The Department


The Department of Computer Integrated Design

The Department

The Department of Computer Integrated Design (DiK) is part of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the Technische Universität Darmstadt. The integration of information technology as integral part of modern mechanical engineering and the linkage of research and education to industrial needs are our fundamental targets. Moreover the DiK is positioned as the competence center of information technology affairs within the faculty.

Advanced teachings

Besides our lecture concerning information technology and programming languages in the first semester, we are introducing students in the second semester to 3D-CAD based methods of geometric modeling. This approach initiated the move from a drawing board based course to an education based on parametric geometry modelling using 3D-CAD systems (also known as “Darmstädter Weg”).

Core competence: Virtual Product Development

The principles and methods of processing product data are still quite challenging. To understand product data, product data flows and product data processing, the holistic approach of Virtual Product Development has been chosen for education and research. Therefore Virtual Product Development is offered as a series of courses for graduates consisting of Virtual Product Development A, B and C, covering CAD systems technology, CAX-process chains, product data management as well as methods and tools for product and process specification and modelling.

Research perspective: Industrie 4.0

In research, the Department of Computer Integrated Design connects the four research fields “Information Modeling”, “Virtual Product Creation”, “Collaborative Engineering” and “Digital Factory”. By the evolution of information and communication technology, economy faces the 4th Industrial Revolution. The Federal Government of Germany has set up its High-Tech-Strategy 2020 in order to support the research initiative Industrie 4.0. Industrie 4.0 is characterized by four fundamental approaches: Deployment of cyber-physical systems, networking and communication based on modern internet technologies, components and manufacturing resources as information carriers and a holistic concept for safety and security. This enables the application of smart, connected products and manufacturing resources throughout the entire product lifecycle in smart environments. To ensure competitiveness of Germany as production site, the Plattform Industrie 4.0 has been founded. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reiner Anderl is the spokesman of the scientific advisory council. The Department of Computer Integrated Design supports the transfer of knowledge from science and research into industrial environment. The scientific expertise of the Department of Computer Integrated Design is continuously enhanced by numerous research projects and cooperation with industry. If you want to learn more about Industrie 4.0, you are invited to contact the Department of Computer Integrated Design as competent advisor.


  • 2017/08/09

    DiK student team wins first prizes in Toluca, Mexico

    In the week from 24 to 28 July 2017, the presentations and the award ceremony of the PUMA project (Personal Urban Mobility Access) took place within the framework of the 2017 PACE Global Annual Forum in Toluca (Mexico).

    Students of TU Darmstadt designed and developed in the first half of a two-year project a personal mobility solution with students of Tongji University, Politecnico di Torina, Hunan University, RWTH Aachen University, and the University of Cincinnati in an international cooperation. In the first year, the project deals with market research, concept and design of two solutions. The second year then focuses on the detailed engineering and manufacturing of the selected concept and ends in the manufacturing of a functional prototype and a road test. At the PACE Forum 2017 in Toluca all six participating teams presented their concepts before the participants of the Global Annual Forum and defended them in a Question & Answer session before an international jury from academia and industry (GM, Siemens PLM Software, Autodesk, Oracle, HP). With the concept “Pebble” our team achieved a Top 3 placement in three out of four categories:

    2nd place category “Market Research”

    1st place category “Design”

    1st place category “Engineering”

    …and was announced “Overall Award Winner”.

  • 2017/08/01

    Besuch von Munich RE


    Am 25.07.2017 besuchte die Münchner Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft (Munich RE) das Fachgebiet Datenverarbeitung in der Konstruktion (DiK), um sich über das Thema Bedrohungs- und Risikoanalysen durch Industrie 4.0 und IT-Sicherheit zu informieren. Im Rahmen des Einführungsvortrags stellte Professor Anderl das Mittelstand 4.0 – Kompetenzzentrum Darmstadt und das IUNO-Projekt vor. Im Anschluss daran besuchten die Teilnehmer das neu eingerichtete Forschungslabor des Fachgebiets DiK und die Prozesslernfabrik CiP.