Activities

The DiK department participates in various research and teaching activities.

PACE – Partners for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education – is an international support program of the companies General Motors, EDS und SUN Microsystems founded in 1999. Since February 2003, the Department of Computer Integrated Design representing the TU Darmstadt participates in the PACE program as the first German university.

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From the beginning the development of STEP was one of the main topics. STEP (Standard for the Exchange of Product model data) describes the international standards being published in the series of standards ISO 10303.

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Technische Universität Darmstadt is a member of the JT Open Program since 2003. JT Open is a globally operating community of different stakeholders, like industrial enterprises, software vendors, users and universities. Main objective is the provision of 3D product data through the entire product life cycle based on an open and standardized data format.

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Generative manufacturing processes, also known as additive manufacturing processes, are currently subject to ongoing development. The DiK develops solutions for the optimization and further development of generative manufacturing processes. These particularly concern topics such as the development of new exchange formats for generative manufacturing, the integration of design guidelines for generative manufacturing into the virtual design process, the optimization of the nesting process and the feedback of knowledge from the construction process and the usage phase back into virtual product development.

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In the first project phase of the Smart Systems Engineering project, focus was placed on solutions for the cross-disciplinary and cross-enterprise exchange of behavioral models. A total of nine use cases that lie within the V model were already compiled together with industry partners.

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Web technologies provide a platform-independent access to information of (embedded) systems. Exemplary, this technology can be used to enable a machine-to-machine communication. Current research focuses on the integration of web technologies into the product development and production as well as into the underlying systems and processes.

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