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Sprache: Englisch

The training course „Product Design & Development Tools“ covers development processes by 3D digital models. Core applications can be found within product development, industrial engineering and any development processes of technical goods (such as buildings) or services. Virtual engineering methods can be incorporated into any industrial sector. Subsequently virtual engineering gained high importance for all manufacturing industries, in particular dealing with very complex products. The time delay between cost definition (during the product’s development phase) and cost emergence (during production, maintenance) en-forces maximum testing of a prototype’s properties and a prototype’s functionality as early as possible in the development process. Thus companies look for possibilities to visualize functions, to identify customer requirements, to check ergonomics, to test produce ability or to consider design alternatives. The objective is to enable fast development cycles serving as an active process element, to enable early feedback of results, to emphasize early development phases, to generate alternative product concepts and to support the product’s specification. Only those companies addressing these challenges will maintain their global competitiveness in a suitable way. The course „Product Design & Development Tools“ offers the necessary qualifications to get there.

Target Audience

The course is targeted at managers and engineers, who are responsible for or advising in implementing new design and development tools and processes.


  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
  • Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
  • Analysis of composite and lightweight constructions
  • Crash simulation of composites
  • Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Virtual Mock-Up (VMU)
  • High performance computing

Module 1: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) (1 day)

  • product creating process: product development, manufacturing, resource planning
  • development master data, manufacturing master data, numbering system, versioning, variant management, views, product structure
  • PDM and PLM fundamentals, system integration, PLM system architecture, PLM installations, PLM functions

Module2: Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) for composites and light weight construction (1 day)

  • why digital simulation in product development, the role of CAE, simulation process sequence, CAE workflow, CAE process chain
  • CAE methods (FEM, BEM, FVM, FDM, MKS, control systems)
  • material modeling, micro structure modeling, component strength simulation, fatigue, process simulation, computational procedures, mathematical methods

Module 3: Crash Simulation of Composites (1 day)

  • deformation analysis of plastic and elastic parts, modeling
  • application fields, simulation results and value, limits of simulation
  • visualization of crash process

Module 4: Visualization and Virtual Prototyping (1.5 days)

  • Virtual Reality (VR): fundamentals, human perception, benefits, applications,
  • VR systems, computer graphics, management issues
  • Virtual mock-up (VMU): definition, physical mock-up, motivation, applications, dynamic VMU, functional VMU

Module 5: Practical Training at the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (0.5 days)

  • overview high performance computing (HPC)
  • HPC and VR projects at HLRS
  • visit of computing centre facilities and 4-sided CAVE

Knowledge Transfer Project

Following to the course each participant works on a knowledge transfer project in his or her company to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the seminars. The content of the project shall be an actual task from the daily work of the participant. One of the course instructors is a supervisor for the project. The knowledge transfer project is documented in a short written report and presented a few weeks after the course.

Course Procedure

The certificate course includes 4.5 days of seminars, in the training rooms of ASA and 0.5 day of practical training at the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart. A one-hour written test will be administered a few weeks after the seminars. Seminars contain lecture, group and single exercises as well as case studies with high practical relevance.


Upon successful completion and passing of the test, participants are awarded a certificate by the Steinbeis University Berlin. In addition, 5 internationally accepted ECTS credit points are awarded, which confirms the participation in this short study program. Grading is based on the written test and the knowledge transfer project.

Admission Requirements

The course is open to participants from all technical disciplines (e.g. engineering, physics) with a Bachelor’s degree and at least 2 years of work experience.

Course objectives

This course aims at giving a qualified and high expertise overview of product design and development tools. These new tools establish the basis for innovations: independent of the industrial sector, they improve development efficiency and product quality. Specific characteristics and desired functions of products can be validated with digital prototypes in the early concept phase. This enables informed decisions on future investments and saves costs in the complete product life cycle. Companies strengthen their international competitiveness by the application of new product design and development tools.

Benefits for the participant

  • The course transfers theoretical and practical knowledge in product design and development tools.
  • Participants obtain competencies in one of the most evolving fields in the manufacturing industry.
  • Participants get a unique professional profile, which sets them apart from other managers.

Benefits for the company

  • Participants of this course obtain the expertise to lift the company to the state of the art in product development processes
  • Participants enable informed decisions on future investments. They help saving costs both for product development and for production planning.
  • Participants improve process efficiency and product quality, achieving the best customer satisfaction.

Course instructors

Dr. Christoph Runde

General manager of the Virtual Dimension Center (VDC) and lecturer for virtual reality at the Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences.

Dr. Albrecht Gehring

Lecturer at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW).

Detlef Haesner

Chef Executive Officer of usb Management Consulting and System Development GmbH with over 30 years of experience in the field of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) in Aerospace projects.

Christof Kindervater

Assistant Head of the Institute of Structures and Design of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Stuttgart.

Steinbeis Transferzentrum

Aerospace Technology and Application (ASA)
Schwarzwaldstr. 134
70569  Stuttgart
Tel.: + 49 (0) 711-451001-11
Fax: + 49 (0) 711-451001-41

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