Project description

The central objective of this research project is the holistic, fully digital mapping and machine executability of the entire life cycle of a product – that is, all relevant information from requirements to factory structures are consistently mapped and allow fully automated creation and simulation of diverse product and process variants.

Today, a large number of computer modeling and simulation computer (CAD, CFD, MKS, FEM, …) tools are used in industry and rely on their own generic data formats. The effort for modeling and conversion is still enormous and many investigations of possible product and process variants cannot be carried out for cost reasons.

Therefore, the research task is the consistent integration of the different domains (requirements, design, product architecture and geometry, virtual test, digital factory, holistic cost and energy balancing) into an overall model.

The key innovation in the project is that an engineering framework of graph-based design languages ​​is used to solve this task. This framework is based on the enormously powerful approaches of hardware and software development and allows the reuse of existing engineering models and know-how.

The industrial implementation and operational capability is demonstrated on the basis of three use cases (car bonnet, urban mobility vehicle, Segway, gear and user interface design) and supported and validated by the accompanying industrial group.

The resulting processes, methods, tools and libraries are taught based on the use cases. at the universities through joint teaching and further education offers and serve for the targeted transfer of knowledge into industrial practice.

Project structure


Project support

The project is supported by a grant from the European Regional Development Fund (EFRE) and the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts of Baden-Württemberg, Germany (Information under: