Research Claims of Lightweight and Multi Material Design

The group Lightweight Design and Multi Material Design does research on the development process of multi material and lightweight design in large-scale automotive production as well as additive manufacturing. As a part of the Forschunscampus Open Hybrid LabFactory (OHLF) in Wolfsburg the group works with ideal conditions for research in the field of hybrid design approaches. The Additive Manufacturing Lab in Braunschweig forms the synergy with research at the OHLF and mirrors the questions from multi material lightweight design into the world of additive manufacturing.

Research Topics

  • Development Processes, Methods and Tools: To make sure that the designer/product developer prospectively develops complex products more efficiently, the development process is considered completely. Based on this, methods can be derived to promote a systematic and effective development. Knowledge-Based Engineering supports the design engineer by libraries with design principles and recommendations, and algorithms for model generation. The developed optimization tools additionally provide a profound design of components already in early stages of product development.
  • Design Approaches: The concept development of different design approaches is an essential component for identifying application examples and potentials as well as testing innovative developments. At the same time the entire product design is questioned and reconsidered to establish new approaches in product development and generate innovative solutions. Furthermore, the characterization of multi-material design approaches and additive manufacturing is pursued to the early identification of significant product features. By this means, product cost and weight can be estimated at an early stage and compared to conventional design approaches.
  • Additive Manufacturing: Compared to established, conventional production processes, additive manufacturing affords a new design freedom in the fields of thermoplastics, metals and ceramics, which is currently given insufficient consideration due to lack of knowledge and production-related barriers of thinking in product development. Through a systematic comparison of constructive freedoms and borders of additive manufacturing processes, new potentials can be realistically assessed in product design and purposefully applied in new concepts of products. Apart from deriving design guidelines and developing methods for supporting idea generation, plant redevelopment and modification is an additional focus of research.

Selected Projects

  • MultiMak2: Design and development of assessment tools for ecologically optimized multi-material automotive components for mass production
  • LehoMit-Hybrid: Lightweight high performance center tunnel for a car body in a hybrid metal-and-fiber-reinforced-plastic-construction
  • OpenBioprint: Development of an open 3D-printer for rapid production of hybrid, biocompatible components

Team Head



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