PD Module 3640

Module code


Module title

Engineering in Design III


Product Design

Module type

Optional required

Module form


Duration of module

1 semester

Offered in

winter and summer semesters

Studio workload

105 hours

Self-directed workload

135 hours

ECTS credit points


Module leader

Prof. Gerhard Reichert

Email address

e-mail address

Learning outcomes

After completing this module successfully you will have skills in the goal-oriented planning and development of sustainable structures and conditions in product design and be able to relate sustainability requirements into your product development work. You will be familiar with widely used materials and production processes and their aesthetic, technical, and economic potential. You will be able to evaluate and select suitable materials for industrial design applications on the basis of their functional and aesthetic qualities. You will be capable of making basic decisions on the choice and application of materials for the design of components with respect to their mechanical loadings and planned production quantities. You will have demonstrated the application of the visualisation and presentation methods covered in previous and parallel modules.

Module content

This module will inform about data relevant to ecology and sustainability, and explore the relationships between design and the feasibility of the use of new materials and technologies. Production guidelines are based on DIN 8580, and will include the major DIN grouping such as basic forming, non-cutting shaping, cutting, joining, coating, and property changing. The production systems corresponding to each process and its effective principles will be introduced and will contribute to a deeper understanding of the material.

Module teaching units

Technology/Materials 2 (3 contact hours)
Sustainability (2 contact hours)
Optional required: Design (2 contact hours)

Module tutors

All members of Product Design teaching staff


Successful completion of all modules in the 1st to 5th semesters

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, exercises, tutored project work


Project results, documentation, presentation

Teaching language


Prerequisite for

7th semester modules

Recommended literature

Kalweit A.; Paul C.; Peters S.; Wallbaum S.; Handbuch für Technisches Produktdesign: Material und Fertigung, Entscheidungsgrundlagen für Designer und Ingenieure. 2nd edition Berlin: Springer 2012
Pahl, G.; Beitz, W.; Feldhusen, J.; Grote, K.-H.; Konstruktionslehre. 7th edition, Berlin: Springer 2007
Gross D.; Hauger W., Schröder J., Wall W.; Technische Mechanik 1: Statik. Springer; 11th edition, Springer 2011
Alastair Fuad-Luke; Handbuch ökologisches Design; Köln DuMont 2002
Tischner et al; Was ist EcoDesign?; Frankfurt am Main 2000

Buchstabe M
Media laboratory

The Media Laboratory offers an environment for trying out and developing new technologies in augmented reality, virtual reality, and physical computing.