Product design is one of the core fields of engineering. As component properties are considerably influenced by manufacturing processes, there is an increasing need to take an interdisciplinary approach to this task, drawing on product design, production and materials technology. The design process must be geared towards these properties, which are influenced by individual machining steps throughout the whole process from raw materials or semi-finished products through to the finished product itself. Since these processes are highly developed, the challenges in this field mainly fall within the scope of production engineering research. The main focus of Manufacturing and Materials Technology is the development and optimisation of processes and process chains in manufacturing and materials technology including production-related component properties. To cover all aspects, Manufacturing and Materials Technology is subdivided into the two fields of expertise.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Volker Schulze