The realisation that with pure digitisation or virtualisation the connection to the real problem is lost induces the need for a very practically oriented training concept in the field of digitisation. Technical mechanics plays a central role in understanding digital production processes.
The aim is to provide students with an intensive practical insight into the challenges of digitalisation and automation of a modern production facility and to implement these in practice. The approach is independent study and experimentation on a small scale (desktop). The CAD-CAM process, including modelling and simulation, as well as sensor technology and artificial intelligence (AI), should be able to be mapped. Adjacent to this, another interesting field of activity and research is emerging: networking and communication. The platform is a hybrid system consisting of:
- 3D printer,
- desktop robots,
- and 5-axis desktop CNC milling machines.
Due to the compact design, the Pocket NC desktop CNC machines can also be used for demonstrations in the lecture hall or other simple rooms. The educational focus of this blended learning activity is on mechanical issues and sensor technology.
The digital engineering laboratory is integrated into various courses in the Master's area and serves as a platform for student research projects and theses. In addition, the lab is used in the area of vocational training.