Welcome to the Laboratory for Product Development and Lightweight Design

Our Laboratory’s research and teaching is about engineering design, i.e., the creation of concrete solutions to specific problems. This is particularly challenging when the solution and its elements are entirely unknown. In so-called top-down approaches, the development focus is on the desired features of the new product rather than on already existing solutions or their elements. Both methods from product development, such as creativity techniques, and methods from lightweight design, such as physical surrogate modelling, help to explore the unknown and find a way to new solutions to complex problems.

For complex problems, it is often important to consider the entire system by adopting a holistic and interdisciplinary view. In both lightweight design and in product development, all relevant requirements on a product, all aspects of feasibility and constraints on realization, and all interactions of all system components have to be taken into account.

How to treat the resulting complexity is an important subject of our research and teaching. We cover a large span of different quantitative and qualitative methods ranging, for example, from new numerical optimization techniques from lightweight design to Design Structure Matrices from product development.

In order to produce both applicable and scientifically outstanding results we closely cooperate with many partners from industry and academia.

LPL News

Proceedings of the Munich Symposium on Lightweight Design MSLD2021 are now available at Springer

We are happy to announce that the Proceedings of the Munich Symposium on Lightweight Design MSLD2021 are now available at Springer.

New Issue of LPL news 2022-2

In the ninth edition of LPL news 2022-1 you can find again numerous articles about teaching, projects and research at the laboratory for product development and lightweight design. LPL news 10 (2022-2)

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Call for Abstracts Munich Symposium on Lightweight Design 2022

We invite all interested researchers and industry practitioners to present their work on Design and Optimization of Lightweight Structures, Design for Additive Manufacturing and Topology Optimization on 30 November 2022 at the Technische Universität München!    More information on the submission…