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Welcome to the Institute of Product Development

At the Institute of Product Development (IPeG), we pursue education and research as integral components of our cooperation with a high number of students and with our partners from the sciences and industry.

In the field of engineering design and with corresponding projects, we convey the fundamentals of product development and design, while looking to fascinate and inspire students for the many captivating opportunities that our subject has to offer. A wide array of interesting courses and events in the Bachelor and Master studies address our holistic, cross-domain view of and approach to product development with special regard to computer assistance, reliability and aspects of machine construction.

Annually, we educate and train more than 1000 students with our lectures, exercises and internships, while accepting more than 2000 individual examinations in doing so.

Research Focus


We research methods and tools for product development in mechanical engineering, whereas we pay special attention to technical inheritance, reliability and costs.

We perform integrated product developments for new applications and for clients, thereby especially taking into account the technologies of additive manufacturing. 

We have excellently equipped virtual and real laboratories as well as workshops for manufacturing and optomechatronic at our disposal 

Workshop: Additive Serial Manufacturing

Almost 100 participants attended the workshop "Additive Serial Manufacturing" on September 20, 2017, in order to gather information about the state of research and learn more about the application in industry. The workshop was hosted and organised by the Institute of Product Development (IPeG) of the Leibniz Universität Hannover in conjunction with the Laser Centre Hannover e.V. (LZH). 

"The future is not too far away, the additive serial production will be a standard practice by 2020," as predicted by Detlef Scholz, EOS GmbH, in his speech about the topic Factory of the Future.

In other presentations and lectures, the potential of technology and applicable construction material was addressed. It was introduced how manufacturing time and costs can already be predicted during the construction phase using mathematical fractals. When it came to the topic of quality assurance, it was especially interesting to observe the differences in rigidity and stiffness of manufactured components depending on the different manufacturing processes. In addition, it was demonstrated how the components have to be validated and to what extent simulation models can predict component behaviour. 

Furthermore, the speakers presented the state of research regarding laser safety, coating techniques and hybrid procedures. The presentations also addressed the questions of whether and how additive manufacturing can be used for the repair of components, and which additive manufacturing procedures are going to develop in the near future.  

"Additive manufacturing makes it possible to fundamentally rebuild components and to equip components with new functionalities, such as actuator elements. Additive serial manufacturing is the logical continuation of this revolutionary technology," as summarised by Prof. Ludger Overmeyer, director of the LZH.

During the lunch break, the participants were able to inform themselves about the individual procedures and methods of additive manufacturing at various stations on the testing grounds of the LZH.

The articles and presentations of the workshop will be published in cooperation with the Springer Vieweg Verlag.