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23 October 2007

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Chair in Construction Design/CAD of the Technical University (TU) Dresden Joins the ProSTEP iViP Association

The chair in construction design/CAD of the Technical University Dresden under the direction of Prof. Dr. Ralph Stelzer joined the ProSTEP iViP association. Goal for the chair which has been mostly involved in virtual product development is to further strengthen the cooperation with industrial partners. "The close cooperation between university and industry is indispensable for the successful realization of our research projects. In this context the collaboration of users, IT-manufacturers and research institutes within the ProSTEP iViP association is of essence", Professor Stelzer points out and adds: "Being able to address specific problems in one of the project groups and promote them in respect of content was another good reason for this membership."

Against the background of always shorter production times, globalized manufacturing and increasing complexity and model variety the chair in construction design/CAD is particularly involved in the usage of virtual technology. Focus is here the holistic approach to the entire product lifecycle. Part of the chair's central work areas are: the cross domain integration of design tools among each other and with systems of the product lifecycle management; the visualization, simulation and validation of virtual prototypes at al., by means of virtual- and augmented reality; reverse engineering for the return and integration of real product models into the virtual product creation; design methods for generative production processes (Rapid Engineering).

About the Technical University Dresden

The Technical University Dresden traces back to the Technical Educational Establishment Dresden founded in 1828; therewith the university is one of the oldest technical-academic educational establishments in Germany. With round about 35 000 students and 6 000 permanent employees - among 419 professors - and almost 2 000 persons employed through third-party-funds it is today the largest university in Saxony. The department of mechanical engineering with about 4 500 students is the largest faculty in the area of engineering sciences. Here Prof.Dr.-Ing.habil. Ralph H.Stelzer is in charge of the chair in construction design/CAD since 2001.

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