Lightweight Design in Product Development

Published articles are found on the Design Science Journal site in Cambridge Core

Today more than ever, economic growth, prosperity, and mobility need to be balanced with the limited availability of natural resources and energy reserves. In this context, lightweight systems play a central role in the realization of sustainable products and components, minimizing material and energy consumption over the entire design lifecycle. The design space available to engineers is continuously expanded by novel material systems and fabrication technologies entering the market. At the same time, novel multi-disciplinary design tools, methods, and approaches, new data, and information technologies are revolutionizing products and the way they are designed and fabricated.

The purpose of this thematic collection is to selectively address and discuss actual topics along the entire value chain from material to design and fabrication, sharing achievements at the leading edge of research and application, and discussing ideas on future trends.

Topics: Multi-Functional Lightweight Systems, Modular Lightweight Design, Engineering of Composites, Additive Manufacturing for Lightweight Design, Advanced Materials and Processes

Guest Editors

Paolo Ermanni, ETH Zürich

Sandro Wartzack, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

Dieter Krause, TU Hamburg

Markus Zogg, Inspire AG

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