IN2106 Intelligent Machine Design Lab- Product Prototype Development

Lecturer (assistant)
TypePractical course
Duration6 SWS
TermSommersemester 2023
Language of instructionGerman
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Admission information


After successful completion of the course, students have gained in-depth practical knowledge and Skills about systems design and are able to develop complex mechatronic systems and product prototypes. In addition, students have developed and advanced skills in problem-solving, team-work and time management. Hence, they are capable of designing market-ready products.


The IMDL - Intelligent Machine Design Lab Module 2.2 is part of a three-semester module series, which aims to enable students to develop and build complex and powerful mechatronic systems with high social/economic relevance. Students learn to develop product ideas independently and to transfer them step by step into near-series product prototypes. After completing the module series, students are able to start mechatronic systems and projects of any complexity and to develop and successfully realize their own project ideas, which solve e.g. social, economic, or ecological problems. Particular focus is placed on the development of multi-disciplinary design and integration skills and their use in an interdisciplinary team. The modules within a semester as well as between the different semesters build on each other in terms of content. Therefore, successful completion of the previous modules is strongly recommended. The focus of Module 3 of this series is the further development of mechatronics product prototype development skills and knowledge – with focus on business case scenarios, advanced product requirements and production. The students must specify a product idea and develop a product prototype fulfilling defined/advanced requirements. The project advances the mechatronics system development skills of IMDL-1 and IMDL-2 to product-like complexity, integration-level and requirement-scope.


- IMD - Advanced System Design (IMDL-Veranstaltung Semester 2) - IMD - Advanced Mechatronics Components (IMDL-Veranstaltung Semester 2) - IMD - Mechatronics Fundamentals (IMDL-Veranstaltung Semester 1) - IMDL - Basic System Design (IMDL-Veranstaltung Semester 1) - Programmierung (C ) - Basics of electrical engineering (analog circuits, ...) - Basics of electronics (microcontroller, bus systems, ...) - Basics of machine hardware - Actuator and sensor systems

Teaching and learning methods

Project work • Introductory classes  Kick-Start the project • Weekly Milestone-Reviews  Give students continuous feedback about their development state • Workshops o Product development methods o Project planning o Team communication & collaboration o Time management • Project work o Supervised and unsupervised work in the laboratory o Independent student work


The module grade is determined by the actual project work in which the students show their ability to work in a team and to develop and integrate complex mechatronic systems and product prototypes. The students should present their work and also show that the designed systems fulfill the designated requirements. The final grade is determined by the following distribution: • Prototype evaluation (45%): o (15%) Design & Production quality o (15%) Basic functionality o (15%) In-Field evaluation • Approach and Presentation (55%): o (15%) Daily work-steps protocol o (15%) Weekly mile-stone meetings o (10%) Final presentation o (15%) Self-Evaluation Students from the Informatics department must carry out additional scientific and logistical investigation. The content and results of this work will be summarized in a 10-page report.

Recommended literature

- Paul Scherz and Simon Monk, ‘Practical Electronics for Inventors’, 4th rev. ed McGraw-Hill Education - Eric S. Roberts, ‘The Art and Science of C’, Pearson Education - Robert l. Norton, ‘Design of Machinery’, Mcgraw-Hill Europe; 3rd Revised edition - Clarence W. De Silva, ‘Mechatronics: Fundamentals and Applications’, Apple Academic Press Inc. - Shimon Y. Nof, ‘Springer Handbook of Automation’, Springer; 2009. Edition - Jan Awrejcewicz, ‘Mechatronics: Ideas, Challenges, Solutions and Applications’, Springer; 1st ed. 2016 Edition - Rochdi Merzouki, ‘Intelligent Mechatronic Systems; Modeling, Control and Diagnosis’, Springer; Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2013 Edition - Paul Horowitz, ‘The Art of Electronics’, Cambridge University Press; 3. Edition