Digital Engineering

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Digital Engineering is engineering with digital models in product development and production planning. Virtual functional prototypes are created early in the development process and tested by means of digital simulation or in interaction with the user or developer. Virtual reality technologies are used to make the prototypes tangible and communicable in heterogeneous development and planning teams as well as in customer relationships and to decision-makers.


  • Creation of introductory concepts for virtual engineering
  • Design and organization of agile development processes
  • Modeling and simulation of physical and functional product properties
  • Real-time capable auralization of acoustic product properties in their respective acoustic application environments
  • Planning and development of systems for virtual prototyping and testing
  • Provision of simulation and VR systems and execution of engineering services


Further information

amePLM: Advanced platform for manufacturing engineering and PLM [Fraunhofer IAO (German)]
Increasing the competitiveness of smaller manufacturing companies by analyzing and improving their software support

Optimization of development processes [Fraunhofer IAO (German)]
Innovative, digitally supported development process for the competitive development of assemblies

AVP3 [Project Page]
Project with participation of Fraunhofer IDMT for acoustically enhanced virtualization of products and production processes

Verification and validation methods for highly automated vehicles in urban environments [Fraunhofer IESE]

Dynamics and System Simulation [Fraunhofer ITWM] 

Digital Twins – success factor for Virtual Engineering [Fraunhofer IESE]

Simulation Framework “FERAL” for Virtual Engineering [Fraunhofer IESE]