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Division Virtual Product Creation VPC

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology
Division Virtual Product Creation VPC
Pascalstr. 8-9
10587 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 39006-0  

Division Virtual Product Creation VPC, IPK Berlin

Acting Head of the Virtual Product Creation division:
Dr.-Ing. Kai Lindow

Year of foundation

Members of research staff: 182
Student research assistents: 200
Bachelor students:
Master students:

Strategy / Vision for PLM

Virtual Product Creation is one of the keys to ensure effective product and manufacturing engineering. Digital innovations are essential for the future because they enable engineers to master the increasing complexity of information and to allow intuitive use of process and functional simulation.

Further training offers

  • PLM Professional: Two-week, part-time certificate program in the area of Product Lifecycle Management
  • “Mastering Digital Twins”: Modular online certificate course in the field of digital twins

Main areas of research

  • Product development methods and processes
  • Product design and functional verification
  • Intuitive interaction with virtual prototypes
  • Information management for product creation
  • Methods of digital production and factory processes


  • The Fraunhofer Group for Production
  • The Fraunhofer AutoMOBILE Production Alliance
  • The Wissenschaftlichen Gesellschaft für Produktentwicklung – WiGeP (competence network to enhance product innovation in mechanical engineering and cognate industries)
  • The European Manufacturing and Innovation Research Association
  • The Innovation Alliance for Virtual Technologies
  • The Center of Human-Machine Systems
  • The Electromobility Research Network
  • International Academy for Production Engineering (College International pour la Recherche en Productique – CIRP)

Industry projects

  • Consulting and introduction of new virtual product creation technologies
  • Assessment and migration of PDM/PLM solutions
  • Studies on technologies, market developments und user behaviour
  • Innovation workshops

Industry partners

Leading industrial enterprise in the fields of:

  • Car lndustry
  • Aerospace industry
  • Mechanical and plant engineering
  • Energy production
  • Medical technology
  • CAx- and PDM/PLM vendors.