Technical Center and Laboratories

Foto des IGMR Technikums mit stationären und mobilen Robotern Foto eines Cabrioverdeckprüfstandes

Our large test benches and prototypes are located in our technical center in Eilfschornsteinstraße. Here we test new methods, test the developed mechanisms as well as robots and carry out measurements for the subsequent analyses. A wide variety of experimental and test facilities can be set up here. Such test rigs can be used to carry out vibration tests, investigations into the continuous operating behavior of mechanisms, etc. on behalf of industrial partners. In addition, a large number of metrological facilities are operated at IGMR for research purposes and for teaching purposes in the laboratories.


For the production and assembly of test and experimental equipment, of functional samples, of gear prototypes and of gear models, conventional machine tools for almost all metal-cutting production processes are available in our mechanical production area. Our employees in this area are used both for the manufacture and assembly of the test equipment and for carrying out the tests.


Prototype Mechanical Workshop

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For many years, IGMR has operated its own mechanical workshop for the production of prototypes in the field of research and development projects as well as teaching.

The strengths of the team include the many years of experience of the qualified employees in the field of prototype production and assembly of components as well as the subsequent final installation and commissioning of the test equipment and test benches.

In addition, at IGMR there is constant communication within the team between development, design and production as well as the integration of electrical, measurement and control components. In the production of robotic systems, handling devices and motion equipment, high-precision manufacturing, iterative working methods and interdisciplinary communication are of great importance. The components must be precisely coordinated with each other and are subject to constant monitoring of the productive process chain. In addition to conventional machining processes, the 3D printing process (additive manufacturing) is used in our workshop to create an initial functional sample quickly and cost-effectively, depending on the application and feasibility. The use of CAD systems in the field of manufacturing is a matter of course.


Manufacturing process:

  • Turning
  • Milling
  • Drilling
  • Sawing
  • Sandblasting
  • Welding (electrode)
  • 3D printing

Construction Office

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Our Construction Department transforms solutions that have been found in collaboration with industrial partners into new functional models by using common CAD programs (e.g. Pro/ENGINEER, Autodesk Inventor, CATIA, AutoCAD). These functional models are built and developed both at the IGM and by our industrial partners.

Furthermore we develop and construct mechanism models which are used as teaching material. These models help students to visualize movements and help industrial contructors to solve technical problems of mechanisms.


Library of the Institute

There is an extensive collection of german and international literature on mechanism theoryy, dynamics of machines and vibration technology as well as on subject related topics. The collection includes about 7500 specialized books and conference proceedings, 600 journals and numerous subject-specific publications.


Currently the following journals are being subscribed:
ATZ, Automobiltechnische Zeitschrift
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F + M Mechatronik
Mechanism and Machine Theory
Multi-Body Dynamics
Transactions of the ASME (Journal of Vibration and Acoustics)
Transactions of the ASME (Journal of Mechanical Design)


For over 25 years the VDI-journal regulary prints annual surveys about unevenly transmitted mechanisms which have been published by our department. Research can be done via internet using the server of the University Libary.


Classrooms and Seminar Rooms

The Institute has set up three classrooms and seminar rooms. They are designed to hold 12 to 24 people and are used, for example, for mechanical technical laboratories for students in the 4th semester of Mechanical Engineering.

Presentations, trainings and colloquia as well as seminars of kinematics, dynamics and mechatronics of movements take place in these classrooms and seminar rooms as well. These rooms are equipped with the latest technology. There are also three-phase connections for demonstration purposes, e.g. to connect a balancing machine.

The rooms are also equipped with ethernet ports which are used to conduct presentations with a projector and laptop and internet if needed. Conventional presentation devices like a projector and overhead-projector are available as well.


Mechanism Model Collection

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The Institute has a collection of approximately 250 mechanisms and mechanism models. These serve to illustrate movements to students as well as to engineers to solve technical problems of mechanisms. The staff of the Construction Office is in charge of the collection.

Some mechanisms have been covered in the Mechanism lexicon. A virtual access to the the collection of mechanism models was created as part of the DMG-Lib project. You can seize the opportunity and have alook at our models in detail. There are detailed information as well as interactive contents (e.g. virtual 3D-models) available.


Computer Network and Software

The computer Network of the IGMR contains a lot computers and laptops for students. Alongside well-established collaboration software the IGM Network also provides server infrastructure with a variety of services. Furthermore the terminal servers in the Network-Load-Balancing-Cluster serve for simulations and long-term calculations. The IGMR loans various laptop models to students. These Laptop-Pools are available to students to work on scientific papers or to student assistants during the workday.


Institute of Mechanism Theory, Machine Dynamics and Robotics

RWTH Aachen University

Eilfschornsteinstraße 18

52062 Aachen



Phone: +49 241 80 95546

Fax:      +49 241 80 92263


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