About us

The Section for Manufacturing Engineering performs theoretical, numerical, and experimental research in the field of manufacturing engineering. It covers a wide range of manufacturing processes and modelling approaches, metrology at all scales, micro/nano manufacturing, and additive manufacturing. The research is based on a multidisciplinary use of process technology, materials science, solid and fluid mechanics as well as thermodynamics and heat transfer in the analysis, modelling, and development of manufacturing processes.

The research objective is to promote precision manufacturing to meet performance, durability, reliability, size, and cost requirements of modern products. Precision manufacturing is characterized by parts with tight tolerances and specific functional properties, often made in advanced materials with specific properties.

New tendencies
The focus is on adopting the industry 4.0 framework in both teaching and research. This inherently involves two themes: a) Establishing the digital twin of manufactured products by the combination of process monitoring and process modelling as well as b) Increasing the focus on manufacturing processes, which are inherently born digital, such as additive manufacturing. A senior researcher position, which will be in charge of a cross-departmental initiative on industry 4.0 and additive manufacturing has specifically been allocated to this area. As regards teaching, a process has been initiated in which the aim is to a) strengthen the application of digital tools in courses and projects as well as to b) teach how to apply and benefit from the digitalization of production.

Expectations for the year ahead
The section will further strengthen its activities within the digitalization of manufacturing processes under the umbrella of industry 4.0. This specifically involves increased activities in additive manufacturing, including the initialization of the newly granted AM-LINE4.0, which is an IFD funded Grand Solutions project in which a fully equipped physical production line for metals additive manufacturing will be established at the Danish Technological Institute in Aarhus. The Section will, together with MTU and FAM, be responsible for establishing the digital twin of this production line.

The section has unique experimental facilities and laboratories at its disposal in buildings 423, 425 and 427.





Jesper Henri Hattel
Head of Section, Professor
DTU Mechanical Engineering
+45 45 25 47 10