The DHBW Heidenheim is equipped with a range of laboratories that support teaching, as well as research, innovation, and transfer. Students use these laboratories to write their study theses, project theses, and bachelor theses. Research projects can also be implemented in collaboration with companies and institutes.


Obesity trainer

An increasing number of people are obese. This creates new challenges for medical and nursing care. The goal of the simulation is to address this health disorder from a scientifically valid basis to encourage reflection on personal positions, infrastructure and equipment in health care facilities, and to raise awareness of prevention and supportive health measures, while promoting empathy.

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Age simulator

As people get older, their eyesight, hearing, grip, and walking abilities become diminished, as well as their mobility. But what does this mean exactly? The age simulator allows participants to experience everyday scenarios from the life of an elderly person. The goal is to address demographic change from a scientifically valid basis to encourage reflection on the bio-psycho-social sensitives of the elderly and raise awareness for this topic among a wide range of target groups.

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Automation laboratory

The automation laboratory of the DHBW Heidenheim is divided into two sections: two model systems of automated production lines by Festo Didactic and three robot training cells by Kuka.

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CIM/CNC laboratory

The CIM/CNC laboratory is equipped with a manufacturing workshop for CNC machining parts.

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A FabLab is an open workshop that offers production facilities and modern industrial production techniques for manufacturing individual parts. A large variety of different materials can be processed using equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters, soldering technology, and many other machines and tools.

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Haptics laboratory

In their work, physical therapists use their sense of touch to look for tension and evaluate how joints feel by exploring them manually, for example to feel whether there are any spasticity changes in neurological patients. Among other projects, the haptics laboratory operates a specially developed and validated test and training system to measure the haptic threshold, namely the highest possible sensitivity of active tactile exploration.

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Plastics laboratory

The plastics laboratory of the DHBW Heidenheim focuses on the use of various fiber-reinforced materials and the molds needed to manufacture parts. The typically small quantities of materials required for laboratory conditions often necessitate different procedures than series production, but the parts, resources, and processes must still satisfy the same quality requirements.

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Laboratory for generative manufacturing processes (3D printing, rapid prototyping)

Generative manufacturing processes, also known as 3D printing or rapid prototyping, allow individual parts to be created without tools.

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Laboratory for optical metrology

Optical scanners make it possible to measure and test the surface of objects of almost any size. In the laboratory for optical metrology of the DHBW Heidenheim, parts are digitized using an ATOS III strip projection scanner made by GOM mbH. This involves recording surfaces in three dimensions for subsequent analysis and evaluation to diagnose faults and assess the quality of the object.

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Laboratory for scanning electron microscopy

Scanning electron microscopy makes it possible to represent the surfaces of objects at higher magnifications and greater focus depth. The laboratory for scanning electron microscopy at the DHBW Heidenheim performs measurements, tests, and analyses of metallic, mineral, and biological samples.

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Laboratory for non-destructive testing / industrial computed tomography

Non-destructive testing of objects with industrial computed tomography (iCT) makes it possible to visualize any complex, hidden, or even internal structures of parts. The laboratory for industrial computed tomography of the DHBW Heidenheim generates a three-dimensional dataset that allows a precise and high-resolution metrological analysis of parts and enables faults to be diagnosed.

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Molecular biology laboratory

Molecular biology examines living phenomena at the molecular level. It studies the structure and function of biological macromolecules such as nucleic acids (DNA/RNA) and proteins. The molecular biology laboratory at the campus Ulm-Wiblingen allows students to perform molecular biology and genetic engineering work.

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User experience laboratory

The user experience laboratory investigates new learning scenarios against the background of Industry 4.0 and conducts research projects in fields such as digital learning and automotive software. The best-known application is eye-tracking software, from the field of marketing. Another application involves studying user-friendly, experience-oriented designs for user interfaces in human-machine interactions.

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For any questions about research projects or other research-related issues, please contact:

Marienstraße 20, Raum 720, 89518 Heidenheim