Lightweight Design in Product Development

Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2019

Today more than ever, economic growth, prosperity and mobility need to be balanced with the limited availability of natural resources and energy reserves. In this context, lightweight systems play a central role in the realization of sustainable products and components, minimizing material and energy consumption over the entire design lifecycle. The design space available to engineers is continuously expanded by novel material systems and fabrication technologies entering the market. At the same time, novel multi-disciplinary design tools, methods and approaches, new data and information technologies are revolutionizing products and the way they are designed and fabricated.

The Design Science Journal Thematic Collections are collection of articles around a particular theme which appears in the journal within a calendar year. Accepted articles prior to the deadline go through production and are published online as usual (one at a time so there is no delay), but they are reviewed following the standard processes. Design Science aims to facilitate communication across diverse fields and to serve as a bridge across several communities, publishing original quantitative and qualitative research but with a strong emphasis on accessibility by scholars across diverse disciplines. Design Science articles typically include comprehensive introductory materials to facilitate such accessibility.

The purpose of this thematic collection is to selectively address and discuss actual topics along the entire value chain from material to design and fabrication, sharing achievements at the leading edge of research and application, and discussing ideas on future trends.


  • Multi-Functional Lightweight Systems
  • Modular Lightweight Design
  • Engineering of Composites
  • Additive Manufacturing for Lightweight Design
  • Advanced Materials and Processes

For additional topics and other questions regarding this collection, please contact the Guest Editors.

Guest Editors

Paolo Ermanni, ETH Zürich

Sandro Wartzack, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

Mirko Meboldt, ETH Zürich

Dieter Krause, TU Hamburg

Markus Zogg, Inspire AG


For all questions about the Design Science journal please contact Panos Y. Papalambros, Editor-In-Chief ( or John S. Gero, co-Editor-in-Chief (

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