The Internet of Things (IoT), smart home concepts and Industry 4.0 are becoming increasingly important. Companies need to equip their products with 'intelligence' in order to remain competitive. To do this, they need computer scientists who have practical experience with smart objects in addition to skills in software development.

During studies, however, there is often a lack of opportunities to gain these experiences and put learned skills into practice.

With the IoT Garage, we want to enable UDE students to develop and practically implement their own ideas for smart devices. To this end, we offer extensive support at every stage of development, which can provide immediate assistance when problems arise. In addition, the Iot Garage offers a wide range of tools necessary for the realization of smart devices. This allows students to be able to apply theoretical knowledge themselves, while at the same time turning their own ideas into reality.


BC 012

B area, Bismarckstraße 90, 47057 Duisburg

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Every Thursday from 14:00 - 16:00

(during semester break as well)


Then sign up for the Moodle course, send us an email at or just come by.

What we offer

UDE Students can just drop by the IoT Garage and work on their own projects with the help of staff and realise their own ideas with their support.

Apart from affiliation to the UDE there are no preconditions for working at the IoT Garage. However, it is important to bring a willingness to learn.

Materials are offered to the students free of charge as far as possible. This includes, among other things, materials for 3D printing, electronic components or microchips.

In addition to assistance from our staff, certain courses are offered to acquire or deepen practical knowledge. Topics covered include soldering and circuit board design, of course, but also programming languages and the use of single-board computers.

You can find the current range of courses here.


Soldering workstation

Soldering workstation

With everything that is needed. For the assembly of electronic components with through-hole technology (THT) and surface-mount-device (SMD) technology

Two different 3D printers

3D printers

For the production of mechanical components or housings. Both fused deposition (FDM) and stereolithography (SLA) techniques are available


For testing circuits and measuring as well as displaying signals

A bench drill

Bench drill

For drilling holes in various materials

Photo of a microscope with an example image for scale

Digital microscope

For inspecting solder joints and other fine work

A laser cutter

Laser cutter

For the manufacturing of stencils, mechanical components or housings (in layered assembly) from various materials such as wood or acrylic

Photo of a PCB printer

PCB printer

For the individual production of circuit boards, particularly suitable for prototyping

You can find detailed technical information such as print dimensions or available filaments in the Moodle course


This project is supported by the program "Lehr-Lern-Innovationen UDE 2018" under the funding line "Lehre konkret" as part of the initiative "Entwicklung Intelligenter Gegenstände – Von Studierenden für Studierende".