Prof. Dr. Gerd Witt | Production Technology

Personal Details

Prof. Dr. Gerd Witt studied at the University of Karl-Marx-Stadt from 1975 to 1979. He received his Ph.D. in 1982 and earned his postdoctoral lecturer qualification in 1990. Throughout the period from 1979 to 1990, he was academic assistant in the field of "Manufacturing process design" at the former Technical University of Karl-Marx-Stadt. Afterwards, he switched to industrial work. During his eight years of activities he was member of the management board of the ABB Service GmbH Germany and the senior manager for the branch office Berlin. He held the position of technical director of the Niles-Simmons industrial facilities GmbH. In addition to his professional activities, he worked in expert groups and program committees of the Federal Ministry of Research and Technology ("Expert Group for the Evaluation of Basic Research Tasks", "Production 2000"). In 1998, he accepted a call on the professorship for Manufacturing Processes and Machine Tools of the Gerhard-Mercator-University of Duisburg. A year later, Prof. Witt took over the position of deputy chairman of the VDI-Ruhr district association.


Professor Witt’s aim is to teach students about

  • Manufacturing
  • Production Technology
  • Production Engineering
  • Machine Tools
  • Rapid Technologies
  • Welding Technology.


The work and research field of professor Witt include the areas of rapid technologies (rapid prototyping), simulation of manufacturing processes and assembly processes, manufacturing technical feasibility and optimization studies for the economy. An emphasis is on the following fields:

  • Rapid Technologies (Rapid Prototyping)
  • Simulation of processes
  • Work safety
  • Production of fuel cells
  • Industrial projects

Selected recent research projects have been:

  • Simulation of a secure process chain in the automotive industry
  • Metal Laser-sintering for the production of tooling inserts
  • Pallet turning device (PWG)
  • Systems analysis of production facilities
  • Optimisation of manufacturing processes, e.g., business area slide in the VAW Aluminium AG
  • Development of assemblies for the optimization of the process ability

Professor Witt was a member of the Expert Council "Future Strategies" at the Institute for Social Research (ISF), Munich, and is a board member of the Wilhelm Heinrich Steinhaus-Stiftung, and a member of the work group machine tools Sachsen-Thueringen e.V.. Professor Gerd Witt is also head of division "production technology" of the Centre for Fuel Cell Technology GmbH (ZBT). In addition, he is chairman of the experts Committee Rapid Prototyping of the VDI and elected assessors of the Aif. Professor Witt cooperates with companies like Thyssenkrupp Stahl, Airbus, Audi, Daimler, BMW, WKW Erbslöh Automotive GmbH, IWS, Siemens, Lemken, Forschungszentrum Jülich and others.
Professor Witt has authored numerous scientific publications which appeared in refereed journal like CAD-CAM Engineering Magazin REPORT, RTE journal Ausgabe, Rapid Prototyping Journal, Wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift der TU-Karl-Marx-Stadt, MM MachinenMarkt, Rapid.Tech, Future Industrial Applications of Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing, Chemie Ingenieur Technik Jahrgang, and others.