Study in four different universities in four different countries in the Blended Intensive Program (BIP)

In the cooperation of four different universities in four different countries, a completely new course will start at 2023 Spring, in the care of the following institutions:

  • Graz University of Technology, Institute of Materials Science, Joining and Forming Graz, Austria
  • Universitatea Sapientia Din Cluj Napoca, Faculty of Technical and Human Sciences Targu Mures (Marosvásárhely), Romania
  • University of Slavonski Brod, Mechanical Engineering Faculty in Slavonski Brod Slavonski Brod, Croatia
  • John von Neumann University, GAMF Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science Kecskemét, Hungary


Technical details about the course:

Name: Fundamentals and practice of sheet metal tool design
Language: English
Level: BSc, MSc, engineering, 3 credits (ECTS)
Classification: optional subject
Date: 02 March 2023 – 25 May 2023
Number of teaching hours: 10 x 90 min. online consultation and 5 x 90 min. physical practice in Kecskemét (H)
Assestment method: practical marks for lab report at the physical week
Form of implementation: online consultations and one-week physical practice
Free of charge for students  


At the end of the semester, a physical mobility of 5 days (22 May – 26 May) is organized in Kecskemét. This is mandatory for the students, which is free of charge to them. The lecturers are also warmly welcome, whose travel can be supported by (home) institutional Erasmus grants. This is the week when the course will be formally closed, and the students will be assessed based on their lab reports and theoretical knowledge.

Outside the lessons, different kind of adventure excursions (factory visits and city sightseeing) are also organized.

To whom do we recommend? To YOU!

  • International teamwork in friendly environment – developing networking skills;
  • Up to date engineering knowledge;
  • Practical training, but theory from four different point of view;
  • Tool design that means the art of engineering;
  • Adventurous mobility in Hungary.

Are you studying mechanical-, material-, or vehicle engineering? Do you like create CAD models and ever heard about materials science as well as metal forming? This course is made for you.
Are you studying electrical-, logistic-, or similar engineering fields and you have not learned too much about materials processing technologies yet? You can hear about it here. You just need to be interested in modeling, drawing and materials science. And don’t worry, we are for helping you!


Tool design, tool machining and tool maintenance are activities without which most of the companies, be it a foundry, an injection moulding plant or a press shop would not exist. Yet, in regular education, students hear just a little about the forming tools. We have now shuffled the cards, and we are doing so in partnership with four universities. Here you can hear about up-to-date knowledge, enhanced by international networking. From microstructure to process planning, you will find facts and figures of engineering in an unconventional framework, called BIP.

Objectives: Students can get a short insight to the industrial processes, the mechanical testing methods of sheets, the theoretical and practical design and analysis of sheet metal forming processes and dies to develop their profession and networking skills in engineering. They can join into the lectures of professors from different institutes online, and learn for example, about the influence of temperature, time and deformation grade in the microstructure of metal alloys, the preparation of the mathematical material models for sheet metals, and the concept of sheet bending (characterization of the deformation, designing bending process, etc.). During the physical week, students can get in touch with the construction elements and design practice of sheet stamping dies. CAD modelling and finite element simulations needed for practical tool design will also be discussed and performed in the course to complete a design project in teamwork.

Anyone can see that students can gain a relatively wide range of engineering skills in this course that will be useful beyond any doubt in their career.

Pre-study conditions: The course is recommended for engineering students in their second semester or more. Fundamental knowledge of material science and materials’ processing technologies is advantageous, but not mandatory. However, basic CAD modelling background is required, or should be learnt individually during the course.


  • industrial processes like forming and annealing;
  • microstructure of alloys;
  • physical explanation of the evolution of the microstructure after/during cold/hot deformation;
  • influence of temperature, time and deformation grade in the flow behaviour and microstructure of alloys;
  • mechanical testing methods for sheet metals (e.g., tensile test, Nakajima test, Marciniak test, forming limit diagram);
  • statistical analysis of results and preparation of mathematical material models used in calculations and numerical simulations;
  • theoretical ground concepts of sheet bending (peculiarities of the bending process, characterization of the deformation in the bended sheet section, the variation of the bending stresses);
  • theoretical and practical design and analysis of sheet metal forming tools and processes, using CAD modeling and finite element simulations (fundamentals of process planning, practice of computer aided die design: modeling of sheet metal parts, getting acquainted with standard die sets, plates, guiding units, springs, additional elements (e.g., ejectors, sensors) and active elements, computer aided assembly modeling, material selection for the tool elements, finite element modeling of feasibility (formability) analysis).


In case of any questions, feel free to contact us.


Graz University of Technology:


Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania:


University of Slavonski Brod:


John von Neumann University: