Fraunhofer Plastics Technology Center Oberlausitz (FKO) has been working as a project group of Fraunhofer IWU in Zittau since 2011, conducting research and development of competitive lightweight structures and efficient plastic technologies. The focus lies on the transfer of know-how into the region and on the development of innovative technologies and products mainly for the plastics processing industry.
The research focuses on additive manufacturing of plastic components, the development of semi-finished products of fiber-reinforced thermoplasts, on the development of functionally integrated plastic components and on elastomer processing. Two rapid prototyping machines are available as the latest technology of additive manufacturing for manufacturing complex plastic models, tools and functional prototypes. In addition to research and development activities, these two plants are also specifically used for education and training of skilled personnel. The technical center, which was inaugurated in November 2016, equips the project group with modern machinery with extensive system technology and analytical technology for representing continuous process chains. At this technical center a successful collaboration exists between Fraunhofer IWU, the University of Applied Sciences Zittau / Görlitz and Chemnitz University of Technology in order to provide transfer of knowledge and technology into the local plastics industry.