The Fraunhofer Plastics Technology Center Oberlausitz in Zittau has been working in the research and development of lightweight technologies. The focus lies on the transfer of Fraunhofer IWU expertise into the region and on the development of innovative technologies and products mainly for the plastics processing industry.
The Fraunhofer Plastics Technology Center Oberlausitz conducts research in the areas of processing, modification and application of plastics and fiber-reinforced plastics. The research focuses on additive manufacturing of plastic components, the development of semi-finished products using fiber-reinforced thermoplasts, on the development of functionally integrated plastic components and on elastomer processing.
In the field of additive manufacturing, two rapid prototyping machines are available as the latest technology for manufacturing complex models, tools and functional prototypes using plastics. In addition to research and development activities, these two plants are also specifically used for education and training of skilled personnel.
In October 2016 the new technical center of the Plastics Technology Center was inaugurated in direct vicinity to the University of Applied Sciences Zittau / Görlitz. At this technical center, a successful collaboration exists between Fraunhofer IWU, the University of Applied Sciences Zittau / Görlitz and Chemnitz University of Technology for providing transfer of knowledge and technology into the local plastics industry.