In the German-Czech Performance Center for Transdisciplinary Systems Research and Transfer (TransTech), the Fraunhofer IMWS has been working together with the TU Liberec and the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU since March 2021 on new solutions for competitive manufacturing with sustainable materials and production technologies including efficient energy use and storage for varying series sizes. The main content areas include the development of highly flexible, smart and integrated process chains, in particular through combined additive processes and for sustainable plastics and lightweight construction technologies. Through cross-border cooperation and the collaboration of various disciplines, innovative approaches are to be rapidly transferred to commercial applications and hard-to-reach market potentials in Germany and the Czech Republic are to be tapped.
The main concerns of the German-Czech performance center "TransTech" are the promotion of transdisciplinary systems research and cross-border technology transfer in both directions of the border. The international cooperation focuses on research and development in the areas of "Transdisciplinary Industry 4.0 Technologies for Resilient and Sustainable Value Chains" and "Function-Integrating 3D Printing and Lightweight Construction Technologies". This addresses important future topics that focus both on competitive manufacturing for varying series sizes (quantity 1 - ∞) in high-wage countries and on sustainable materials and production technologies. Research approaches here lie in highly flexible and smart automation, for example by means of self-learning, collaborating industrial robots, the tool-free production of individual lightweight components in - fully recyclable - fiber composite construction, and the rapid and sustainable production of tool and mold parts by means of highly efficient 3D printing processes and bio-based plastics.