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technology campus hutthurm (kunststoffcampus bayern)

simulation & testing


More robust, more efficient and more sustainable - that is our mission with the development, production and application of components in plastic and fibre composite technology. How can we support you on the way to innovative products?

about the tc hutthurm

We offer customised development solutions in four interdisciplinary fields of research.

Lightweight construction, materials research, process development and resource efficiency. We emphasise the importance of realising sustainability not through restrictions, but through innovative engineering concepts.

Our aim is to conserve resources by developing advanced technologies and utilising processes effectively. Together with the Plastics Campus Weißenburg, we form the Plastics Campus Bavaria.

Fields of Activity






We optimise components and enable the manufacture of lighter and stronger products with a longer service life.

  • Structure Simulation
  • Topology optimisation
  • Composite manufacturing



We process plastic waste more efficiently and recycle it into high-quality, technologically sophisticated products.

  • Recycling technology
  • Biopolymer
  • Life Cycle Assessment



We further develop industrial manufacturing processes in order to produce high-quality and more economical goods.

  • Process-Simulation
  • Material flow-Simulation
  • Process-Monitoring (KI)



We analyse the material behaviour under various conditions and help to identify and use the perfect material.

  • Material characterisation
  • Material modelling
  • Data acquisition and Data analysis

M.Sc. Eva-Maria Menges


M.Eng. Stefanie Windpassinger

3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing


Discover our wide range of solutions for quality assurance and process improvement:

  • We optimise materials for prototypes and series production or look for suitable alternatives.
  • We qualify a wide range of materials through strength analyses and verify service life and ageing resistance.
  • Resilient and efficient components through structural and topology optimisation. Customised solutions for complex simulations using various software products.   
  • We support the implementation of recyclate utilisation quotas and evaluate the quality and material compositions for series production
  • We help with the avoidance of n.i.O. -components through process analyses and calculate the necessary strengths.
  • Our comprehensive thermal and mechanical material tests cover a wide range of materials. These include plastics, metals, adhesive bonds and wood.



3D coordinate measuring machine (3d scanner)


The optical 3D coordinate measuring machine of the VL series captures complex shapes and geometries of any measured object with the help of fringe projection images. 16 million measuring points enable the determination of form and position tolerances as well as plane, profile, profile comparison and 3D comparison measurements. In addition, the highly accurate acquisition of measured objects in conjunction with the latest software enables CAD data feedback to be performed in order to generate and edit virtual 3D models.




horizontal single-sample dilatometer dil 801

With our fully automatic and highly precise horizontal single-sample dilatometer, a sample can be measured over a temperature range from -90°C to 450°C in a defined atmosphere. The results from the temperature-dependent dimensional changes can be used for quality assurance and basic research for process simulation.




discovery dma 850

Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) can be used to assess the mechanical properties of materials as a function of temperature, time or humidity. By measuring the elastic and viscous properties, complex materials such as polymers and composites can be described for process simulation and, for example, the glass transition temperature of polymers can be determined.






discovery dsc 250

DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimetry) is used to determine the amount of heat generated or released by a sample during heating or cooling. This enables the determination of characteristic material values (e.g. phase transitions, specific hear capacity), especially for filled and unfilled polymers, technical high-performance polymers and fibre-reinforced plastics according to DIN EN ISO 11357-1 to -7. These determined results form the basis for process simulations.



hr-20 discovery hybrid rheometer

The rheometer is used to investigate material-specific deformation and flow behaviour and serves as a basis for process simulation. Flow tests, time-dependent measurements to determine creep behaviour and stress relaxation, but also vibration tests can be carried out. The viscosity and yield point are determined in order to gain a better understanding of the processability of plastics.





dynamic materials testing machine hc 100 kn

The Dynamic Materials Testing Machine is used to determine characteristic material values, in particular of filled and unfilled polymers and technical high-performance polymers as well as fibre composite plastics. These obtained values are required both as a basis for construction and design tasks (e.g. of lightweight structures and generally as input for simulations) and for the relative evaluation of different materials in the context of material selection.






Determination of the water vapour transmission rate of films and foils for samples with a thickness up to 25mm.









Bulk density measurement

Determination of the apparent density of moulding compounds according to DIN EN ISO60









grinding and polishing machine

Mechanical processing, from cutting larger components to grinding and polishing samples. grinding and polishing of ground samples.








Imaging for fracture analyses, texture analyses and morphology with large-area scans
and extensive evaluation options (e.g. fibre volume content). Combined with
dark field, polariser and comprehensive software, the microscope offers a range of analytical
optical examination, the microscope also offers a range of analysis and evaluation functions.
In addition, the heating/cooling table can be used to investigate the material behaviour during temperature changes (e.g. melting).
(e.g. melting, crystallisation, dissolution and precipitation processes, formation of spherulites)
at cryogenic temperatures up to 600°C can be examined.





3d printer raise3d pro2


Our 3D printer uses the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) process. Through integration of sensor technology during the printing process, the functionalisation of 3D printed components can be advanced. Thus, it is possible to derive material-process-property relationships in order to increase the overall performance of additively manufactured components.



mini extruder with film blowing unit

Laboratory production trials for standard plastic pellets up to max. 300°C for strand extrusion and blown film production.





composite processing station with oven and resin/reaction
injection molding/ rim plant

Resin injection plant for the production of fiber composite and pure plastic specimens (shoulder,
short, long samples). Processing of low-pressure injectable resin systems in interaction
with fiber semi-finished products such as woven fabrics and scrims made from a wide variety of fiber materials.



Simulation is the tool of choice for designing tools for plastic injection moulding "first right", for example. Here, the mold filling with various materials and under variable process conditions can be evaluated in advance in order to robustly and economically realize the desired product. This saves expensive trials and the production of prototype tools. It also supports the search for innovative solutions for tool design and process control.


Wherever masses have to be moved, energy is consumed - this is where the lightweight construction aspect comes into play. Weight reduction can be achieved through alternative construction methods such as sandwich, ribs or bionic structures as well as the use of high-performance materials such as carbon fiber composites or a combination of these. In addition, completely new fields of application are possible, for example in the combination of fibre composites with metals.



In order to make manufacturing processes more transparent and robust, data acquisition systems and automated evaluation methods are increasingly being used. The latter require large amounts of data in order to "get to know" the process status and draw conclusions. Our goal is to use simulation to make manufacturing processes more robust and achieve zero rejects. To this end, data from virtual processing, for example, can be used as a basis for data analysis even before the first real component has been manufactured.


Equally great challenge and responsibility is the further use and reuse of plastic products at the end of their life cycle: recycling. We participate in the initiation of joint projects to make the processing of plastic waste more efficient and return it to valuable, technically sophisticated products.

M.Sc. Eva-Maria Menges


M.Eng. Stefanie Windpassinger

3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing


We bring applied research to companies. From the idea to industrial application.

Would you like to work with us on a publicly funded project to put your ideas into practice? Then we look forward to receiving your enquiry.

Your benefits:

  • Secure funding for research projects (SMEs up to 80 %)
  • Low administrative requirements from your side. We take over the process of coordinating application activities and organising ongoing projects
  • Maximising economic efficiency - optimised manufacturing processes, improved material selection
  • Carry out joint research work in a practical and scientifically based manner
  • Open-topic research in the field of materials science and process analysis
  • Prototypes are developed to market maturity in joint projects and the potential for business start-ups is explored. 

We offer a wide range of services for solving material science problems.

We take individual requirements into account and rely on customised approaches that are supported by state-of-the-art testing technologies, simulations and AI.


  • Smart3D - Smart 3D printing of high-performance polymer systems
          Partners: TC Grafenau, Ingenieurbüro Muhr GmbH, Kumovis GmbH, nebumind GmbH
  • SensoTwin - Sensor-integrated digital twin for high-performance fibre composite applications
          Partners: TC Freyung, TUM, TÜV Süd Industries Service GmbH, Enercon, Fos4x, UL International GmbH
  • AutoClean - Development of an automated post-processing line with integrated AI-based quality control and sorting station
          and sorting station for components from powder bed-based 3D printing
          Partners: TC Cham, SHL Automatisierungstechnik AG, thinkTEC3D GmbH
  • Powercube - Deployables Cubed GmbH - This project is about the development of a mini-satellite, which should deliver a power of 100W until the end of the mission. Furthermore, the structure is to be designed in such a way that it can be stowed in the volume of a cube with an edge length of 10 cm, can be transported safely, unfolds easily at the mission target and does not weigh more than two kilograms. In order to comply with the specified boundary conditions, the implementation of an integral fibre-reinforced carrier structure with innovative joints is being investigated. Deployment simulations and tests are being carried out to validate the concepts.             
  • HiPower - Industrial research and construction of a prototype for a novel 100W high power solar panel subsystem for New Space NanoSats and SmallSats Partner: Deployables Cubed GmbH
  • EXRE - Applied exoskeleton research for use in rehabilitation. The project aims to improve synergies between the regions in applied research. An international, interdisciplinary research team is driving the development of an exoskeleton prototype for rehabilitation and prosthetic practice.    
    Joint innovations in the fields of design, construction technologies, 3D printing, mechatronics, applied cybernetics (brain-computer interface) and rehabilitation will be utilised. The participation of 5 associated partners from the field and the testing of the exoskeleton enable a transfer of expertise to SMEs in the fields of mechatronics, rehabilitation and prosthetics.    
    Partner: University of West Bohemia: ZČU in Pilsen




  • SurfMod3Dton - Functionalisation of 3D (FDM) components for detonation coating
    Partner: Reimann Industrietechnik GmbH                                                                          
  • Sumida Components & Modules GmbH - Effective chain analysis for injection moulded parts in high-performance electronic components In cooperation with Sumida, the Technology Campus Hutthurm is developing a simulation strategy to transfer the results from the injection moulding simulation to a structural simulation. The subsequent FE calculation is intended to optimise the load-bearing behaviour while simultaneously improving the component design.
  • ForCEs - Exoskeleton research cluster - cyber-physical systems for the working world of the future
    Partners: TC Freyung, TC Cham



  • E-modulus
  • (fatigue) strength
  • cyclic service life tests
  • damage and fracture behaviour.
  • Specific heat capacity
  • enthalpies and characteristic temperatures (glass transition, crystallisation, melt) and
  • reaction kinetics
  • Degree of hardening and crystallisation
  • thermal expansion
  • reaction shrinkage
  • viscosity, loss and storage modulus (loss factor)
  • relaxation and creep tests

Quality assurance analyses using light and scanning electron microscopy (incl. EDX), DSC, FT-IR and TGA


As one of the 14 research and technology DIT campuses, we offer a unique network of combined expertise in various disciplines.

Our highly qualified team works in close co-operation with partners from industry and education to master application-oriented challenges from industry.




Aptar Food + Beverage, Freyung
Food & Beverage
Kumovis GmbH, München
AZUR SPACE Solar Power GmbH, Heilbronn
Ingenieurbüro Muhr GmbH, Schorndorf
Engineering office
Karl Bachl GmbH & Co.KG, Röhrnbach
Bauindustrie und Kunststofftechnik
Reimann Industrietechnik GmbH, Hofkirchen-Garham
Deployables Cubed GmbH, Germering
Verteidigung & Raumfahrt
SUMIDA Components & Modules GmbH , Obernzell
Electronic elements
Edscha Holding GmbH, Remscheid
Technische Universität München, München

HEYCO-WERK SÜD, Heynen GmbH & Co. KG, Tittling



Product design and development

Knaus Tabbert AG, Jandelsbrunn
Hersteller von Wohnwagen und Reisemobilen


We are always looking for experts and ambitious young scientists with an academic background in the fields of plastics technology and simulation of fibre composites as well as in the areas of sustainability and life cycle analysis.

Speculative applications are welcome, especially in the area of process simulation.


currently we are looking for:

You can find current job applications on the University Portal

infos for students

Are you looking for a challenging and exciting job in a technically experienced research laboratory? Then we look forward to getting to know you.

Students from various disciplines can conduct interdisciplinary research and write their thesis at the Hutthurm Technology Campus. As part of the degree programme, we offer various projects and theses in the fields of simulation, sustainability and materials research. Regardless of the topic, our scientific staff will be happy to help you.

We offer students of the Deggendorf Institute of Technology to do research for their final thesis at the Technology Campus Hutthurm and to work on it within the scope of a project. In addition, advertised bachelor and master theses can also be carried out as internships.

You are also welcome to contact us if you are still looking for a company in the region for your industrial internship in the field of plastics technology.

No matter what topic you are interested in - scientific staff is at your disposal.


Current openings (in German):

Student research projects and theses:




Our project team members Dr. Valentin Dalbauer and Marc Luger spent two intensive and exciting days at the plenary meeting of Material Digital in Karlsruhe - a platform for digitizing a wide range of materials.

Among them was our ongoing project SensoTwin.

Special attention was paid to the exchange and interaction of all participants from industry and research, the projects funded within MaterialDigital.


The 10 students of the "Klima AG" of the Gymnasium Untergriesbach were able to immerse themselves in the world of research and development. The kids not only took a look behind the scenes, but were also able to experience for themselves how applied research is realized. 
"From old to new" - was the motto of the day!
The girls were able to experience all the steps of the process in the recyclable materials cycle for themselves. The packaging, yogurt pots and bottles brought from school were identified, separated, shredded and sorted. There were exciting things to discover in the laboratory rooms.
In addition to specially conducted experiments, the operation of the in-house extruder including film blowing system was explored.

The Hutthurm Technology Campus also experienced an unusual afternoon with the "Jugend forscht" group from the Staatliche Realschule Hauzenberg. 
The students produced their own glass-fiber reinforced plastic. The tensile strength of this material was tested on the tensile testing machine. 
The favorite topic of the young talents was clearly 3D printing.


Automated, universal, resource-saving: This is what the future of powder-based 3D printing should look like.
To make this happen, we are working together on the AutoClean project to develop an AI-based, fully automated
sorting and cleaning process for additively manufactured components as well as an integrated quality control system.

One advantage of the 3D printing process in the powder bed is that complex components of various sizes and geometries can be produced there in a single manufacturing process. However, until the finished component is produced, the adhering powder must be removed through various, predominantly manual post-processing steps.
The current process flow is very time-consuming and expensive. This is where the AutoClean project comes in:

- Automated processes instead of manual post-processing -.

At the Hutthurm Technology Campus, the post-processing line is first created and tested virtually to support the implementation of a real system.
The SHL company is developing an innovative gripping system that can safely handle components of any geometry and size. In order to be able to link individual stations and identify components, intelligent robotics applications are being programmed and tested at the Cham campus. For the individual cleaning of different components, a modular cleaning technology is to be developed in cooperation with thinkTec 3D. The implementation is supported at the Hutthurm Campus by a cleaning simulation, which virtually maps the process and can test different designs of the manufacturing parameters.

Tasks such as quality inspection and sorting are to be performed by an artificial intelligence in the future. To this end, a neural network is being trained at the Hutthurm campus so that it can recognize components and surface cleanliness as well as detect defects. The first prototype of the post-processing station is expected in early 2024.



As part of their company tours, around 20 members of Wirtschaftsjunioren Passau e.V. had the opportunity to take a closer look at the work done at our campus. The campus tour under the motto "More robust, more efficient and more sustainable" led through our testing and manufacturing laboratories, where the production of prototypes made of fiber composite materials could be viewed.

Insight into ongoing projects was provided by our scientific employee Sebastian Kölbl, among others. To illustrate recycling tests, he presented our laboratory blown film line to the visitors. Research is being conducted into the direct processing of mixed plastics from yellow bag waste, among other things, without special pre-treatment. We enjoyed exciting discussions at the end of the day together.


Technical support systems such as exoskeletons are developed with the aim of supporting people in the execution of movements and thereby reducing the loads acting on them and, for example, making everyday working life easier. In the past, it was mainly passive exoskeletons that achieved a breakthrough in practical application, while active systems still have a niche existence.

In the interdisciplinary research cluster "Active Exoskeletons", the three Technology Campuses Cham, Freyung and Hutthurm s are working together. A prototype of an active exoskeleton for the lower extremities is being developed.

The focus is on the design of a lightweight structure, the implementation of efficient drives and smart control with the aid of artificial intelligence.


At the career fair of the Wirtschaftsjunioren Passau "WJ4School" on October 21, 2022, we were able to present the exciting research work and the associated professions of our Technology Campus to many interested students. A perfect opportunity to bring our work closer to the future professionals and to get into conversation.
Our active exoskeleton from the "ForCEs" project offered exemplary visual material, but lightweight construction with "carbon" and sometimes surprising potentials of additive manufacturing were also gladly discussed. 
Exciting insights into the content of the study programs were provided by our colleagues from the study orientation.


On April 16, 2021 the kick-off meeting for the joint project "Functionalization 3D (FDM) components for detonation coating" - SurfMod3Dton - took place at the Technologie Campus Hutthurm. Already after the visit of the scientific director of the Technologie Campus Hutthurm Mr. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mathias Hartmann together with the scientific assistant Sebastian Kölbl in July 2020 the idea of a joint funding project was born.

The metal and coating company Reimann Industrietechnik GmbH in Hofkirchen-Garham, which is located in the immediate vicinity, attaches great importance to innovation and regionality with its approximately 26 employees. Together they visited the production of various metallic turned and milled parts, such as deflection rollers or contact tubes, as well as the area of surface treatment to increase the chemical, thermal and mechanical resistance of metal components. Then, in intensive discussions, the possibilities of coating by the special detonation process (see picture) for plastic and CFRP components were pushed. This resulted in numerous points of contact between the Reimann company and the Hutthurm Technology Campus, which is only about 30 minutes away. A nine-month project for the coating of additively manufactured components has now been successfully applied for and started on 01.04.2021. The sponsor of the small project is the Bavarian Research Foundation based in Munich.

Together with the Reimann company, TCH is in close consultation and regularly sounding out further joint applications. This involves, for example, the processing of thermoplastic molding compounds using the RIM process and subsequent enhancement of surface quality through coating. Future projects are to include the topics of recycling and sustainability as central building blocks. The Technologie Campus Hutthurm is looking forward to future cooperation with the company Reimann Industrietechnik GmbH as well as with other regional companies.


The service technicians and the employees of the Hutthurm Technology Campus devoted a whole week to the newly delivered tensile testing machine. Thanks to the energetic commitment of all those involved, the machine was duly handed over and put into operation on the last day of assembly. As a result, static and dynamic tests of filled and unfilled plastics as well as fiber-reinforced composites can now be carried out. This knowledge gained about the characteristic material values serves as a basis for the validation of the process and structure simulation.


At the kick off for the DIT internally funded project "ForCEs" for newly appointed professors (Prof. Hartmann - TC Hutthurm and Prof. Aumer - TC Cham) the topics around lightweight construction, simulation, sensor and actuator technology as well as connection SmartDevices and virtual reality in connection with the construction of an exoskeleton were discussed. In the first step, the already collected state of the art and science was compiled and subsequently the fields of application such as medicine / rehabilitation, industry and military were discussed. Finally, the further fields of action were discussed and categorized. The aim of the project is to bring together all relevant research areas of the THD in order to be able to offer industry innovative, tailored solutions for new applications of active exoskeletons.

In picture from left: Maja Köckeis, M.Eng. (TC Cham), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mathias Hartmann (TC Hutthurm), Sabine Gröller (TC Freyung), Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Dorner, M.Sc. (TC Freyung), Sebastian Kölbl, Dipl.-Ing. (TC Hutthurm), Christina Sigl M.Sc. (TC Freyung), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Aumer (TC Cham).


For 15 weeks, 4 mechanical engineering and mechatronics students from the Deggendorf University of Applied Sciences were active in their project work organized at the Hutthurm Technology Campus (TCH). In an initial exploratory phase, an extensive market research was used to select a suitable FFF compact device from available 3D printers as the basis for the demonstration platform at TCH, which meets the requirements for future manufacturing tests on generic structures. The project included the development of solutions for the acquisition and evaluation of sensor data from temperature sensors, humidity sensors and a thermal camera for tracking and monitoring the printing process using proprietary software. These measured values were then graphically processed and analyzed. To determine the mechanical material properties "as printed", a total of 16 tensile specimens with 4 different deposition strategies were produced and destroyed by means of tensile tests in the test laboratory of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The discussion of the results also provided new insights into the process influences and, with the work in the laboratory, certainly provided a welcome change from the current predominantly online teaching.


With the "Raise3D Pro 2" and extensive measurement technology, the Technology Campus is now well equipped for future project work. The results and findings obtained here serve as the basis for a thesis already underway to further advance the topic of robust and targeted process control and monitoring in 3D printing.


With the still valid hygiene measures in place, but a lot of motivation, the first lecture at the Technology Campus in Hutthurm started on Monday, June 8, 2020.

As a university of applied sciences, DIT's research work is always rooted in real-life cases. Since 2009, DIT has successively established 11 Technology Campuses in the neighbouring districts around Deggendorf where staff and students develop innovative solutions or products. All projects have the financial backing of businesses who aim to immediately integrate research results into their company structures or production lines to improve their products or manufacturing efficiency.

Nine students from different universities were able to attend the lecture of the scientific campus director Prof. Dr. Mathias Hartmann. With sufficient safety distance and hygiene measures in place, nothing stood in the way of the long-awaited attendance event.

The Technology Campus (TC) Hutthurm focuses on innovative solutions in plastics technologies and establishes efficiency through process development, lightweight construction and materials research.

The whole team at the TC is happy that the event could take place despite the current situation.


We start with the extended team and are there for you with new clout in all questions around the topics simulation, lightweight construction and sustainability in plastics technology.


Technology Campus Plastics Hutthurm: Technology Transfer and Skilled Workers for the Passau Economic Region The scientific campus director Prof. Dr. Mathias Hartmann speaks of an efficient networking of the Technical University of Deggendorf and the local companies. The aim is to bring qualified specialists to the region and to accelerate technology transfer. The specialist technical focus on the development of lightweight structures, manufacturing process simulation and smart and digital production will strengthen the competitiveness and innovative strength of plastics processing companies. Image (Stephen Hahn, pa-ck-mas, Passau District Office): Sees the concept for success in the efficient networking between university and campus: Scientific Director Prof. Dr. Mathias Hartmann


In addition to District Administrator Franz Meyer, the Hutthurm Technology Campus also had the pleasure of welcoming, from left: Prof. Dr. Dmitry Rychkov, Operative Director Christian Schopf, Prof. Dr. Andreas Grzemba, Christine Wägemann, District Administrator Franz Meyer, Armin Diewald, District Administrator Gerhard Wägemann, Vice District Administrator Raimund Kneidinger, Prof. Dr. Mathias Hartmann, Mayor Hermann Baumann, Prof. Dr. Christian Wilisch and Heidi Taubeneder. In 2015, the first technology and study center of the "Kunststoffcampus Bayern" was already opened in Weißenburg. District Administrator Franz Meyer emphasized that the campus promotes networking and inter-communal cooperation, as plastics is the most important industrial sector and thus the starting point for the establishment of the campuses in Weißenburg and Hutthurm. Due to the transformation in the market town of Hutthurm, the new campus fits very well with the current spirit of optimism. The focus is on networking with industry and on developing the "Plastics Campus Bavaria" into an internationally recognized education and research center.


The eleventh branch of the Technical University of Deggendorf was opened in the building of the Sorcole company. The campus was created in partnership with the Technology Center in Weißenburg and is a cooperation across Bavaria under the sign of innovation and sustainability. After the proposal of Günter Brunner, managing director of the company Sorcole, to open a campus, many discussions were held and a total of 4 years passed until the opening. Prof. Dr. Mathias Hartmann is the scientific director. The simulation of manufacturing processes and the development of "intelligent manufacturing" will create future prospects for young skilled workers in the region.



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