Polymer assembly and structuring technologies for optical and fluidic applications

In its work on polymer-based optical packaging and interconnection technologies, Fraunhofer IZM investigates technologies and processes for constructing photonic assemblies by gluing and polymer fiber bonding and the structuring of polymers by hot stamping.


Measuring adhesive shrinkage

Characterization of adhesives and adhesive systems for photonic assembly and interconnection technology



POF bonding employs the eponymous polymer optical fibre (or POF) to establish optical connections between different photonic components like VCSEL or photodiodes in a process not unlike the wirebonding technology common in electronics.


Design and manufacturing of planar polymer optical waveguides

Polymeric materials are essential components of modern and cost-effective microoptic and opto-electronic systems. Their spectral transparency and reliability are optimal for certain applications.


Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)

Stereolithography or SLA is a 3D-printing technology used to turn polymer-based functional materials into precisely engineered parts or tools.