ITA at Techtextil 2019
The Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University, short ITA, presented its expertise in the field of ambient lighting at Techtextil 2019 on the Elmatex stand in Hall 3.0, Stand D05, with the demonstrator light textiles that shows a new type of energy storage system for mobility applications (model vehicle for fuel cell drive), with efficient textile products (e.g. sports bra) and with new materials for aerospace applications (MoonFibre):Copyright: ITA
With the Demonstrator Light Textiles, ITA showed an illuminated textile by using light-guiding fibres and polymer optical fibres (POF). In this case the light source is separated from the illuminated surface. This is ideally suited to design illuminated surfaces in the interior, e.g. in the automotive or home sector. This textile solution offers a flexible, drapable surface with a soft, pleasant feel in a limited space. ITA provides the fibre and process development. The key partner is Mentor GmbH & Co. Präzisions-Bauteile KG in Erkrath, Germany.
The polymer optical fibre (POF) demonstrator was developed as part of an ongoing cooperation, within a doctorate framework, between Mentor and ITA. This is a research & development model which is linked to a doctorate at ITA or at the cooperation partner. This model offers ITA's industrial partners the opportunity to conduct targeted research in a specific field and to train qualified employees. Further information is available from firstname.lastname@example.org.Copyright: ITA Copyright: ITA
Efficient Textile Production - Sports Bra
With its new sports bra, ITA showed a newly developed innovative process for the highly productive manufacturing of three-dimensional knitted fabrics on large circular knitting machines without additional separating and joining steps. Large circular knitting is significantly faster and more efficient than flat knitting which was previously used. This procedure is therefore an example of a new production process' application.
The garments (here a sports bra) can be tailored seamlessly and individually to size in a single step and are thus an example of a store-factory approach, i.e. customer-specific just-in-time production in a specialist shop on site. This new process is patented and forms the basis for licensing this technology to new business fields and other industries. So far this application is used in the automotive industry. Further information is available from email@example.com.Copyright: ITA
Many nations are toying with the idea of setting up a lunar station and to use the moon as a source of raw materials, a research site, a stepping stone into the solar system and a tourist destination. But the transport of the material for a lunar station is very costly: to bring material from the earth to the moon costs up to 1 million € per kilogram. For a lunar station, at least 450 tons are needed.
ITA's solution: produce directly on the moon! A lot of moon rock is very similar to basalt. ITA has already developed a production process to spin mineral fibres based on lunar rock. Within MoonFibre, ITA uses this experience for the production of fibres for the reinforcement of three-dimensional structures on the basis of moon rock and produces the fibres for the construction of the moon station directly on site. ITA's approach is supported by the German Aerospace Center (DLR). In addition, the project is funded by Crowd-Funding. Further information is available from firstname.lastname@example.org.