Technology showcase in citizen service presents tomorrow's innovations for the first time with 4D-Textil

Technology showcase Copyright: David Rüben

The participants in front of the technology showcase: Bettina Kuca (Head of the Citizens' Office), David Schmelzeisen (Institute for Textile Technology), Peter Gronostaj (Head of the Science Office) and Dieter Begaß (Head of Economics, Science and Europe, City of Aachen), source: David Rüben


Which innovations and technologies are from Aachen? Where and for what will or should they be used? What benefits do they bring?

These questions will be answered by a new technology showcase of the Science Office of the City of Aachen. In the future, the latest developments from science and industry will be presented to Aacheners on three floors in the Citizen Service at the Katschhof. "Understanding innovation, marvelling at technology and feeling science" is the motto. Peter Gronostaj, head of the Municipal Science Office, says: "The technologies and innovations developed here often have a direct or indirect effect on our urban society. With the technology showcase and the events connected to it, we want to bring the citizens of Aachen in closer contact with the latest developments in science and business and to talk to them".

The Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University, short ITA, is proud to be the first to present the topic of 4D textiles in the technology showcase. These are materials with intelligent properties. "They change their shape independently or through external influences. This not only makes it possible to produce new types of clothing, but also makes new products possible in an industrial environment," explains David Schmelzeisen from the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University. ITA Director Professor Dr Thomas Gries and his team had already invented and successfully patented the new hybrid material 4D-Textil in 2016.

  Technology showcase Copyright: David Rüben Technology showcase
  • The technology showcase illustrates the manufacturing process of 4D textiles in the form of a video on the level "Understanding Innovation".
  • On the "marvel at technology" level, the finished product is presented.
  • The lowest level, "Feeling science", is aimed at children. There, an object is hidden that is related to textiles and has to be felt. The solution is entered via postcard and as a reward, there is a surprise at the info counter of the citizen service.

Bettina Kuca from the Citizens' Office adds: "The Citizens' Service is a contact point for all people in our city and therefore an excellent place to present interesting and relevant innovations and technologies for the city society.

The topics and contents of the technology showcase change quarterly and are concluded with an information event.

Dr Volker Lutz from the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University will give a lecture on "4D textiles - the intelligent fabric of the future" on 26th September, 2019 at 6.30 p.m., to which the Science Office cordially invites you. Join us, ask questions and discuss with us. Further information can be found here.



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