The scientific employees Dr. Valentine Gesché, David Schmelzeisen and Kristina Simonis of ITA under the leadership of Prof. Thomas Gries won RWTH Innovation Award for their project „4D textile – additive manufacturing of hybrid materials for temporarily shape shifting applications” on 8 February 2017 in Aachen, Germany.
In this project, microstructures were printed in textiles using a 3D printer. The composite system reacts to external influences with deformation. Thus, a deformation is created without external energy input, because the required power will be saved through preloading in the textile itself. A change of environment leads to a change of shape of the printed microstructure and to a movement of the hybrid material 4D textile. More information here.