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ITA won first prize at RWTH Innovation Award, Aachen, Germany 

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.
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