In civil engineering, synthetic textiles can be replaced by environmentally friendly biodegradable natural fibers. To prevent these from rotting too quickly, the DITF are researching an equally environmentally friendly coating made of lignin. A material that is produced as a waste product in paper manufacturing.
Current Topics and Projects
Current challenges demand changes and innovations from the German and European textile industry. In their study, Gherzi Germany provide concrete recommendations for action to transform the industry. The study was funded by the Pielenz Foundation and coordinated by DITF.
Flexible and sustainable production processes of a textile factory of the future: In the digital multifunctional lab, research is conducted on sustainability, digitalization and individualization of customer solutions on 160m².
The development of new tufting products is associated with high material, time and personnel costs. The DITF are developing resource-efficient solutions with the help of Experimental Digital Twins.
Project AddKnit explores 3D flat knitting as a resource-saving technology. The entire production chain is being considered.
through cold-curing high-performance ceramic composites for the construction industry.
More information about the AIF-project NiBreMa
Seeds can be "packaged" in advance to ensure optimal emergence. Together with ESKUSA GmbH, the DITF have developed a sowing line that packs seeds of one or more plant species into small spheres in precisely metered quantities.
The Denkendorf research team receives the award for the development of 'PureCell', a single-grade fiber composite made of cellulose.
In 2021, the DITF celebrated their 100th anniversary.
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The Arburg freeformer 300-3x supports research work at the DITF. The 3D printer is being used to investigate additive manufacturing with or on textiles. The investment was funded by EFRE and the state of Baden-Württemberg.
The DITF white paper highlights the possible effects of a transformation process from centralized mass production for textiles and clothing to a microfactory model for the textile chain that can be implemented in Europe.
100 years of DITF: At this year's general meeting of the Südwesttextil e.V. association, president Bodo Th. Bölzle (right) presented the certificate to DITF board member Peter Steiger (left). Photo: Südwesttextil.
Christoph Nold, Chief Executive Officer of the Esslingen-Nürtingen District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, presents DITF Executive Board member Peter Steiger with the honorary certificate for the 100th anniversary.
There will continue to be unavoidable CO2 emissions that have to be compensated. The DITF are developing textile materials for active CO2 capture from the air as part of a research project.
In the research project "Textile-based drug delivery systems", drug delivery fibers were developed at the DITF for application in regenerative medicine. This could support the therapy of chronic wounds in the future.
Chitin makes insect wings flexible. This polysaccharide could soon be used in dressing materials in medicine.