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    Aspiring to the future - DITF coordinate "MOON" study

    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.

    More info on the MOON project (German)

    • MF lab with VR hardware and meeting area
    Microfactory Lab at the 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.
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    Data-supported efficiency increase in the development of textile products using the example of tufting

    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.

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    • 3D model visualized in the Addknit software
    3D knitting as an additive manufacturing process for the textile industry

    Project AddKnit explored 3D flat knitting as a resource-saving technology. The entire production chain has been considered.

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    • Basal roving, CBPC matrix, pultruded profiles and wound sheet. Photo: DITF
    Less greenhouse gas emissions

    through cold-curing high-performance ceramic composites for the construction industry.

    More information about the AIF-project NiBreMa

    Seeds in textile packaging

    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.

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    DITF honored with 'DNFI Innovation of Natural Fibres Award

    The Denkendorf research team receives the award for the development of 'PureCell', a single-grade fiber composite made of cellulose.

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    More than 100 years of textile research

    In 2021, the DITF celebrated their 100th anniversary.

    Click here for our anniversary film: Link

    • TPU structures on textiles. Photo: DITF
    New 3D printer at the DITF

    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.

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    Interactive White Paper on Textile Microfactory und Distributed Production

    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.

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    DITF honored by Südwesttextil for 100 years of research work

    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.

    Congratulations on 100 years of DITF

    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.

    Cellulose fibers against climate change

    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.

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    Active ingredient depots in porous fibers

    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.

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    Cellulose chitin fibers - new materials for medical technology

    Chitin makes insect wings flexible. This polysaccharide could soon be used in dressing materials in medicine.

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    MICROFACTORY 4 Fashion

    On the way to Industry 4.0: DITF coordinate the MICROFACTORY, a fully networked, integrated production chain from design to the finished product.


    Retail 4.0

    In August 2017, the research project Retail 4.0 was launched at the DITF.The aim of the project is to link both digitization and customer integration within the sales process, interactively and across all departments.

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