For 40 years, the DITF have been developing textiles and textile-based products for medical technology. Research starts with the raw material and accompanies all innovation steps up to the finished product. Whether intermediate products, prototypes or series products - the entire research and development in the field of medical technology is certified according to ISO 13485.


One focus is the development of novel biomaterials based on polymers, which are also combined with ceramic materials depending on requirements. The starting materials are processed into resorbable or biostable implants and into carrier materials for cell colonization in regenerative medicine. DITF developments in these areas support the paradigm shift towards personalized medicine: Therapeutic products and procedures are designed in such a way that they can be tailored to the very individual needs of patients. In addition to textile technologies and thermoplastic processing through injection molding and extrusion, the focus is also on additive manufacturing processes.

Sensory and actuator medical products and drug delivery systems are just as much a part of the development portfolio as the entire range of classic medical textiles, from wound dressings and hospital textiles to compression textiles. Therapy support systems are also being made more flexible so that they can be adapted to individual patients or patient groups in line with the trend towards personalized medicine.

The DITF maintain research and development partnerships with medical technology companies, university hospitals and research institutes worldwide. The in-house interdisciplinary team includes scientists from medical, process and textile engineering, biology and chemistry.


  • Medical fibers and nonwovens
  • Antibacterial and antiviral finishes
  • Therapeutic textile products
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Theranostic systems
  • Additive processes for individualized medicine
  • Textile-based sensors and actuators, coupled with artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Clinical and ambulatory health monitoring
  • Personal protective equipment

Infos und Downdloads

    Triggered drug release

    Triggered drug release: DITF are researching the optimal release of drugs with drug delivery systems (DDS).

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    • 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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    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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    Health and Care with E-Textiles

    Whether used by elderly people or fire fighters: textiles with sensors monitor vital parameters and call for help in an emergency.  

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