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13th May 2019, Aachen

ITA demonstrates efficient production of 3D knits

New sports bra. © ITA

New sports bra. © ITA

The Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA), will present its expertise at the Techtextil 2019 trade show for technical textiles on the Elmatex stand this week.

At the Frankfurt show, the Institute will demonstrate a concept for efficient textile production, featuring a sports bra, as well as a Demonstrator Light Textiles that shows a new type of energy storage system for furniture applications, and new materials for aerospace applications.

With its new sports bra, ITA shows a newly developed innovative process for the highly productive manufacturing of 3D knitted fabrics on large circular knitting machines without additional separating and joining steps. “Large circular knitting is significantly faster and more efficient than flat knitting which was previously used,” the Institute reports.

The garments can be tailored seamlessly and individually to size in a single step and are thus an example of a store-factory approach, i.e. customer-specific just-in-time production in a specialist shop on site. “This new process is patented and forms the basis for licensing this technology to new business fields and other industries,” the Institute adds.

The ITA Group is an international research and training service provider for fibre-based high-performance materials, textile semi-finished products and their manufacturing processes with 350 employees.

www.ita.rwth-aachen.de

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