At the world’s leading textile and garment technology exhibition ITMA , which will be held in Barcelona/Spain from June 20-26, 2019, the Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA), Aachen/Germany, will demonstrate the digital retrofitting of a 3D braiding machine for the production of 3D reinforced ceramic turbine components and a mixed reality learning environment for a weaving process to qualify new and also experienced employees.
Developed from an existing conventional mechanics, a 3D braiding machine was digitized and rebuilt according to industry 4.0 standard. This enables, for example, the prototyping and production of 3D reinforced ceramic components. As a virtual micro factory, the processing of very sensitive or brittle fiber materials can be simulated in an appropriate software environment. Subsequently, the process data is generated and the production is mapped in the real machine.
For the training and qualification of new and existing employees the ITA has developed a learning environment based on a 3D model of a tape loom using mixed-reality technology. Mixed reality is the combination of data from reality with artificial 2D or 3D objects (virtual reality). The target groups for this learning environment are in particular textile and machine manufacturers as well as textile training institutions.