After studying physics in RWTH Aachen University, finishing with diploma and PhD, I’ve been working in the Textile and Clothing Faculty of Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences for 10 years. Now I am full professor for physics, measurement technology and textile technology in Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. One of the main topics of my working group is the area of Smart Textiles.
3D printing belongs to the novel technologies which can be combined with textile technologies to add new designs and functionalities to garments and technical textiles. One of the most challenging topics in these multi-material systems is the adhesion between textile and 3D printed polymer. In my talk I will give an overview of different material and printing parameters influencing the adhesion between both materials. Additionally, I will show examples from our lab in which ways 3D printing can give new impulses for the design of Smart Textiles, with the focus on 3D printing as a new technology to electrically and mechanically contact SMD elements, such as small LEDs, with conductive yarns or braids integrated in woven or knitted fabrics.