4D textiles for biohybrid implants – Presented by Valentine Gesche, RWTH Aachen University

4D textiles for biohybrid implants – Presented by Valentine Gesché, Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University at the 2nd edition 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference, which takes place on 1 February 2017 at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands.

This talk will focus on 4D Textiles. By combining textiles with an isotropic non-textile 3D printed material, it will be possible to design structures with a time-dependent shape-change and thus open totally new opportunities for the design of biohybrid implants containing both a cellular and a technical component – the 4D textile). These so called 4D textiles will enable us to provide a fully system-integrated multimaterial-composite. The talk will give a fundamental overview on this topic and show some application examples.

About Valentine Gesché
Miss Valentine Gesché studied mechanical engineering at the Technische Universität München. She specialized on polymers and medical technology. She did her PhD at the Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University. She has been working on patient individualized textile implants for cardiovascular applications throughout the last 6 years. She is now heading the division of Biohybrid & Medical Textiles at ITA and responsible for the research carried out in the field of Medical Textiles at the institute.

About Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University
The Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) is one of the TOP5-institutes at the RWTH Aachen University which was awarded by the German Federal Excellence-Initiative. Connected to the Institute is the Chair in Textile Engineering within the faculty of mechanical engineering. The Institute is headed by Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Thomas Gries. Prof. Dr. med. Stefan Jockenhövel is heading the integrated transfaculty professorship „Biohybrid & Medical Textiles“ focusing on biohybrid implants.

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