3D Light Trans
Our missionThe 3D-LightTrans low-cost manufacturing chain will make textile reinforced composites affordable for mass production of components, fulfilling increasing requirements on performance, light weight and added value of the final product in all market sectors.

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JEC Innovation Award for the 3D-LightTrans project


The project 3D-LightTrans has been awarded the JEC Innovation Award 2015 in the Reinforcements category. The Innovation Awards Programme of the JEC was created in 1998 to reward outstanding companies and their cooperation partners for the excellence of their composite innovations. This top level innovation programme plays a key role in identifying, promoting and rewarding the most innovative composite solutions worldwide, encouraging companies and their partners and enhancing their public exposure, and contributing to the advance of the composite industry.   Based upon the criteria … >>

3D-Light Trans progress (Summer 2014)


The project 3D-LightTrans is approaching the finish line. Most of the components and technologies required for the 3D-LightTrans manufacturing chain have been delivered and successfully tested. The modified equipment for industrial manufacturing of hybrid yarn is already available, as well as the machines for two alternative 3D weaving technologies. Special tools and processes have been developed to pre-fixate, drape and fixate the fabrics, and the adaption of the thermoforming process is well on track.   For the manufacturing of hybrid yarn, the air mingling technique was selected … >>

3D-LightTrans News - Spring 2013


The project 3D-LightTrans is on track for successful completion of its work plan, as demonstrated by the key results achieved so far. From the yarn production through the weaving to the fixation and thermo-pressing, substantial progress can be seen at each of the manufacturing steps. The development of the air mingling machine for hybrid yarn production has been successfully finalized. Hybrid air mingled yarns with different glass rovings and PP, PA, PET/PES as matrix material have been produced, and different strategies are being explored to increase the yarn’s abrasion resistance during… >>

First year results


Within the first year of the project, hybrid air mingled yarns with different glass rovings and PP, PA, PET/PES as matrix material (tensile modulus of 30 to 36 GPA for a mixture ratio of 70:30 with E-Glass) have been produced. The properties and behaviour of glass-PP fibre have been modelled, simulated and tested. Different solutions are currently being considered in order to decrease abrasion and ageing and to improve adhesion. On the other hand, several multilayered and 3D-shaped fabrics have been realised with different weave architecture. Modified machines are now available in TU-Dresden (… >>

3D-LightTrans at ITMA'11


The International Exhibition of Textile Machinery (ITMA) has been held this year in Barcelona (September 22-29). 3D-LightTrans was presented with a poster at the booths of the project partners Technische Universität Dresden and the University of Gent. ITMA, the world's largest international textile and garment machinery exhibition, an event held every four years since 1951 and owned by CEMATEX, is recognized as the Olympics of the textile and garment machinery industry.

Project website on-line


The official website www.3D-LightTrans.com, launched in September 2011, offers an insight of the project itself and of the consortium partners. This webpage will be regularly updated to include the latest news and project results, as well as useful information on relevant upcoming events. The first project related dissemination and marketing material (project brochure and poster) are now also made available (for more information, please contact aam@xedera.eu)

3D-LightTrans kick-off


The European 3D-LightTrans (Large scale manufacturing technology for high-performance lightweight 3D multifunctional composites) is launched under the NMP Programm within the 7th Framework Programm. Eighteen participants from eight different European countries join efforts in this project with four years duration, aiming to develop novel promising research level approaches to a stage of industrial maturity within an integrated low-cost mass manufacturing chain for textile reinforced composite products. More than 30 participants attended the kick-off meeting in Vienna on 7-8 April, wher… >>

Project Coordinator

Dr. Marianne Hoerlesberger, AIT

Exploitation & Dissemination Manager

Dr. Ana Almansa Martin, Xedera

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