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Increased Knowledge for Free textil trainer

Online platform my.textil-trainer.de from the Chair of Textile Technologies at Chemnitz University of Technology and chemmedia AG benefits from the know-how of the student initiative Fortis Saxonia e. V. regarding the use of composites

With the free and digital german learning platform textil trainer, on which basic textile knowledge is presented in a clear and understandable way, the Professorship of Textile Technologies (Head: Prof. Dr. Holger Cebulla) at Chemnitz University of Technology and chemmedia AG are taking action against the shortage of skilled workers in Saxony. In this joint project, they support the Saxon textile industry in the education and training of future employees and also secure knowledge for the future.

Practical educational content is now also being developed by the student initiative Fortis Saxonia e. V. This team has been developing energy-saving vehicles at Chemnitz University of Technology since 2006 and thus has a 15-year wealth of experience. "Our chassis consists entirely of carbon fiber-reinforced plastics, i.e. material with a proportion of plastic and a proportion of carbon fiber. This is what is colloquially known as carbon," explains Nico Bohn of Fortis Saxonia. "These so-called composites enable us to develop particularly lightweight and thus energy-efficient vehicles. This overlaps with the research area of the Textile Technologies Professorship, so the cooperation came about some time ago," Marc Fleischmann describes further. He used to be a member of the team himself and is now a research assistant at the Chair of Textile Technologies.

As a result of the cooperation, the new course "Composites - fiber-reinforced plastics" is now available on the portal my.textil-trainer.de. The course describes how a car door can be built from composites. This is explained using the example of the UrbanSax vehicle, which was developed by Fortis Saxonia in 2019. "We design our courses to be practical, preferring to use examples from the region to show their potential. The cooperation with Fortis Saxonia shows that good things are often so close at hand. We can use their example to explain to our learners how a fabric becomes a car door", says Anna Lanfermann, research associate in the Sustainable Textiles and Digital Education research area at the Textile Technologies Chair and textil trainer project manager.

"The textil trainer is also helpful for our team", explains Bohn. "At Fortis Saxonia, students from different disciplines come together. This is exactly where the textil trainer comes in. Through the comprehensibly prepared courses, this interdisciplinary team also gets access to the subject to those who do not receive it through their studies. This is particularly helpful for our members who are studying a subject outside mechanical engineering, for example in the fields of public relations and electrical engineering", Bohn continues.

The my.textil-trainer.de knowledge platform, which has been available online free of charge since the end of 2020, is enjoying growing popularity. Currently, more than 900 people are registered. "Almost every day, new people register in the platform and post positive feedback", says Lanfermann.

Project homepage: https://textil-trainer.de

Contact: Patrick Winzer, Chair of Textile Technologies, E-mail: textil-trainer@mb.tu-chemnitz.de

(Author: Mario Steinebach / Translation: Chelsea Burris)

Matthias Fejes

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