Chemnitz University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Germany

The functionalization of hybrid structures in lightweight construction applications not only makes it possible to reduce mass even further, but also to break new ground in the design and technological implementation of intelligent lightweight structures. By integrating sensors, actuators and microelectronics, the functional density of hybrid lightweight structures can be significantly increased, which also results in a substantial increase in performance. This functional diversity requires the development of robust processes for textile and plastic embedding of active and passive electronic components. The aim is to realize the essential actuator and sensor effects during component production and at the same time to present them in a process suitable for mass production. A combination of in-situ and in-line processes is used for this purpose, which combines, for example, the injection moulding process with functionalised plastic layers for electrical contacting and the mass printing process.

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