Textiles made into three dimensions (3D Textiles) have been widely used in many fields because of the special characteristics they offer, where 3D structural integrity, manageable fibre orientation, and shape-ability all contribute to achieving properties and performance required for end applications. Recent years have witnessed the developments and progress in engineering and modelling of various solid, hollow, shell and nodal 3D textiles for applications in aerospace, transport, marine, wind energy, medical, and ballistic protection. Technologies involved in manufacturing 3D textiles include weaving, knitting, braiding, embroidery, filament winding and nonwoven. Improving manufacturing technologies, better understanding of micro-structure and properties, effects of defects, damage mechanisms and long term performance when used in engineering applications remain of main concern for further research. The event will serve as an exclusive forum of distinguished engineers and scientists where they present and exchange ideas and share their wealth of knowledge regarding 3D textile architecture, properties and their applications.
This series of conferences started in Manchester UK in 2008 by the late Professor John Hearle and Dr Xiaogang Chen of TexEng Software Ltd at the University of Manchester with more than 150 attendees from Industry and academia. The conference continued in Greenville, SC, USA in 2009, Wuhan, China in 2011, Aachen, Germany in 2012, Delhi, India in 2013, Raleigh, NC, USA in 2015, Roubaix, France in 2016, and returned to Manchester, UK in 2018 on its 10-year anniversary. It has become an important gathering of the global textile engineering and application communities. The conferences have proved to be popular among academic researchers as well as industrialists working in practical problems of textiles, 3D reinforced composite materials and structures.