STFI researcher receives Young Researcher Award
Tobias Petzold of Saxonian Textile Institute e.V. is awarded with a third prize at this year's DKB-VIU Junior Researcher Award for the development of plastic strands in 3D printing (STFI) in Chemnitz. The award was presented on December 6, 2018 in Berlin. The Deutsche Kreditbank AG (DKB AG) and the Association of Innovative Companies (VIU) use the award to promote the close integration of universities of applied sciences, colleges and universities with medium-sized industrial research under the aspect of practical research and securing young talent.
The 24-year-old Tobias Petzold was able to expand the material range of soft and flexible plastic strands, so-called filaments, for the selected 3D printing process due to the use of special additives through the investigations carried out as part of his master's thesis at the HTW Dresden. With the process used, selected parts of textiles can be coated in such a way that the products obtain additional properties such as reflection, electrical conductivity, improved abrasion resistance and antimicrobial effect.
VIU CEO Dr. Ralf-Uwe Bauer, together with DKB AG, presented the award ceremony at the congress "Innovation im Mittelstand - wie Transfer gelingt" (Innovation in SMEs - how transfer succeeds) organized jointly by VIU and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. In addition to Petzold, Dr. Sebastian Spange from Innovent e.V. in Jena and Gregor Böhm from the Research Centre for Medical Technology and Biotechnology (fzmb GmbH) in Bad Langensalza were honoured. Dr. Spange and Gregor Böhm received a joint first prize. The competition is endowed with a total of 5,000 euros.