Mathias Zidda, master graduate of Institut für Textiltechnik of RWTH Aachen University (ITA), won the ITMA Research & Innovation Excellence Award on June 20, 2019 for his 3D braiding machine, which was rebuilt according to the 4.0 industry standard. During his master thesis “Development of a gear-driven 3D rotational braiding machine and its control concept”, Mathias Zidda was supervised by ITA doctorate candidate Martin Kolloch.