9T Labs: 3,9 Mio. Euro für all-in-one solution für carbon 3D-Druck
Zürich — Das Startup 9T Labs aus Zürich setzt auf 3D-Druck aus Carbon und bietet Nachrüst-Sets für handelsübliche 3D-Drucker, um diesen Drucke aus Carbon zu ermöglichen. Das Unternehmen hat jetzt eine Finanzierung über 3,9 Millionen Euro erhalten. An der Runde beteiligten sich neben Altinvestor Wingman Ventures auch neue Geldgeber, etwa die Schweizer VCs Investiere und Technology Fund. Unterstützt wird 9T Labs auch von der Europäischen Raumfahrtorganisation Esa.
All-in-one solution for carbon fiber 3D printing
A spin-off of ETH Zürich, Switzerland, 9T Labs was co-founded by Chester Houwink, Giovanni Cavolina and Martin Eichenhofer in 2018. The company’s mission statement is to make “carbon fiber composite materials as accessible as ordinary metal materials” through 3D printing. 9T Labs aims to achieve this goal by providing an integrated workflow for producing carbon fiber composite parts. Included in this workflow is an all-in-one solution of software, 3D printing technology, and post-processing capabilities.
Currently, in development, 9T Labs’ technology includes its Fibrify software, which allows users to monitor their 3D printing activity and optimize fiber placement according to the load case. The company is also developing its 3D printer for carbon fiber composite production, known as the Red Series. It comprises two units: an FDM 3D printer, equipped with a patented printhead for continuous carbon fiber production, and a system for post-processing, named the Fusion Unit. With its 3D printing technology, 9T Labs claims that uses can produce carbon fiber parts with less than two percent void content, and up to sixty percent volumetric carbon composite content.
9T Labs has also developed what is known as the CarbonKit. An add-on for FDM 3D printers, the CarbonKit is made up of a carbon fiber PA12 spool, material box and printhead with dual extrusion, providing existing machines with carbon fiber 3D printing capabilities. Thanks to its technology, 3D Printing Industry listed 9T Labs as one of the 3D printing startups to watch at the MUST 3D Printing event in 2018. In 2019, 9T Labs was also shortlisted for Startup of the Year at the 3D Printing Industry Awards. (Quelle: https://3dprintingindustry.com)