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9T Labs: 3,9 Mio. Euro für all-in-one solution für carbon 3D-Druck

29. Januar 2020

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)

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