9T Labs: 3.9 million euros for all-in-one solution for carbon 3D printing
Zurich — Zurich-based startup 9T Labs is focusing on carbon 3D printing and offers retrofit kits for commercially available 3D printers to enable them to print from carbon. The company has now received financing of 3.9 million euros. In addition to existing investor Wingman Ventures, new investors such as the Swiss VCs Investiere and Technology Fund also participated in the round. 9T Labs is also supported by the European Space Agency Esa.
All-in-one solution for carbon fiber 3D printing
A spin-off of ETH Zurich, 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. (Source: https://3dprintingindustry.com)