9T Labs to expand into new markets following $17 million funding raise

Swiss specialist in carbon fiber 3D printing 9T Laboratories is preparing for an imminent expansion into new markets according to a World Composites Report.

Having seen a drastic increase in interest in his red series systems, the company has sought to capitalize by making a number of new hires, as well as plans to open its first offices in the US. News of booming demand for 9T Labs comes after secured $17 million in funding earlier this year, and is now said to be targeting use cases with its technology that require the production of more than 100,000 parts per year.

“We have new systems in the field that are used to produce development and commercial parts,” Giovanni Cavolina, co-founder of 9T Labs, told Composites World. “And now, with a lot of new production applications started last year, we have an additional group of customers who will scale to series production using multiple 9T Red Series systems, as soon as the technology is validated.”

“Despite the challenges the entire industry has faced over the past two years, we are entering 2022 full of optimism.”

The 9T Labs Red Series build module (left) and the Fusion module (right).  Photo via 9T Labs.
9T Labs Red Series Build Module (left) and Fusion Module (right). Photo via 9T Labs.

9T Labs Red Series Machines

Since it was split from ETH Zurich In 2018, 9T Labs was on a mission to make entering mass production with high-performance composites as accessible as it is today with metals. To do so, the company has created its Red Series industrial 3D printing solution, an end-to-end platform comprising hardware, software and services, designed to produce lightweight composite parts.

The core of the platform’s functionality is 9T Labs Build Module, an extrusion-based fiber laminate 3D printer capable of creating objects reinforced with continuous carbon, glass, and basalt fibers. In terms of software, the Red Series also comes with the signature property fiberize program, which allows users not only to model parts, but also to subject them to FEA simulations to validate their designs.

Using the company’s industrial 3D printing platform, it’s said to be possible to create both functional prototypes and end-use components, but those looking to enter mass production can also opt for their Additive melting solution. Thanks to its additional Fusion module, which includes integrated cooling and electrical actuation systems, the machine produces parts with an improved level of layer adhesion and surface finish.

To boost the commercialization of its Red Series platforms, 9T Labs managed to raise $4.3 million in seed funding in 2020, and this was followed by a further round of $17 million Series A funding in February 2022. The latter saw the company secure the backing of Stratasys and Solvay Companieswith ex former CEO John Hartner becomes chairman of its board, ahead of its next phase of growth.

Setforge has started using 9T Labs technology for metal replacement applications.  Photo via 9T Labs.
Setforge has begun using 9T Labs technology for metal part replacement applications. Photo via 9T Labs.

Expansion into new verticals

Over the course of 2021, 9T Labs is said to have started implementing its technologies in a record number of new projects. These initiatives, believed to cover everything from aerospace mounts and aviation rib reinforcements to surgical instruments and watch parts, have also been supplemented by shipping commercial systems to vendors as well as research centers and universities.

One such project has seen the company’s Red Series system adopted by setforgean industrial supplier that aims to develop low cost 3d printed alternatives to steel, aluminum and titanium parts. While the company’s efforts initially focused on its core automotive and aerospace clientele, it also anticipates making inroads into the production of luxury goods, sports and medical-related components.

“With all of the additional production application projects we have underway, we are very excited to have acquired customers in the sporting goods, luxury goods and general industrial segments,” added Cavolina. “This helps us support manufacturers in a variety of industries to produce structural fiber-reinforced composite parts much faster, at lower cost, and still meet demanding dimensional and performance requirements.”

In response to this demand, 9T Labs is said to have hired 21 employees, including several sales managers, to lead the commercialization of its products in European countries, and initiatives involving its systems and the commercialization of its technology are beginning to take off. bear fruit , anticipates expanding into more new markets, so it’s still said to be hiring.

A 3D printed car bucket seat mold using the new Massivit 10000 3D printer.
A 3D printed car bucket seat mold using the new Massivit 10000 3D printer. Image via Massivit 3D.

Once it has fully commercialized its Red Series systems, 9T Labs will face stiff competition from others operating in the composite 3D printing space. Israeli manufacturer of 3D printers solid 3DFor example, he launched Massivit 1000 at the end of last year. Powered by Cast-In-Motion (CIM) technology, the system is specifically designed to enable the production of large-format composite molds on the fly.

On the financing front, a composite 3D printing company AREVO also raised $25 million in August 2021, in a move that was said to position it for future growth. The funding round followed the completion of its carbon fiber composite continuous additive manufacturing facility, a complex packed with 70 of the company’s shipping container-sized Aqua 2 systems, primed for the production of consumer goods. consumption.

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Featured image shows the 9T Labs Red Series Build Module and Fusion Module. Image via 9T Labs.

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