9T Labs’ first product, the CarbonKit, comes as a retrofit kit for existing 3D printing systems such as Ultimaker, Prusa, and others, to allow them to print continuous carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) materials. The whole system is designed to be a plug and play solution requiring only a swap of the printing head. The web application then allows the user to seamlessly prepare print jobs, control printers and manage the manufacturing workflow.
The CarbonKit is intended as an entry-level system for makers, universities and R&D departments to explore the capabilities of true continuous fiber printing at high fiber volume contents, get accustomed to the 3D printing workflow, define and manufacture prototypes. The application spectrum ranges from jigs and fixtures to slender frame structures, as well as printed local reinforcements for existing bigger sub-structures.
This February, the startups launches its beta test phase of the CarbonKit for a limited number of testers. «This is only the beginning. We will consistently improve our printing capabilities, launch new material configurations and work with our customers on tailored solutions for serial production of end-use components», explains Martin Eichenhofer, co-founder of 9T Labs. Applications to participate in the beta test can be submitted until January 30th.
In 2018, 9T Labs was also able to raise more than 1 million Swiss frances. Investors included, among others, the two angel investors Pascal Mathis, co-founder of GetYourGuide and Thomas Dübendorfer President of the SICTIC. «The investment, but also the broad multidisciplinary expertise of our investors that helped us to define and realize the CarbonKit», says Eichenhofer.
(Press Release/SOK)(Picture: 9T Labs)