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9T Labs and Setforge collaborate to bring additive manufacturing CFRP to series production

News International-French

8 Jul 2020

9T Labs and Setforge will replace metals with high-performance carbon fiber composites for automotive, aerospace and industrial applications. Additive Fusion Technology enables serial production of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) parts with high fiber volume (60%) and low void content (<1%) at lower cost using the 9T Labs Red Series equipment.

9T Labs and Setforge collaborate to bring additive manufacturing CFRP to series production

9T Labs and Setforge collaborate to bring additive manufacturing CFRP to series production

With over 100 years of experience, Setforge, a subsidiary of Farinia Group, is a global supplier of high-quality metal components, at high production volumes, mainly in the automotive and aerospace industries. With its partners, Institut de Soudure and the research institute Arts et Métiers, Setforge is working on the development of a new process, called EPITHER, that aims to produce structural composite parts in high series to diversify its historic production.

Damien Felix, Head of EPITHER program, notes:

“Lightweight and sustainability are becoming more and more important. As an innovative company, we need to explore new technologies for the future of digital series production. With 9T Labs’ cost-competitive approach, we can reduce part weight and production costs.”

Setforge will use the Red Series to set up a high-volume production solution for light and strong composite parts. Its Red Series subscription is an all-in-one solution that includes hardware, Fibrify software, and application engineering.

Felix says:

“Using 9T Labs’ composite engineering support, we will find and develop the right applications. 9T Labs’ software makes the process of designing composite parts much more accessible to companies that have not been working with composites.”

The Fibrify software suite uses integrated FEA tools to help quickly define tailored fiber designs optimized per load case, avoiding less-efficient black metal designs. It also allows parts to be structurally validated before being printed, reducing iterations and streamlining development.

Felix says:

“The Red Series subscription provides us with flexibility in process simulation and digital prototyping as well as the pontential to extend our patented process to high series production of carbon composites. We needed an additional technology to reach our goals. We have found the right level of mastery in both additive manufacturing and post consolidation with Red Series and the great support of the 9T Labs Team. This important step will allow us to substitute metals and scale the production of structural composites to thousands of pieces at a cost competitive structure.”

Giovanni Cavolina, 9T Labs Co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer, explains:

“Setforge is a great example of an innovative parts manufacturing company creating new market opportunities by substituting metals with structural composites. We are extremely proud to support Setforge in this mission. The combination of 9T Labs’ knowledge in composites and Setforge’s expertise in production will enable serial production using Additive Manufacturing of CFRP.”

9T Labs was founded in 2018 by a team of pioneers, passionate about the next generation of fiber composites manufacturing. Their mission is to mass produce high performance composites as easily as metals. To achieve this, 9T Labs digitizes the composites production workflow by providing advanced software, additive manufacturing equipment, engineering service and industry-standard materials ready to be integrated in the production lines of innovative companies.

About Setforge
With over 100 years of experience, Setforge, a subsidiary of Farinia Group, is one of the most important global suppliers of high-quality metal components, at a various range of production volumes. Specialized in a wide range of metal working manufacturing techniques, the company supplies diverse industrial sectors with parts, components and assemblies. Aiming at continuous innovation, Setforge is participating at R&D projects and collaborations to deliver high-resistant and weight-optimized solutions of next generation.