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New Technology to Develop Carbon Fiber Composites to Replace Metal Parts

Published on 2020-07-16. Edited By : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Metal Replacement     Part Design & Manufacturing     Thermoplastic Composites    

metalreplacemnt-9t-lab-cfrppats 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 percent) and low void content (<1 percent) at lower cost using the 9T Labs Red Series™ equipment.

Producing Structural Composite Parts

Setforge and its partners, Institut de Soudure and the research institute Arts et Métiers, are 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.

Lightweight and sustainability are becoming more and more important,” notes head of EPITHER program, Damien Felix. “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.”

High-volume Production Solution

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. “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,” says Felix.

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.

Flexibility in Process Simulation & Digital Prototyping

The Red Series subscription provides with flexibility in process simulation and digital prototyping as well as the potential 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.”

Setforge is a great example of an innovative parts manufacturing company creating new market opportunities by substituting metals with structural composites.” explains 9T Labs Co-founder and Chief Business Development Officer, Giovanni Cavolina. “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.

Source: 9T Labs
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