Additive Fusion Solution – Advanced Engineering Birmingham

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2 & 3 November 2022 | NEC, Birmingham

Additive Fusion Solution

Description​

The technology was developed by Zürich-based 9T Labs AG and combines cloud-based simulation software and two pieces of equipment.
The Build Module is a 3D printer for layup/preform production that uses both neat filaments (in polyamide 12 (PA12) or polyetherketoneketone (PEKK)) plus off-the-shelf and qualified carbon fiber tapes (also PA12 or PEKK matrices), which are slit, then roll-formed into tubular filaments that provide fine printing resolution. Preforms next enter the Fusion Module, a compact compression press with matched-metal dies and integral heater/chiller for consolidation and forming into finished parts up to 350 mm x 270 mm x 250 mm in size and up to 60% fiber-volume fractions (FVFs) in all three axes.
Depending on part dimensions, a Build Module can produce up to 3,000 performs/year and a Fusion Module can mold up to 13,000 parts/year. Neat filaments lower FVFs and costs in areas where performance is less demanding. The system offers design flexibility and fiber placement control, excellent surfaces with low voids, and high repeatability/reproducibility with 100% traceability.
Structural parts are targeted at aerospace, sporting goods, automotive, industrial, medical devices, and many other markets.

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