9T Labs AG, today announced that its Additive Fusion Technology was chosen to produce the carbon composite watch case for Oris SA’s new limited edition watch.
ZURICH, Switzerland — 9T Labs AG, experts in digital, automated and cost-competitive serial production of continuous fiber components, today announced that its Additive Fusion Technology (AFT) was chosen to produce the carbon composite watch case for Oris SA’s new limited edition watch. This distinctive Swiss timepiece honors Coulson Aviation, a Canadian company that provides aerial forest fire suppression, for its work in protecting people and the environment. The relationship with Coulson is part of Oris’s “Change for the Better” initiative, a series of collaborations with pioneering conservation organizations.
“Our new watch pays tribute to the courage and dedication of Coulson Aviation’s aerial firefighters by featuring high-tech carbon composite materials used in aerospace, a patented 3D fabrication process never before used in watchmaking and a dramatic, fire-orange face,” said Ulrich W. Herzog, chairman, Oris SA. “The additively manufactured carbon composite watch case made with 9T Labs’ technology is strong, ultra-light and rigid for top performance in the field. This unique watch symbolizes the shared values of Oris and Coulson, including continuous innovation and early adoption of leading-edge technology.”
Oris looked beyond traditional manufacturing and materials to achieve its goals for waste reduction, exceptional durability, and its increased reliance on Swiss excellence. The company chose 9T Labs whose unique AFT platform combines software, additive manufacturing and compression molding in matched metal dies. Using AFT, 9T Labs mass produced 1,000 units of the Coulson limited edition watch case from a thermoplastic composite based on PEKK engineering resin and reinforced with 60 percent continuous carbon fiber. The PEKK material, a high-density resin, provides a solid, substantial feel to the watch.
The AFT process delivered significant advantages over the state-of-the-art method of cutting the watch case out of metal blocks. For example, the AFT technology achieves extreme lightweight at highest strength, low waste and unique aesthetics from the preservation of the continuous carbon fiber and consistently high quality across all 1,000 watch cases.
“We are thrilled and extremely grateful for our successful partnership with Oris” said Giovanni Cavolina, chief commercial officer and co-founder, 9T Labs. “The collaboration did not only help enhance the performance and aesthetics of the Coulson watch, it also demonstrated the potential of 9T Labs’ Additive Fusion Technology to become the new industry standard for mass producing composite products strong, lightweight and sustainably like never before”
About 9T Labs
9T Labs, headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, was founded in 2018 by a team of pioneers, passionate about bringing the next generation of high-performance manufacturing. The company aspires to mass-produce high-performance composites as easily as metals. This is done by automating and digitizing the production workflow of composite production at the most innovative companies.
9T Labs experts understand the complexities of anisotropic materials and the manual process in manufacturing carbon composites. To simplify this, they set out to provide an all-in-one solution to help our customers radically ramp up their composites series production and turn their series production ideas into production cases within months - not years.
9T Labs’ software as a service suite, powered by integrated FEA simulation tools, allows quick turnaround of highly optimized designs. In combination with innovative additive manufacturing equipment and advanced post processing technology, it enables serial manufacturing of structural composite parts.
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