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Dufour Aerospace and 9T Labs to collaborate on 3D printed composite connectors

The parts will be used to manufacture the upcoming Aero2 VTOL system

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Dufour Aerospace has selected 9T Labs as a supplier for structural composite connectors such as brackets and hinges of the uncrewed tilt-wing aircraft Aero2. Using parts manufactured with innovative Additive Fusion Technology (AFT) and the Red Series additive manufacturing equipment, along with advanced post-processing technology, helps Dufour Aerospace further reduce the weight of the Aero2.

Simon Bendrey, Head of Design of Dufour Aerospace commented: “The importance of the smaller parts of an aircraft is often underestimated when it comes to contributing to weight. With 9T Labs, we have found a partner supporting us in exactly this critical area with surprisingly lightweight composite structural parts, without us having to make compromises in terms of durability and strength.”

Dufour Aerospace and 9T Labs collaborate on 3D printed composite connectors for the upcoming Aero2 VTOL system Dufour Aerospace develops efficient and ecological aircraft for patient and passenger transport, logistics and public safety. Dufour Aerospace’s designs currently under development rely on the tilt-wing principle. They take-off and land vertically in the smallest space like a helicopter but fly as fast and economically as an airplane. While the propellers are electric-driven, hybrid elements (conventional combustion engines or fuel cells) ensure a sufficiently long range.

Aero2 is the first product that Dufour Aerospace will launch. It is an uncrewed aerial vehicle specifically designed to transport critical cargo such as medical supplies of up to 40 kilograms/88 pounds in medium to long-range distances. The manned Aero3, featuring a spacious cabin with eight seats and large doors, is the next aircraft currently in development.

Giovanni Cavolina, co-founder and CCO of 9T Labs, says: “We are thrilled to join forces with Dufour Aerospace to advance sustainable aerial mobility by lightweighting critical brackets using unique, cutting-edge technologies. Replacing a number of structural metal parts with the highest performing thermoplastic composites will help Dufour Aerospace  achieve the ambitious weight targets for the Aero2 program.”

‍9T Labs, a leading composites manufacturing technology company headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, helps mobility OEMs reach climate-neutral products by introducing a new design & manufacturing standard for strong parts at lowest weight, lower cost and zero waste. This standard, Red Series Additive Fusion Technology (AFT), is an all-in-one solution that is particularly attractive to help customers reduce their carbon footprint with environmentally friendly materials & processes that eliminate waste and minimize the use of resources.


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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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