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Oris turns to 9T Labs to print 1,000 carbon composite watch cases

Using 9T Labs Additive Fusion Technology (AFT) to honor Coulson Aviation

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9T Labs AG, experts in digital, automated, and cost-competitive serial production of continuous fiber components, has used its Additive Fusion Technology (AFT) to produce the carbon composite watch case for Oris SA’s new limited edition watch. This 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.

Oris turns to 9T Labs to print 1,000 carbon composite watch cases. Using 9T Labs Additive Fusion Technology (AFT) to honor Coulson Aviation.
Coulson Aviation

“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 of 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 turns to 9T Labs to print 1,000 carbon composite watch cases. Using 9T Labs Additive Fusion Technology (AFT) to honor Coulson Aviation. In line with Oris’ goals for waste reduction, exceptional durability, and 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% 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 reductive manufacturing (cutting the watch case out of metal blocks). For example, the AFT technology achieves extreme lightweight at the highest strength, low waste, and unique aesthetics.

“We are thrilled and extremely grateful for our successful partnership with Oris,” said Giovanni Cavolina, chief commercial officer and co-founder of 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.”

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