Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the materials sector. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising carbon fiber composite startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Carbon Fiber Composite Startups
For our 5 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 264 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
9T Labs – Carbon Fiber 3D Printing
Carbon fiber finds applications in multiple industries from high tech aerospace to sports equipment. The high strength-to-weight ratio of carbon fiber along with the versatility of components makes it an ideal material for manufacturers. The drawback of using composite carbon fibers is the cost of production that seems prohibitive for many producers. However, with advances in material sciences and 3D printing, startups develop solutions to economically mass-produce carbon fiber composites.
Swiss engineering startup 9T Labs develops advanced solutions for 3D manufacturing. The startup’s products combine in-depth simulation and design software to create optimal carbon fiber composites, as well as the 3D printing equipment needed to manufacture the designed composites. 9T Lab’s solution aims at giving manufacturers a faster time-to-market for their carbon fiber composite products.
Solerial Matusions – Nanoparticle Additive
The use of additives is widespread in all industries, as without them, many products simply lose multitudes of benefits. Additives serve important functions, including reducing production cost, as traditionally, materials with the same properties as additives are expensive and time-consuming to manufacture. Startups are in constant competition to create efficient and stronger additives.
Swedish startup Solerial Matusions manufactures a patented carbon fiber nanoparticle additive. The startup’s additive solution aims at reducing the weight and cost of aircraft structural components, while also offering superior lightning protection.
Boston Materials – Milled Carbon Fiber Manipulation
Recycling material is always the preferred alternative to the disposal of materials as it helps to reduce environmental pollution. One recycled by-product of carbon fiber is milled carbon fiber which is versatile in terms of its properties. Milled carbon fiber is ideal for mixing in paints, resins, etc. However, reusing it in solid composites presents a challenge as structures of fibers are not aligned thus causing structural integrity failure.
The US-based startup Boston Materials develops a patented magnetic alignment process that enables the structural alignment of milled carbon fiber. The process ensures carbon fiber composites exhibit a high tolerance for stress and strain. In addition, this allows for the production of large rolls of carbon fiber thereby lowering the manufacturing cost.
Weav3D – Automated Composite Weaving
The production of composites using carbon fiber is often capital intensive and time-consuming – sometimes even requiring custom equipment or development. Another limiting factor of carbon fiber composites is the scalability of production. The increase in demand for carbon fiber is met with technological improvements as startups and emerging companies shift their focus to developing innovative solutions.
The US-based startup Weav3D designs and creates an automated process for the manufacturing of carbon fiber composites through weaving and composite consolidation. The startup enables the processing of multiple continuous, fiber-reinforced thermoplastic tapes thereby providing applications across multiple industries.
Rein4ced – Impact Resistant Composite
The production and development of high-performance vehicles is a clear application area for carbon fiber composites. Carbon fiber composites are used in vehicle components, involving intense pressure and stress. In such vehicles, a compromise in the structural integrity of the carbon fiber can render the vehicle inoperable and result in severe injuries for the driver. To combat this, startups develop stronger carbon fiber composites that withstand greater stress.
Belgian startup Rein4ced builds a patented carbon fiber composite material designed to handle extreme structural stress that a high-performance racing vehicle would experience. The startup’s composite material displays improved brittleness compared to similar composites at the same weight. Overall, the solution aims to completely replace traditional metal components on small scale vehicles.
What About The Other 259 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 carbon fiber composite startups showcased above are promising examples out of 264 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.