The founders of QuickTools were already seasoned in injection moulding and conventional tooling when the first signs of reducing time-to-market appeared. In 1997, a pilot project with 5 injection moulds was produced on an early EOS metal printer and ran successful endurance tests of > 50.000 parts.
Four years later, QuickTools was incorporated with the vision of implementing additive manufacturing in the production of injection moulds, with the aim of overcoming the restrictions of prototype parts, including:
- Expensive parts
- Slow output, not suited for mass production
- Very limited choice of materials
- Few possibilities in choice of colour and texture
By simply printing the moulds instead of the parts, all limitations of 3D printing disappeared and thus a competitive new technology emerged.
The very first tools printed by QuickTools proved to have the same precision, texture and lifespan as their traditional counterparts.
Through the years, QuickTools grew into a sophisticated business entirely in line with the fourth industrial revolution.
Mould prototypes are still produced, although most of them are serial production tools, some of them reaching an output of up to millions of parts.
QuickTools and automation go hand in hand, starting with single machines all the way up to the entire process chain.We tackle the most difficult problems with ease and with much faster turnaround times than the competition.
The new challenge is to produce ever bigger moulds in 20 to 40 working hours.
To be continued …