Rapid Tooling & Prototyping

Rapid ToolingQuality from a single source

Near-series prototypes, complete pre- and small series, output quantities of up to 100,000 units - and all this in an extremely short throughput time? Rapid Tooling and our dedicated team make it possible!

In contrast to Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Tooling always produces an injection mould. The effect: original materials are used. The result: a close-to-production prototype whose properties hardly differ from the original, with structured surfaces and the possibility of even producing transparent components with polished cavities.

By means of HSC milling we produce moulds from high-strength aluminium - the guarantee for extremely short throughput times. Thanks to the special aluminium alloy, even complete pre- and small series can be realized. Two decisive differences to conventional tool making, which save you time and money.

Our injection moulding machines process all thermoplastics - depending on your requirements and material in output quantities of up to 100,000 units and more. Even before the start of the project we will inform you precisely what quantities are guaranteed.

Our highly qualified and committed team will implement your project in the shortest possible time - even for complex components with increased design and production costs. And if necessary, we will also gladly put on a special shift for you.

To ensure that everything functions as quickly and reliably as possible, your personal contact person will take care of all the steps in the process chain. On request, we can support and advise you in the development and design of your components even before the contract is awarded.


Frequently asked questions about Rapid Tooling

Whether material, quantity, costs or tools: In our FAQ section we have summarized the most important questions and answers concerning Rapid Tooling for you.

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Advantages over 3D printing

"Only small quantities", "poor surfaces", "only suitable for prototypes", "no undercuts can be demoulded via a slide": numerous (false) myths surround rapid tooling.

That's why many customers choose 3D printing. At the same time, many people do not know how cost-efficient rapid tooling can be.

Are these or similar situations familiar to you?

I've been printing prototype parts, and I've discovered that...

  • ...these do not at all meet my strength requirements.
  • ... the parts do not have satisfactory surfaces without long reworking.
  • ... i need a larger quantity, but a series injection moulder is not interested in a series of 1,000 pieces.

What can you do when 3D printing reaches its limits? Rely on Rapid Tooling.

Your advantages with Rapid Tooling

  • Highest surface quality
  • Mechanical properties of the original materials are maintained
  • Overmoulding is possible
  • Multi-component parts
  • Quantities up to the tens of thousands

If 3D printing is not enough for you because you need more than just "model making prototypes", we can help you efficiently with Rapid Tooling!


Prototype injection mouldingLess is more

Prototype injection moulding at Solidtec is ideally suited for small quantities. The advantages: simplified procedure, greater efficiency and significant time and cost savings.

Often only small quantities are initially required. However, the injection moulding process requires a great deal of time and money. Therefore Solidtec offers Rapid Tooling to its customers. Even during the design stage, the injection moulds are designed for small partial quantities.

The special thing: True to the motto "less is more" we have integrated many functions of serial production into the modular Solidtec master moulding system with the cooling and ejector system. In terms of rapid prototyping, this means: simpler tool inserts, more efficient production.

Further advantages of this solution: Different sprue positions can be tested with comparatively little effort. This enables the optimum filling situation of the cavity to be worked out - quickly, reliably and cost-savingly.

Do you have questions about Rapid Prototyping with Solidtec? Talk to us:

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