As of the beginning of September 2021, the former On Demand Manufacturing business unit of 3D systems is doing business as an independent company known as Quickparts. The company is going to be exhibiting its manufacturing competencies at Formnext in Frankfurt, Germany on November 16-19.
In line with its strategy of focusing on the development of 3D printing systems and associated printing materials, 3D Systems sold its On Demand Manufacturing business unit to the US private equity company Trilantic. This has created a highly effective and independent manufacturing services provider with around 300 employees and five state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Europe (Italy, France, UK) and the USA (at two locations). Furthermore, Quickparts will continue working with a network of professional manufacturing partners around the globe, allowing them to offer customers a one-stop-shop solution for all their projects, wherever they are in the world.
The portfolio includes well-known 3D printing processes in plastic and metal: Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Direct Metal Printing (DMP/ DMLS), Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) and the Figure 4 process developed by 3D Systems, including post-processing. Along with this, Quickparts also offers traditional manufacturing processes such as CNC, Sheetmetal, Injection Molding, and many others.
The new company is thus able to support customers with sophisticated manufacturing services during the entire product development phase: rapid prototyping, functional prototyping and building design models and short production series, in the lead-up to mass production.
“We have benefited from the synergies of being a fully integrated 3D printing specialist and technology leader for ten years,” said Ziad Abou, CEO of Quickparts and 3D printing industry expert since 1994. “As we see it, it is now the right time take our growth and development a step further, which we will accomplish together with our new owner Trilantic. We will invest primarily in digitization and in standardizing and improving the quality of 3D printing processes to further boost our competitive position.”
When it comes to digitalization, Quickparts is already very well positioned as a pioneer of online quoting for 3D printing manufacturing. Users can simply upload their projects online and request a firm quote. Subsequent communication also takes place via the platform or, if desired, with one of Quickparts’ experts.
As it happens, finding a name for the new company was not so hard. 3D Systems’ ODM business was originally created in 2011 by the acquisition of a U.S. company called Quickparts, which even back then offered its 3D printing services via an online platform. Ziad Abou: “We have more than 28 years of experience to build on and have always been closely involved and helped drive the development of 3D printing technology. We are now leveraging this know-how and focusing on increasing the customer base for our sophisticated prototyping and manufacturing services.”