Skip to main content: Our Story – 20 years of ingenuity
1996: This is how it all began – brickwork and brewery tables characterized our workplace in the early days.
1996: Hannes Hämmerle producing his first prototype.
1997: Our first trade-fair appearance at Fakuma in Friedrichshafen (D).
2001: The first Customer Day in our company's history provided valuable insights.
2004: “Flying” model, made of ABS plastic using FDM technology in the “cavity wall” style.
2007: The Insider Day 2007 with a visit to the Bregenz Festival remains a highlight of our company's history.
2010: Heading to the moon with 1zu1! We are manufacturing a lunar mission design prototype.
2010: our new Prototype Center is ready!
2011: At first there were just two employees – by 2011 we had over 100.
2012: The new RP Center offers 700 sqm of space for our master-model technologies.
2013: The 1zu1 Technology Days ushered in a new era of customer information.
2013: Roboy visited 1zu1 Prototypes during our Customer Day in May 2013.
Developing our workforce and sales.
We are constantly on the lookout for new staff for our growing company
Completion of first construction phase
Awarded the "Salvus" gold health quality seal of the state of Vorarlberg for proactive measures on employee health
Annual sales 17m euros
170 employees, including 27 apprentices
Start of renovation: 2500m² expansion of office and production space.
Multi-milllion investment in new machinery 1zu1 wins German Brand Award for new corporate design
Annual sales 19m euros
180 employees, including 30 apprentices
corporate design: Prototypes becomes 1zu1 1zu1 takes over business of bankrupt company W&W Plastic GmbH
1zu1 is awarded "state-approved training company" status for its record on apprenticeship
Once again awarded the "Salvus" health quality seal (silver) of the state of Vorarlberg for proactive measures on employee health
Annual sales 18m euros
170 employees, including 30 apprentices
20th anniversary of 1zu1 Prototypes
Voted the best family business in Vorarlberg by the Austrian daily "Wirtschaftsblatt".
Annual sales 16.4m euros
150 employees, including 30 apprentices
Awarded the "Salvus" health quality seal (silver) of the state of Vorarlberg for proactive measures on employee health
ISO 9001:2015 certification
Addition of a new production facility (injection molding)
Air conditioning installed throughout toolmaking and injection molding shops
Launch of prototype and series production (rapid manufacturing) with ultra-modern eDrive injection molding systems in
cleanroom environment Annual sales 15m euros
Receipt of "Hans-Huber-Stiftung" prize awarded in Vorarlberg and Switzerland for the promotion of young professionals
Expansion of business field
Rapid Manufacturing to include jig components Development of new
special materials made from vacuum-cast PUR: 1zu1 materials offer better impact and flexural strength, are flame-retardant/self-extinguishing, guarantee heat resistance up to 150 / 200°C or have a higher translucence thanks to a light-scattering additive Integration of a 2nd milling line in the computer-controlled
1zu1 milling center Modernization of apprentice workshop: investment in the latest technologies and equipment for training young professionals in-house
Annual sales 13.8m euros
Annual sales 13.3m euros
Co-development and production of complete hardware for the humanoid robot "Roboy" (a project of Zürich University's Center for Artificial Intelligence)
Perspectives and insights at the "1zu1 Technology Days" on the topics of
metal casting, rapid tooling, master models, vacuum casting and metrology “Shaking hands with the future”: Customer Day in May 2013 with 250 participants
Honing and testing: the new material polypropylene is
introduced in the laser sintering facility 132 employees, including 26 apprentices
Winner of the "Trio of the Year" competition organized by the Trade & Crafts department of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and the business magazine Trend (1st place)
Annual sales 13m euros
Pooling of all master model technologies in the ultra-modern, 700m
2 RP-Center Opening of a showroom for prototypes and models
Commissioning of a fully automatic
CNC 5-axis milling machine with robot cell Expansion of
stereolithography portfolio to include two production lines and a 3D printer for high-precision burn-away parts for metal casting (3D systems) 120 employees, including 26 apprentices
training workshop: 2nd instructor (specializing in machining) 2011
Winner of SME competition "Pillars of the Economy" organized by the Vorarlberg Chamber of Commerce and the newspaper Vorarlberger Nachrichten (1st place)
Annual sales 12m euros
15th anniversary of company
New service: optimization of quality assurance via
GOM metrology Launch of production of
food-grade prototypes (FDA certification) Expansion of
laser sintering department to include three new production lines 100 employees, including 22 apprentices
Completion and occupation of extension: vacuum casting facility, sales offices and canteen occupying 2000m
2 Expansion of production area to a total of 5,000m
2 Annual sales 9.8m euros
The upgraded inquiry and ordering tool "1zu1 Configurator" goes online
"1,000 parts from one mold": revolutionary vacuum casting and molding technology allows the production of unlimited quantities of plastic parts from a single silicone mold (previously the limit ranged between 15 and 25 parts per mold depending on the material)
Technological innovations on the market:
laser sintering with rubber; transparent stereolithography parts 2009
Annual sales 7m euros
Acquisition of a second EOS-Formiga laser sintering line for small parts
New blasting technology in
laser sintering department for even better cleaning of parts Further expansion of
training workshop, 6 new apprentices begin their training in the fall 63 employees, including 15 apprentices
Occupation of new administrative building occupying 420m
2 500 customers
Annual sales 5.9m euros
Commissioning of the first
OBJET Eden 350V in Europe with a layer thickness of 0.016 mm Acquisition of first
injection molding machine Launch of new
rapid tooling 48 employees
Annual sales 4.8m euros
Addition of two new employees
to the sales team (total of six employees) Opening of
training workshop with instructors (total of 8 apprentices) 38 employees
Annual sales 3.5m euros
Installation of a new master model technology:
SLS - Selective Laser Sintering (EOS P380) Production of prototype models in polyamide and polystyrene
Expansion of production area to a total of 2,000m
2 RIM - Reaction Injection Molding: low-pressure injection in silicone molds under vacuum
Installation of "Configurator"
Name change and redesign of corporate identity: 1zu1 Prototypen GmbH & Co KG
Sales 3m euros
Production of first magnesium prototypes
Occupation of new 420m
2 production facility for metal prototypes 5th anniversary of company
"1st Customer Day"
Annual sales 3m euros
Installation of a new master model technology:
FDM - Fused Deposition Modelling (Stratasys FDM Maxum), first production line in Austria or Switzerland 17 employees
Annual sales 2.6m euros
Introduction of production process "
Milled Prototypes" with 5-axis milling Installation of an automatic warehouse for prototypes and molds
Award "Best apprentice of a Vorarlberg plastics processor"
Service to the industry and corporate success rewarded with the "Vorarlberg Business Oscar" (best company up to a workforce of 50)
Annual sales 1.8m euros
First sales representative
Total of 8 employees
Sales 1.4m euros
Expansion of portfolio to include rapid prototyping, metal prototyping and metal casting
Commencement of apprentice training (plastics processor)
Annual sales 900,000 euros
Installation of administration software "Intersoft"
First trade fair appearance at Fakuma, Friedrichshafen (D).
Company founded by Hannes Hämmerle and Wolfgang Humml. Initial workforce consists of two toolmakers.
Services offered: vacuum casting of plastic parts and
consulting Annual sales 300,000 euros