Evonik, Evolve to Collaborate on 3D Printing Materials

May 29, 2019

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Evonik, Evolve to Collaborate on 3D Printing Materials
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Specialty chemicals and materials firm Evonik and 3D printing technology firm Evolve Additive Solutions formed a joint development agreement to collaborate on the formulation of new thermoplastic materials for use in Evolve’s Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP) additive manufacturing systems, Evonik announced in a press release Wednesday. 

Evolve describes the STEP technology as the “first additive manufacturing technology to offer a viable alternative to injection molding and other traditional manufacturing processes,” and expects the technology to reach commercial stage by late 2020. 

“Evolve’s entirely new technology approach will allow us to expand the range of applications of our high-performance materials, which are produced through a unique production process,” said Thomas Grosse-Puppendahl, head of the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Growth Field at Evonik, in a statement. “With more than twenty years of experience in 3D printing, we will also develop a wider range of customized material formulations to unlock the full potential of STEP technology.”

Under the agreement, Evonik and Evolve will collaborate on the creation of thermoplastic 3D printing materials from polyamide 12, PEBA, transparent polyamide, and polyamide 6 series polymers.  

“STEP has been developed for volume manufacturing so offering the widest range of thermoplastic materials to our customers is a critical element for production,” Evolve’s chief executive officer, Steve Chillscyzn, said in the release. “The joint development agreement with Evonik allows us to broaden the spectrum of STEP materials to include materials currently accepted by OEMs from additive manufacturing, but more importantly to debut a whole new set of materials opening up more applications that can take advantage of everything additive manufacturing offers.”

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