Stratasys announced the implementation of Vulcan Labs and Evolve, two spin-off companies dedicated to different applications of the additive manufacturing market.
Vulcan Labs aims to address issues related to productivity, quality, and certification. The company is designed to advance innovation of Powder-Bed Fusion (PBF) additive manufacturing. With a focus on metals, solutions of the company will enable to advance the quality, repeatability and efficiency of PBF technology.
Vulcan Labs’ solutions are currently being developed to include:
Optimized build environments and unique multi-laser scan strategies
Closed loop melt pool quality control
Detailed Data Logging and Integration to the factory floor
Automated powder handling and in-situ powder quality characterization
Automated calibration and build set-up capabilities
Evolve is a spin-off company focused on the Selective Toner Electrophotographic Process (STEP) technology. The aim here is to focus on the speeds at which solutions will be delivered compare to other available additive processes. This technology will be brought to the market through a combination of conventional techniques and advantages of 3D printing in terms of materials, quality.
Designed for automated manufacturing and factory-floor integration, STEP empowers users to utilize production-grade thermoplastics for volume production applications across multiple industries, including Consumer, Automotive, Industrial and Medical. The highly scalable and extensible solution combines Evolve’s own proprietary technology with the proven capability of electrophotographic imaging.
The STEP process combines time-tested 2D imaging technology with proprietary IP developed by Evolve to precisely align incoming layers and sophisticated bonding techniques that create final parts that are fully dense with isotropic properties of injection molding.
Specifically, STEP technology introduces a range of new features, including:
Engineering-grade thermoplastic materials (amorphous and semi-crystalline)
Production speeds of up to 50X faster than existing additive manufacturing solutions
Cost per part and surface quality comparable to traditional manufacturing
Isotropic properties in X, Y and Z directions on par with injection molding
Industry 4.0 and automation factory floor integration
Multiple material printing capable within the same layer
Full color printing capability – including spot and process.
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