The 3D printing solution provider Evolve Additive Solutions announced an expansion of their Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP™) technology with the addition of two new 3D printing materials – Nylon PA-11(A) and Gray ABS at Formnext.
The new portfolio makes the Evolve STEP technology more accessible to the AM industry. The all-new STEP Parts Now production service delivers on the company’s past promises of 3D printed materials and features for the scalability of additive manufacturing processes.
The President of Evolve Additive Solutions Jeff Blank, Senior Vice President Jeff Hanson and Vice President Melissa Hanson announced the expansion at a press conference held in the Portalhaus, Level C, Room Prisma at the Frankfurt event.
STEP Parts Now service and new materials
The company is building on the STEP technology’s fidelity, surface finish, accuracy, and material properties to offer the STEP Parts Now production service. Through the new system, end-use 3D printed parts can be produced repeatedly and reliably.
STEP Parts Now works in tandem with Evolve’s strategic partners and the two STEP production centers in Fathom Digital Manufacturing based in the US, and alphacam Gmbh based in Germany.
Speaking about the expansion, Evolve Additive Solutions Senior Vice President, Jeff Hanson said: “We are increasing accessibility to a newly identified additive manufacturing technology category that finally delivers on past industry promises of materials, features, and scalability by additive manufacturing for true production”.
The Nylon PA-11(A) has added mechanical performance advantage over powder bed fusion PA-11 including superior elongation at break, higher impact strength, and a higher heat deflection temperature (HDT), making it more demanding for production applications.
Meanwhile, the Gray ABS 3D printing material has 10% mechanical properties of bulk injection molded ABS. It goes well with the Black ABS already offered by Evolve. The new ABS material has better structural color contrast needed to develop the fine features and textures of 3D printed parts.
The AM company is showcasing the new 3D printing materials along with the STEP Parts Now service at booth B-89 in hall 12.1 at Formnext 2023.
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