Evolve Additive Solutions ready to take the next STEP

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Evolve Additive Solutions (EAS) of Minnesota, developers of STEP additive manufacturing technology, announced organizational changes that will accelerate technology development within its 3D printer production line. After an extended 14-year R&D phase, Evolve is now reorganizing for commercialization. The company says that in particular it is “focused on its highly reliable production platform and a strong return on investment for its customers”.

Current board member Joe Allison has been named CEO. Steve Chillscyzn, founder, will continue to serve as technical director and serve on the board of directors. Steve Chillscyzn said: “This new structure will allow me to focus my energies on accelerating technical developments within our STEP technology. Evolve explores different print engine configurations, new material qualifications, and precise thermal control to increase platform versatility. Chillscyzn added, “It’s exciting to have someone with Joe’s experience and leadership skills to accelerate and optimize our existing platform while researching new products and enhancements.”

Joe Allison said EAS aims to be a trusted partner in the additive manufacturing industry for high-volume thermoplastic applications. “I will bring a user perspective to EAS and continue to build on its groundbreaking technology.” Allison and Chillscyzn believe the transition will be seamless for both customers and company employees.

Develop additive solutions. Photo by Michael Petch.

“50 times faster than SLS 3D printing”

Evolve Additive Solutions was a subsidiary of OEM Stratasys 3D printer. The technology was retired from the company in 2017. Since then, the company has been working on its Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP), 3D printing technology.

The STEP printing process uses engineering grade thermoplastics. It involves depositing the raw material layer after layer on the fabrication area using a conveyor belt until the desired 3D shape is formed. This company claims the technology is 50 times faster than SLS 3D printing and enables faster lead times with “tool-less” production.

Evolve Additive received an initial seed capital injection of $19,000,000 from Stanley Black & Decker and Lego in 2017. Since then, it has received continued support from SB&D in other funding rounds.

Evolve Additive has formed partnerships with many companies to improve its STEP technology over the years. These include Kodak, an imaging specialist who supplied Evolve Additive with imaging systems, parts and consumables derived from its Kodak NeXPRESS digital production color press. To create a new range for its STEP technology, the company also collaborated with the chemical company Evonik.

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Featured image shows the Evolve STEP 3D printing system. Photo via Evolve.

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