Evonik and Evolve Additive Solutions plan to enhance the material development for selective thermoplastics. The initial development efforts will focus on polyamide 12, Peba, transparent polyamide, and polymer of the polyamide 6 series.
The new Step technology will sit alongside traditional manufacturing processes, such as injection moulding on the manufacturing floor, augmenting an organization’s production capabilities and allowing freedom of design and faster time to market with “tool-less” production. The selective thermoplastic electrophotographic process from Evolve is still in the alpha development stage and is expected to be commercial in 2020.
The joint development agreement aims at broadening the spectrum of Step materials to include materials currently accepted by OEMs from additive manufacturing, but also to debut a completely new set of materials opening up more applications that can take advantage of everything additive manufacturing offers.