ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING NEW UK SUPPLIERS; INNOVATIVE AM TECHNOLOGY
High output plastic, metal & ceramic part production
Stratasys spin-off promises high volume AM
to rival injection moulding
Additive manufacturing expert Stratasys has unveiled a spin-off
company, Evolve, that will focus on at high volume production using a
wide range of thermo-plastics at speeds comparable to conventional
manufacturing processes, using what it calls ‘STEP’ technology.
“From toy manufacturers to footwear companies, industrial
organisations to aerospace and medical suppliers, Evolve’s STEP
technology is the only technology that can address the needs for
production parts – with the broadest capability of producing real
thermoplastics parts,” the company claims.
Evolve (www.evolveadditive.com) has been in incubation for 10
years and its technology offers X, Y and Z directional strength and
mechanical properties to rival injection moulding, it is claimed. Its
technology is said to be 50x faster than the next fastest AM
process, produce features of 50 micron size and delivers supports
that can be dissolved in less than 12 hours, with that material
reusable. Full colour and multi-material parts can be created.
The fi rm is also undertaking rapid development process for 200+
“We are excited to introduce Evolve Additive Solutions and
proprietary STEP technology,” said Steve Chillscyzn, CEO of Evolve
Additive Solutions and co-inventor of STEP. “We believe the STEP
technology is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap in the market not
yet addressed by additive or traditional manufacturing technologies.
It is the fi rst-of-its-kind technology offering an additive method for
mass production. It’s designed to deliver the benefi ts of additive,
while handling high volume production. And we’re confi dent in the
Evolve team’s ability to make this technology a success.”
The STEP process combines time-tested 2D imaging technology
with proprietary IP developed by Evolve to precisely align incoming
layers along with sophisticated bonding techniques that create fi nal
parts that are fully dense with the isotropic properties of injectionmoulded
Evolve has already commenced seeking initial purchase orders
from several leading automotive, consumer goods and aerospace
companies during its alpha stage. Over the next 12 months, the
company also plans to engage new customers to evaluate beta
systems for applications in volume production environments across
many vertical markets. Parties interested in beta opportunities are
encouraged to contact Evolve directly. Evolve has not yet announced
the date of expected general availability of its products.
Metal & ceramic printing technology breakthrough
XJet prints liquid metals and ceramics using ink-jet-based
In January, Israel-based XJet installed its fi rst NanoParticle
Jetting additive manufacturing (AM) system in the US, its second
worldwide, at Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI), Ohio.
Researchers at Youngstown State University, the entrepreneurs at
YBI, as well as the America Makes partnership program
collaborating with YBI will make use of the XJet Carmel 1400 AM
System (video of installation: https://is.gd/varefo). The machine
boasts a 1,400 cm2 build tray, one of the industry’s largest, and
supports high capacity production. During the beta period, the
focus will be on ceramic materials for both research and
development and part production. Ceramics have strong
applications for AM-generated products in the aerospace and
This follows the fi rst global
installation, at Oerlikon citim
in Germany in November
2017, where a similar XJet
Carmel 1400 was installed.
Initially, this AM system is
confi gured to manufacture
ceramic parts (ceramic
zirconia), but can also be
used to manufacture metal
components that require fi ne
details at a later stage.
Oerlikon citim has over 20
years’ AM experience.
XJet fi rst unveiled its
Inkjet printing of metals and
ceramics is possible with
NanoParticle Jetting technology at The November 2016 edition of
Formnext, the fi rst 3D solution to directly jet ‘metal ink’. Using
nanoparticles, which produces high quality parts, it delivers
“unprecedented levels of details 0.1 mm, surface fi nish and
accuracy – without compromising build time”.
NanoParticle Jetting produces an ultra-thin layer of droplets
containing either metal nanoparticles or support nanoparticles.
These are deposited onto the build-tray, producing metal parts with
the ease and versatility of inkjet printing, without compromising
throughput. XJet (www.xjet3d.com) was founded in 2005 by Hanan
Gothait, an innovator and veteran of the inkjet printing industry.
Delivered as sealed cartridges, the liquid dispersions are easily
loaded into the XJet system, eliminating the need to handle metal
powders. Inside the system’s build envelope, extremely high
temperatures cause the liquid ‘jacket’ around the metal
nanoparticles to evaporate. This results in virtually the same
metallurgy as traditionally-made metal parts. In addition, the metal
part undergoes an easy sintering process, with the support
material removed simply and with almost no manual intervention.
The company applies the same process to ceramic printing,
allowing the process to support dental, medical and specifi c
A process to challenge injection moulding, says
Evolve of its STEP process
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