Technology

A completely new and unique additive manufacturing technology

Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP), the first additive manufacturing technology to offer a viable alternative to injection molding and other traditional manufacturing processes. An R&D project launched in 2009 by industry leader and pioneer Stratasys, Evolve has spun out as its own company and technology leader.

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Evolve has combined an existing time-tested 2D printing technology with its own proprietary STEP platform that truly evolves additive manufacturing far beyond existing technologies for plastic production.


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Check out all the benefits Evolve Additive Solutions offers.

Whether its material, speed, quality, flexibility or cost, Evolve delivers it all - in one single platform. 

Exceeds the capabilities of conventional manufacturing processes, such as injection molding


Is scalable to volume production without compromising part quality or cost


Delivers mass customization capabilities across all build volumes


Is the ideal production solution across numerous end-markets

Evolve is well suited for many industries including aerospace & defense, industrials, automotive, medical & dental, consumer and more.

Conventional plastics with the ability for rapid expansion into new materials.​

Materials

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Compete head-on with injection molding speed.

Speed

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A single platform with unrivaled quality and reliability.

Quality

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Easily integrate into existing workflows.

Flexibility

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Cost on par with injection molding.

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Materials

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A critical element of any production system is the ability to produce products in a wide variety of material.  The Evolve platform has been developed with engineering plastics currently being used in conventional manufacturing and with the ability for rapid expansion into new materials.

Material Capes
  • Broad palette of real engineering thermoplastics and composites
  • Ability to produce full color and multi-material in a single part
  • Hands-free removal of support material (re-usable)
  • Rapid development process for 200+ new materials

Speed

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Until today, additive manufacturing of real thermoplastics was limited by technology.  We've evolved additive manufacturing to the point that it competes head-on with injection molding speeds while delivering all if the benefits of AM.

  • 50X faster than the next fastest AM technology
  • Speed without compromising reliability
  • Eliminates need for costly and time-consuming tooling
  • Cycle-times, yield and repeatability comparable to traditional manufacturing

Quality

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Quality is the name of the game when it comes to production.  Some additive manufacturing technologies offer speed, others offer materials and some deliver on quality.  Evolve is the first company to offer all in a single platform with the quality in surface finish, material properties and machine reliability on par with injection molding.

  • Injection molding detail and surface finish: 0.0005in to 0.003in per layer (50μm feature size)
  • Part strength, durability and performance rivaling injection molding in all build directions
  • Full fusion layer-to-layer allows for improved adhesion and z strength
  • Optimized dissolution solution to remove support in less than 12 hours
  • Reusable support material
  • Uncompromised machine reliability by leveraging proven 2D technology

Flexibility

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The ability to easily integrate into existing workflows including software, manufacturing and automation is essential to realize the ROI of additive manufacturing for production.  STEP is just that - a full solution architecture developed to ensure rapid time to market.

Toned Factory
  • Integrates with existing factory floor (ERP, PLM)
  • Full part and size customization capability
  • Extensible platform for production automation
  • Unconstrained geometry, no post-machining

Cost

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The market has been slow to adopt plastics additive manufacturing for production because part cost on par with injection molding has never been achievable. With Evolve Additive Solutions and our STEP technology that problem disappears.

  • Lowest AM cost per part available
  • Cost competitive with injection molding based on part size and packing density
  • Reduces overhead, inventory cost and streamlines supply chain
  • Reduces labor through autonomous production

Electro Photographic Selective Deposition
(Evolve)

First AM technology that combines the advantages of both AM and conventional manufacturing processes

Injection Molding
(IM)

Low cost with efficient, high production output rates

Part Quality
Yes
Yes
Engineering Grade Plastics
Yes
Yes
Speed (8 l. /hour)
Yes
Yes
Cost
Yes
Yes
Multi Materials
Yes
No
Part Complexity/ Customization
Yes
No

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