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Kodak moves into 3D with new partnership

The new partnership between Kodak and Minnesota-based company Evolve Additive Solutions aims to bring electrophotographic technology and additive manufacturing together.

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Evolve is developing technology that will ‘radically improve manufacturing’

Evolve has developed a technology called STEP (Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process), which is the firm’s proprietary 3D printing technology for additive manufacturing, launching in 2020. Kodak, using its experience with electrophotographic technology, will support Evolve with its development as well as supplying imaging systems, parts and consumables. 

“We are very encouraged by the opportunity to expand our electrophotographic platform capabilities outside of 2D imaging to the 3D printing or additive manufacturing sector,” says John O’Grady, president print systems division at Kodak. “Having worked closely with the talented staff of engineers working on the STEP technology for several years, we are confident Evolve will help change the way the organisations approach production of plastic parts for manufacturing.”

... we are confident Evolve will help change the way the organisations approach production of plastic parts for manufacturing

The partnership will see Evolve utilise Kodak’s NEXPRESS platform, which allows flexible printing capabilities that can be leveraged for additive manufacturing. Evolve will also utilise a toner manufacturing process from Kodak for its own system.

“Creating a strong technology partnership with Kodak is an important element in the development of STEP,” says Steve Chillscyzn, chief executive officer at Evolve Additive Solutions. “The selection of the Kodak systems and technology for STEP allows us to deliver to the market a highly reliable solution, based on a proven engine that is recognised as one of the most productive printing systems in the world.

“By working with Kodak, we have a technology and a collaborative relationship that will not only allow us to get to market quickly, but we will have the throughput expansion to grow as we push STEP capabilities into the future.”

Both companies have signed Joint Development Agreements for equipment and materials to allow full collaboration on the development.

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