Canadian poised to repeat at Additive World Design for AM Challenge 2017

On February 13, 2017 Additive Industries announced the finalists of Additive World Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge 2017. Finalists include last years’ winner Cassidy Silbernagel from Calgary AB, representing the University of Nottingham.

Last years’ winning design was an innovative electric motor casing to fit into an existing crankshaft case of a regular motorcycle enabling electrification. Silbernagel’s design reduces eight parts to one lightweight component and integrated room for heat transfer and well-rounded wiring tunnels.

Motor casing

2016 winning design Electric motor casing

More about last years event here (

For this years’ contest designers were asked to tailor their designs, to eliminate manufacturing difficulties, reduce the number of parts, minimize assembly or lower logistics costs, often combined. Designs were submitted from all over the world including the US, the Netherlands, Germany, UK, Spain, India, Russia and Italy representing different sectors, advanced food processing, the aeronautics industry, automotive as well as high-tech.

“After seeing last year’s winning professional design, I was inspired to create a design which also had moving parts,” said Cassidy. This years submission is a redesigned additive manufactured carburettor for an internal combustion engine, Cassidy wanted to show an assembly of moving parts without normal assembly. It is extremely lightweight from the thin walls and self-supporting lattices.

Redesigned carburettor

Redesigned carburettor finalist for 2017 Challenge

The other finalists for the student category include the team Alliance from the Alliance University (Department of Aerospace Engineering, India) who integrated three key benefits of AM in test model manufacturing for a Supersonic Wind Tunnel: no tooling is required, costs effective for complex geometries, fast turnaround from design to part. The student from the Russian Federation, Boris Sokolov, optimised the design of an industrial robot arm with topology optimization. For more on this years event (

A graduate of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Calgary, Cassidy is in the UK currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Nottingham. He is researching the possibility of using AM in electric motors, specifically using AM to create coils/windings using a conductive metal like copper or aluminum and an insulating material like ceramic.

“I would ultimately like to bring this experience I’ve gained in AM and design for AM back to Canada so that it can become a world leader in the technology,” Cassidy offered.

Winners are to be announced on Wednesday March 15, during Additive World Awards Dinner in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.


Manufacturers Must Accelerate the Adoption of Advanced Technologies

Canadian Manufactures & Exporters (CME) along with its strategic partners, released Accelerating Adoption of Advanced Manufacturing, the second of five reports that provide detailed analysis and recommendations stemming from CME’s Industrie 2030 initiative aimed at doubling manufacturing output by 2030.

Manufacturing Matters:

  • Directly employs 1.7 million Canadians – 10 per cent of entire workforce
  • Directly and indirectly accounts 30 per cent of economic output and 27 per cent of all employment
  • Directly responsible for more than two-thirds of all exports

“For manufacturers to compete globally they must invest in new advanced technologies both in their products and their processes,” stated Mathew Wilson, Senior Vice President at CME. “For the Canadian economy, and the manufacturing sector to prosper, companies must invest in new machinery and equipment, and incorporate new digital technologies and advanced manufacturing capabilities into their operations. However, over the past several years investment has decreased as the sector has struggled with static output and exports.”

Based on research and consultation through the CME led Industrie 2030 initiative, Canadian manufacturers are not investing in advanced technologies. More than 60 per cent all respondents to CME’s survey stated they do not presently use advanced manufacturing technologies in their operations. And this is reflected directly in the statistics – manufacturing investment in machinery and equipment in Canada has fallen by nearly five per cent between 2009 and 2014, hitting a 30-year low in that year. In the US investment has risen by 58 per cent over the same time period. In fact, few industrialized countries have a worse record than Canada.

To accelerate the adoption of advanced manufacturing in Canada, we must:

  • Enhance depreciation rates and provide tax credits to encourage investment in advanced;
  • Establish manufacturing hubs and technology demonstration centres to showcase and test new advanced manufacturing technologies;
  • Expand all regional manufacturing technology investment support programs across the country; and,
  • Reinvest federal and provincial carbon-pricing revenues back into offsetting the cost of purchasing new technologies and machinery and equipment.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is rapidly changing the products that manufacturers are creating and how they are being created while reducing operating costs and improving environmental performance,” added Wilson. “Other countries have created national strategies around technology adoption, and it is critical that Canadian governments work closely with industry to help facilitate the adoption of these technologies and to grow our manufacturing sector. Without strong, coordinated actions, our manufacturing sector will continue to be left behind.”

To read the report, visit:

About Industrie 2030
Through its Industrie 2030 initiative, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) – Canada’s leading trade and industry association and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada -consulted more than 1,250 leading industry executives and conducted detailed research to define specific recommendations to overcome challenges and create a roadmap for the future of manufacturing, to strengthen its footprint across the country, and to drive growth, innovation, wealth creation and jobs. Core recommendations include:

  • Building a strong labour pool and skilled workforce;
  • Accelerating adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies;
  • Fostering innovation, commercialization and new product development;
  • Creating a competitive business environment in Canada; and
  • Increasing access to domestic ‎and foreign markets.

This report is the second detailed report of the five core recommendations. Earlier reports, including the summary analysis and recommendations are available at
For more information, contact:
Marie Morden
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Tel: (613) 355-8819

AMM partners with the UNB and CanmetMaterials for hybrid builds in additive manufacturing

Toronto based Additive Metal Manufacturing (AMM) partnering with the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and CanmetMaterials is validating hybrid builds for diecasting and injection molding applications. A hybrid build is an innovative technique where subtractive and additive processes are combined to achieve maximum economic advantage.

Machined Hybrid part

Machined Hybrid part

“Cooperative projects that increase capability and value to Canada’s additive manufacturing supply chain is a win for the whole country,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes.

The hybrid build process offers considerable cost benefit where the functioning part of an insert is smaller than the non-functional part and the cost of building the larger portion using additive technology can be expensive. A hybrid build is good for any application where molten substance is injected into dies and thermal issues are causing part warpage and lengthy cool down cycles.

Hybrid build

Hybrid build

Using its EOS M290, AMM is successfully combining different metals and incorporating conformal cooling channels in the additive portion of hybrids and achieving unprecedented results. Conformal cooling allows major reductions in cycle times, scrap and warpage of parts by lowering operating temperatures previously unattainable through traditional means. Lower operating temperatures also have the added benefit of longer tool life.

Mechanical and metallurgical validation testing of the hybrid builds is carried out in collaboration with the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and CanmetMaterials in Hamilton.

AMM announces two new certifications.
AMM recently received both their ISO 9001 certificate and their Controlled Goods certification allowing them to penetrate further into Tier 1 manufacturers.

About the AMM

AMM is a progressive, productive and respected leader providing integrated and advanced manufacturing technology solutions within the emerging market for Additive Manufacturing ensuring that our industrial partners have the best opportunity to excel and Take Back Manufacturing for Canada.

About University of New Brunswick
The faculty of engineering at the University of New Brunswick has been preparing graduates for success in their engineering careers since 1854, when UNB was the first university in Canada to introduce an engineering program.

UNB graduates have gone on to help design and build bridges, make cleaner fuels and next-generation wireless communications tools. Researchers at the faculty are developing technologies to help improve satellite imagery used by Google Earth and the Canadian Department of National Defence. Others are in helping develop biofuels and renewable energy.

About CanmetMATERIALS (Natural Resources Canada)
CanmetMATERIALS is the largest research centre in Canada dedicated fabricating, processing and evaluating metals and materials. Scientific and technical staff in Hamilton and Calgary research and develop materials solutions for Canadian industry in the energy, transportation and metal-manufacturing sectors.


IDC report reveals additive manufacturing adoption barriers facing companies

European Aerospace and Healthcare Industries Leading 3D Printing Adoption for Finished Part Manufacturing but Still Facing Long List of Adoption Barriers, Says IDC.

The International Data Corporation (IDC) has released findings from a recent survey that involved European aerospace and healthcare companies that have adopted 3D printing technologies into their workflow. According to the survey, companies in France, Germany, Italy, and the UK are leading the way in the adoption of additive manufacturing for finished products. And while the survey findings reveal the ways in which 3D printing is being successfully used in the aerospace and healthcare markets, they also point to many challenges that companies are still facing in fully integrating the manufacturing technology.

First, let’s take a look at the good. The companies surveyed highlighted some of the key draws of adopting 3D printing technologies for the production of finished parts. Namely, 3D printing has provided a manufacturing alternative that allows for lighter, more complex structures to be made; it has enabled short run production cycles (also helping to cut back on costs); and it can offer more flexibility to manufacturers compared to molding or subtractive manufacturing processes.

Not only providing an alternative to existing manufacturing processes, however, 3D printing has also allowed for wholly new parts to be created that would be impossible to make using traditional manufacturing methods. Complex parts that can be printed in a single go, for instance, would require numerous components and joint reinforcements to make otherwise, making them heavier or simply unfeasible.

Example of complex 3D printed part

Of course, there are still a number of areas in which 3D printing technologies can be improved (and are being improved upon regularly!). Through the survey, the IDC was able to identify a number of these areas, where companies still have reservations about the potentials of 3D printing technologies. They are: materials, hardware, knowledge, lack of industry-specific solutions, and regulatory compliance.

In terms of materials, the companies suggested that the currently limited range of 3D printing materials was one of the main inhibiting factors for adopting additive manufacturing in the aerospace and healthcare sectors. They said that the properties of existing polymers often fail to meet industry requirements, while metal 3D printing materials are still limited and often too expensive for regular use.

3D printing hardware was also cited as a challenge for the companies, who found that to comply with accelerating production demands, 3D printers would need to become faster and larger. According to the survey, reliability and maintenance of 3D printers were also significant inhibiting factors, with many of those surveyed citing downtimes of over 25%.

Metal powder for 3D printing

The third point, knowledge, is also notable, as companies found the lack of internal 3D printing knowledge to be a challenge in the adoption of 3D printing technologies… more 

International Data Corporation (IDC)



Canada Makes Welcomes AP&C as its Newest Leadership-Level Partner

Canada Makes is pleased to announce Montreal based AP&C Advanced Powders and Coatings Inc., part of Arcam Group, is joining Canada Makes. AP&C is a world-leading producer of advanced metal powders from titanium and other reactive or high melting point alloys such as nickel superalloys and niobium.AP&C

“Canada is fortunate to have a member company like AP&C investing in the future of additive manufacturing, Canada Makes welcomes their expertise,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “We look forward to working with AP&C in helping to develop Canada’s additive manufacturing sector and keep growing our supply chain.”

AP&C products are designed for additive manufacturing and other powder metallurgy techniques. The high purity and exceptional flowability make their powders reliable and easy to use for additive manufacturing.

This past October AP&C broke ground on a new plant in Boisbriand Quebec specializing in plasma atomized metal powders for Additive Manufacturing. The $31 million investment will create 106 new jobs in the next three years, on top of 85 people currently employed.

Canada Makes expects the worldwide market for advanced powders like titanium to increase exponentially and see opportunity for Canada’s advanced powder makers to become the world leaders in new products and production.

About AP&C
AP&C is the world leader in the production of titanium powder for additive manufacturing. The Company is ISO 9001 and AS 9100 certified and has currently 130 employees. The Company has a production plant in Boisbriand (Canada) and is building a new plant in St-Eustache (Canada).

About Arcam Group
Arcam Group provides cost-efficient Additive Manufacturing solutions for production of metal components. Arcam’s Electron Beam Melting (EBM®) technology offers design freedom combined with excellent material properties and high productivity. Arcam is, through its solution orientation and comprehensive product offering, an innovative partner for advanced manufacturing, primarily for the aerospace and medical industries. Arcam offers EBM systems through Arcam AB in Sweden, powder metals through AP&C in Canada and implant contract manufacturing through DiSanto in the U.S.The company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and the Head Office is located in Mölndal, Sweden.

About Canada Makes
Canada Makes, a Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) initiative, is Canada’s leading network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of additive manufacturing. Canada Makes is the voice for Canada’s AM sector and is the leading industry collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology adoption.



Boeing reveals its ISS ‘space taxi’ will use over 600 3D-printed parts when it blasts off next year

  • Boeing has hired company to make 600 3D-printed parts for Starliner space taxi
  • Oxford’s parts will help Boeing lower costs and save weight on the 7-seat capsule
  • The move is strategic bet that printed plastics can perform under extreme stress
  • These stresses include rocket launch and sub-zero temperatures of space

By REUTERS – Boeing Co has hired a small company to make about 600 3D-printed parts for its Starliner space taxis, meaning key components in the United States manned space program are being built with additive manufacturing.

The company, privately held Oxford Performance Materials, will announce a $10 million strategic investment from advanced materials company Hexcel Corp as early as Friday, adding to $15 million Hexcel invested in May and lifting Hexcel’s equity stake to 16.1 percent, Oxford and Hexcel said.

Boeing’s award of the parts for its flagship space program and Hexcel’s funding are strategic bets that printed plastics can perform flawlessly even under the extreme stress of a rocket launch and sub-zero temperatures of space. 

Boeing Co has hired a small company to make about 600 3D-printed parts for its Starliner space taxis, meaning key components in the United States manned space program are being built with additive manufacturing

Boeing Co has hired a small company to make about 600 3D-printed parts for its Starliner space taxis, meaning key components in the United States manned space program are being built with additive manufacturing


The Starliner is part of NASA’s operational Commercial Crew mission to bring astronauts to the International Space Station.

It will be launched from a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, and manned tests are set to begin in 2018.

The missions will be able to take up to four astronauts at a time, with Eric Boe, Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley and Sunni Williams now in training.

They offer further evidence of a shift in 3D printing from making prototypes to commercial production of high-grade parts for space ships, aircraft engines and other critical equipment.

Oxford’s parts will help Boeing lower costs and save weight on each seven-seat capsule, compared with traditional metal and plastic manufacturing, Larry Varholak, president of Oxford’s aerospace business, said in an interview.

‘What really makes it valuable to NASA and Boeing is this material is as strong as aluminum at significantly less weight,’ he said.

Boeing said the weight savings on Oxford’s parts is about 60 percent compared with traditional manufacturing.

Boeing is building three Starliner capsules under a $4.2 billion NASA contract. Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX is building a competing capsule under a $2.6 billion NASA contract.

Oxford has already shipped parts for the Starliner. The plastic it uses, known as PEKK, also resists fire and radiation, according to Oxford.

Oxford's parts will help Boeing lower costs and save weight on each seven-seat capsule, compared with traditional metal and plastic manufacturing, Larry Varholak, president of Oxford's aerospace business, said in an interview

Oxford’s parts will help Boeing lower costs and save weight on each seven-seat capsule, compared with traditional metal and plastic manufacturing, Larry Varholak, president of Oxford’s aerospace business, said in an interview



Museums are using virtual reality to preserve the past

Virtual history. Cyark/Wikimedia Commons, CC BYBy Jenny Kidd, Cardiff University. Cultural institutions are steeped in history and tradition, but they are also uniquely placed to take advantage of some of the latest technology. Drones, 3D printing and augmented reality apps are just some of the tools being used to construct “virtual museum” experiences for real and digital visitors. While these technologies open up new and exciting possibilities for curators, they also provoke resistance around the issues of authenticity, ownership and value.

There are currently a number of projects under way that explore how historically or culturally significant sites and objects can be presented using digital means. For instance, museums around the world are investigating the possibilities offered by 3D printers to extend and further examine their collections in a form where detail can be magnified and destruction is far less consequential.

Meanwhile, the EU’s Digiart project will be using drones to “capture” inaccessible cultural artefacts, before creating advanced 3D representations of them. And Cyark is creating a free online 3D library of the world’s cultural heritage sites, using a combination of lasers and computer modelling.

Internet of historical things?

According to Digiart, one result of this might be an “Internet of Historical Things”: one where immersive 3D story worlds become a genuine possibility for historical encounters.

The Smithsonian offer an online Panoramic Virtual Tour, as do the Louvre and the V&A Museum of Childhood. Augmented reality applications are a feature of many sites of archaeological significance

It is not uncommon to find museums rendered in Minecraft, lovingly built brick-by-brick by an invisible crowd of tech-savvy fans, as in the British Museum’s Museumcraft, or the shortlisted IK prize entry Tatecraft. Digital media are also impacting the analogue museum experience profoundly, perhaps most playfully evidenced in the world’s first selfie museum, Life in Island, where, unlike some cultural venues, selfie sticks are welcome.

Tatecraft creator Adam Clarke explains his idea.

One question to consider is whether the extension of this activity into the realm of play and the imagination alienates us further from the authentic “aura” of the original, undermining it, devaluing it, or perhaps even exposing its limitations. The rhetoric of authenticity has traditionally been key to the way heritage experiences are packaged and sold to us. Yet “authenticity” is not an objective value – it is always ascribed to (say) an object or a work of art, by some authority.

Museums often recognise this – and have engaged in active exploration of the limits of the authentic. The Museum of Art Fakes in Germany is a prime example, as is the recent Museum of Lies initiative from Incidental and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Museums have begun to embrace the possibilities of “remix culture”, offering high-resolution artworks (for example) for re-use and circulation. The Rijksmuseum’s Rijksstudio is a beautifully crafted example of how this can work in practice. In my own research, I tend to find the public demonstrate more conservative attitudes than the conservators to such developments… more



Astronauts can’t take everything they need with them on a long space mission. Now they can use 3D printers to make personalized medical supplies on demand in space!

Image courtesy of Julielynn Wong, M.D.

Credit: NASA


On Jan. 11, the first medical supplies were 3D printed off Earth.  Hand injuries are common medical problems for astronauts. But it wasn’t possible to make custom-fitted splints for astronauts during a space mission until now.

Julielynn Wong, M.D.

Dr. Julielynn Wong

Dr. Julielynn Wong, a medical doctor, scientist, and founder of 3D4MD, a social enterprise that makes 3D printable medical supplies, showed that you can 3D print a custom mallet finger splint for an astronaut by using (1) a laser hand scan saved from the fitting process for spacesuit gloves, (2) free software, and (3) a solar-powered 3D printer.

The 3D4MD team designed one splint with a star pattern to highlight that it was made amongst the stars.  Both splint models were designed to be worn without a velcro strap in case this item is not readily available during a space mission or on Earth.

Mallet finger injuries are common hand injuries on Earth.  Improperly treated mallet finger injuries can lead to permanent crippling hand deformities.  Research indicates that the best way to treat mallet finger injuries is to use custom-fitted, handmade splints.  Sadly, there is a global shortage of skilled healthcare workers who can make these custom-fitted splints, especially in rural communities.

Dr. Wong’s global team of Medical Makers are developing a way to use cellphones to scan patients and 3D print custom mallet splints on-site using recycled plastic and solar-powered 3D printers.  This could save time and money and improve health outcomes for the 45% of the world’s population who live in rural areas and who lack access to healthcare.
3D4MD’s innovative project shows how advancing space medicine can also enhance healthcare here on Earth, at home and abroad.  This project was 100% funded by revenue from keynote speeches, workshops, and 3D printing consulting services provided by 3D4MD, a social enterprise that is building a digital library of crowd-sourced, quality-tested, 3D printable solutions for unlimited humanitarian use.
For further information, please contact Dr. Julielynn Wong at 416.519.4846 or or watch a short news video here!



Over $32 million investment by GoC for the University of Waterloo

Waterloo, Ontario – The Government of Canada is investing $32.64 million for a total combined investment of nearly $88 million in the University of Waterloo. The funding was announced by the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

Canada’s Innovation Agenda aims to make this country a global centre for innovation—one that creates jobs, drives growth across all industries and improves the lives of all Canadians. This investment exemplifies that vision in action.

The university will use the funding for the construction of a new state-of-the-art research and engineering building, to be known as Engineering 7. The new building will house more than 40 labs to support research in emerging areas such as additive manufacturing, autonomous vehicles and robotics, biomedical engineering, and the Internet of Things.

Funding for this $88-million project includes:

  • $32.64 million from the Government of Canada;
  • $18.86 million from the University of Waterloo; and
  • $36.5 million from private sector donors.

In total, universities and colleges throughout Ontario will receive more than $1.9 billion from the Government of Canada, the provincial government, the institutions themselves and private donors. Federal funding will be allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which will enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities.


“This historic investment by the Government of Canada is a down payment on the government’s vision to position Canada as a global centre for innovation. That means making Canada a world leader in turning ideas into solutions, science into technologies, skills into middle-class jobs and start-up companies into global successes.”

– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“Investments like these will support our world-class researchers and position Canada as a global leader in research excellence and innovation. Through the Strategic Investment Fund, we are providing Canada’s students with the education and training they need to join a strong, healthy middle class.”

– The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism

“As our province continues to build a competitive, robust economy, we need to ensure we enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses to offer our students the opportunities they need to succeed in the innovation economy. Through the funding announced today, the University of Waterloo will be building over 40 new labs that will provide students in Waterloo Region with high-demand programs in advanced manufacturing, robotics and biomedical engineering.”

– The Honourable Kathryn McGarry, Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

“This important project will give University of Waterloo students access to 40 new labs to support research and innovation. We know that providing access to high-quality education and training facilities is critical to building the highly skilled workforce we need to support good jobs and economic growth for today and tomorrow. This investment will help us to achieve that goal.”

– Daiene Vernile, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener Centre

“Since its founding 60 years ago, the University of Waterloo has been doing things differently. The Engineering 7 building is a prime example of Waterloo’s unconventional, creative, innovative thinking. It will be home to world-leading talent and research, continuing to expand the impact of disruptive technologies that will help to put Canada at the forefront of the global economy.”

– Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario are providing more than $950 million for research infrastructure at institutions across Ontario. The University of Waterloo has been awarded $32.64 million by the federal government for the construction of its new Engineering 7 building.
  • This investment supports Canada’s Innovation Agenda, which is designed to ensure our country is globally competitive in promoting research, translating ideas into new products and services, accelerating business growth and propelling entrepreneurs from the start-up phase to international success.
  • The Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund supports the Government of Canada’s climate change objectives by encouraging sustainable and green infrastructure projects.

New Weekend Master of Engineering Management Program at UWindsor to benefit Professionals in Manufacturing

The University of Windsor has launched a weekend Master of Engineering Management program that can help manufacturing professionals advance their careers.Windsor

As Ontario’s only weekend engineering management degree, the two-year program — offered by the Faculty of Engineering in partnership with the Odette School of Business — prepares graduates for leadership roles in multinational engineering and technical enterprises.

The UWindsor MEM program offers foundations in manufacturing, operations, project and supply chain management in addition to entrepreneurship and innovation. The weekend program was designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals.

“The majority of people who make it to the top of a company are the ones who have the elements of business and engineering combined,” said Majid Ahmadi, associate dean of engineering research and graduate studies. “That’s why we feel this program is going to be an enabling program that prepares engineers to run, lead or setup a business.”

UWindsor welcomed the inaugural class last September. Applications for fall 2017 intake will be accepted until May 1, 2017.

“We received more than 100 applications, so we can tell this is a much-needed program,” said MEM program coordinator Prof. Ali AbdulHussein.

Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech, a professional engineer who has co-founded three technology-based businesses, will guide UWindsor MEM students through the innovation process and help them link industry, academia and policymakers. She believes the program will help students navigate the insecure work environment of today’s world.

For more information about the MEM program, please visit

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