4th SMART PO Proposers’ Day


Thursday 5th November (10:00 CET)


If you have an Innovative Project Idea on Advanced Manufacturing and you want to form an International Consortium to develop it, come and join us at the online event we are organising on the 5th of November.

You will be able to meet people from
– Industry; both Large Companies & SMEs
– Academia
– Research Centres
that will help you form the perfect consortium to submit a successful project proposal.

Why to participate?
– Showcase your most favourable projects
– Initiate cross-border contacts and cooperation
– Find new commercial/technological/research partners
– Get latest information on Advanced Manufacturing findings
– Present, discuss and develop new R&D&I projects
– Get to know your project submission schedule and learn how to build successful SMART Projects
Share your project ideas – Find partners

During the event, you will have the chance to share your project idea in the pitching session we are organising. If you want to, please follow the next steps:
1. Download and fill in the template
2. Send the document to
3. We will publish it in our Website
4. We will contact you to organise everything so that you can pitch your project idea during the PO Proposers’ Day

B2B meetings

After the event on the 5th of November, our B2B meeting tool will be available until the 13th of November. This way you will be able to easily schedule your B2B meetings and find the right partners to form your consortium.  If you want to know more about how it works, check the PO Proposers’ Day website.
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Canada Makes AMAB: Call for Expression of Interest

CME is seeking interested parties to participate as part of the Canada Makes Additive Manufacturing Advisory Board (AMAB).  The Board’s main purpose is to assist CME staff to develop a national strategy and propose targeted initiatives to implement towards the objective of supporting, promoting and informing on the adoption and development of Additive Manufacturing (AM) in Canada.

We have an opportunity to form the next chapter of Canada Makes and Additive Manufacturing in Canada.  Participation from Additive Manufacturing organizations and Canada’s Additive Manufacturing experts will drive Canada forward in this sector.

Expressions of Interest will be accepted up to December 31, 2019.  If you have previously participated on the AMAB, please indicate your interest to continue. 


Curtis Pastorius
Technical Lead, Canada Makes Program
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
1400-67 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON  M5E 1J8
c: 905-517-7989 |

CME Canada Makes at Formnext 2019

Just two weeks ago Canada Makes led another Trade Mission to Formnext in Frankfurt, Germany.   Participating this year were 9 delegates from Canadian organizations; Precision ADM, CMQ, NRC, AON3D, and Red River College.

We met with global experts in additive materials, equipment, software, post processing and product design.  Thank you to the following companies for hosting our coordinated meetings;  AddUp, Polyshape, German Trade and Invest, SLM, Fraunhofer, Leichtbau Light Weighting Association, Tekna, GE, EOS, FIT, and Hendrik Taulin from the Embassy of Canada.    Formnext is the leading exhibition on additive manufacturing and industrial 3D Printing and we could see that by the incredible scope of applications presented in the show.

The Canada Makes Trade Mission provides opportunity to connect with international additive manufacturing leaders and to develop strong connections with fellow delegates.   For Canadian companies the trade missions also open new doors, gain new contacts and technical insight into these advanced markets.


  • 852 Exhibitors – 9 Canadian – 36 total nations represented
  • 34532 Visitors – 99 nations represented
  • Four floors of exhibition space
  • Approximately half of the Exhibitors and Visitors were international


Curtis Pastorius
Technical Lead, Canada Makes Program
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
1400-67 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON  M5E 1J8
c: 905-517-7989 |

2019 3D Challenge Winner: Shreya Patki

Canada Makes was honoured to present Shreya Patki from University of Windsor her award for 1st place finish in the 2019 3D Challenge.

Below is an excerpt from her Business Case:

This is a finger-hand brace design that helps people with EDS, the elderly and others who need joint support and help with fine motor movement. The mainbrace design is based on the design of a ‘pill bug’. The pieces overlap each other so that the pieces resist backward finger movement yet allow for the fingers to curl. Beyond this basic concept, a feature that has been incorporated is the reconfigurability between only a finger brace and whole hand brace using only a couple extra bands and a wrist piece. This helps provide extra support when needed. The use of 3D printing allows for complicated patterns (as seen on the wrist piece) unlike braces currently available. As well, using additive manufacturing reduces the amount of time, waste and is more sustainable way to produce this design rather than using conventional manufacturing. Overall, this design is functional, affordable, and environmentally friendly.

Read Shreya project here!

Congratulations Shreya and we look forward to our new submissions for the 2020 3D Challenge to be announced soon. 

The Canadian Rocketry Revolution

Written by Adam Trumpour, Concept Designer at Pratt & Whitney Canada, Owner and Rocket Propulsion Researcher at AT Aerospace, and founder and president of Launch Canada (

“Rocket Science”. 50 years after those first footsteps on the Moon, this phrase is still immediately evocative of something almost unimaginably challenging: something demanding of the most uncompromising skill and excellence. Here in Canada, we have had our space technology niches that we excel in, but true “rocket science”, that is to say the engineering of the vehicles that enable access to space and the propulsion systems that power them, has not been among them.

Yet over the last several years, a remarkable thing has been happening. Internationally, entrepreneurial companies such as SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin and Rocket Lab have been rising to prominence and disrupting the space launch industry, leveraging new ideas about how to build an aerospace company, new manufacturing technologies, small, nimble teams and a mindset more traditionally associated with Silicon Valley than aerospace. They’re building and launching rockets for lower cost than ever before and disrupting an industry that was once the domain of global superpowers and massive prime contractors. One such company, Rocket Lab, is even doing this in New Zealand, a nation with a population less than the Greater Toronto Area and almost no established aerospace industry. Clearly the landscape has shifted.

Unfortunately, Canada has been slow to catch on. For far too long, we’ve been held back by a very self-limiting mindset that says “we’re too small; we need to stick to what we’ve always done”. This is the very sort of attitude that causes us to fail to recognize new opportunities, fail to perceive that the world is changing around us, and fail to respond to that change.

Yet under the radar to most Canadians, a rapidly growing movement has sprung up right across the country. It’s being driven by students and grassroots innovators (and a smattering of professionals as well) who are inspired by what they see happening elsewhere at innovative companies like SpaceX and the vast potential and opportunity it represents, and are no longer satisfied with being told that they can’t do that here.

Where just a few years ago there was almost nothing, today there are around 20 university rocket teams right across the country, representing nearly 1000 active students. All are building sophisticated vehicles and pushing the technological envelope in everything from advanced composite structures and supersonic aerodynamics to liquid rocket propulsion and additively manufactured high performance rocket engines. And they are dominating at major international competitions. At the world’s largest student rocket competition, the Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico, Canadian teams regularly take home the top awards in spite of making up less than 15% of the entrants in the competition. What’s more, this level of excellence has been consistent. Talk about punching above our weight – all this in an area of space technology and cutting-edge manufacturing that, supposedly, “we don’t do here”!

Building on this demonstrated passion and exceptional talent, four Canadian teams are even participating in the Base 11 Space Challenge, a $1 million US competition to become the first university team to successfully design, build and launch a liquid-propellant rocket all the way to space: 100 km altitude. This is by far the most advanced, most challenging student design competition ever undertaken, and this past June, two of those Canadian teams placed in the top 5 in North America in the design phase of the competition, as voted by judges from industry leaders like SpaceX and Blue Origin.

Yet there remains a serious disconnect. In spite of all this raw passion and demonstrated world-class talent, there have been few avenues of support for them in their home country. Canada has not yet caught on to the incredible potential they represent, and they frequently don’t even have the opportunity to launch their more advanced rockets here. Far too often, they are forced to either abandon their passion, or leave the country to pursue opportunities abroad. We are losing some of our brightest, most talented and motivated individuals due to a lack of support and opportunity.

When there is this much raw passion and demonstrated talent, yet virtually no support to help it thrive, it points to a serious disconnect. We want to consider ourselves a nation of innovators, but innovation does not happen in a vacuum. It emerges most reliably when you have an ecosystem that is conducive to it, that cultivates opportunities to develop practical skills and supports those with the passion and talent to do great things.

As I write this, work is underway to create the inaugural Launch Canada rocket innovation challenge ( , the first-ever major Canadian rocket competition that aims to finally give Canada’s student rocketeers an outlet to pursue their activities here in Canada, take them to the next level, learn, collaborate and compete. At the same time it will provide a highly visible showcase of the kind of Canadian engineering excellence that they’ve been repeatedly demonstrating internationally but until now has been largely unseen at home. Major emphases of this competition will be design, development and testing of novel rocket-related technologies and components, and entrepreneurial thinking about the potential applications and business cases.

Collaboration and partnership are key pillars of this initiative: bringing together these students with professionals from industry, government and the investment community who can give them guidance and support; and creating win-win situations for everyone involved. And central to this is advanced manufacturing.

Rocketry, whether amateur or professional, is at its core an exercise in high-skill advanced manufacturing optimized for weight and cost. Additive manufacturing, advanced composites, exotic materials and joining processes combine with conventional machining and fabricating to enable the amazing feats of cutting-edge rocket companies like SpaceX. Metal additive manufacturing processes, for example, have become key enablers for complex liquid rocket engine designs that operate at extremes of temperature and pressure, and lightweight fluid controls for these systems. Helping Canada’s students and rocket innovators to access and leverage these processes will enable them to turn their passion and ingenuity into real hardware, build the skills that will help them become tomorrow’s leaders in Canadian industry, and even lay the groundwork for new aerospace technologies and companies.

At the same time, students and amateurs fueled by passion for the technology have the freedom to pursue genuinely novel designs and concepts with higher technical risk than traditional aerospace companies would be willing to assume, and at far lower cost than a company could achieve. While this risk has been a major roadblock to the adoption of novel manufacturing techniques like additive in cutting-edge aerospace applications, student rocketeers are able to fully embrace it and provide the kind of real-world testing, hardware demonstration and manufacturing process qualification in the most demanding of applications that can help refine manufacturing processes and accelerate their adoption in industry. After all, 3D printing a complex part is one thing, but proving that part in the extreme environment of a rocket engine is a vastly more effective demonstration of the process.

We’re creating Launch Canada because we’ve seen the talent and the potential of these grassroots rocketeers, but to truly unleash it, we need your help. We have skilled, driven young “rocket scientists” across this country who believe in what they’re doing and where they can take it. It’s high time we as a nation started supporting them and showing them that we truly believe in their potential to achieve amazing things, right here in Canada.

If supporting and tapping into this extraordinary and rapidly growing rocket science talent and helping to grow this nascent new high-tech industrial segment sounds intriguing; if you share in our belief in the limitless potential of Canadian talent and our excitement in helping it to thrive, I invite you to get in touch and help us #LaunchTheNorth!

Canada Makes, Burloak and MDA team up to create innovative satellite antenna parts

Canada Makes is a division of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), currently delivering a federal program that supports manufacturing advancement initiatives. Burloak Technologies Inc. of Oakville Ontario is the Additive Manufacturing (AM) division of SAMUEL. MDA, a Maxar company, has operations across Canada, including in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, which develops and manufactures satellite antennas and communications subsystems. These three organizations recently partnered to produce 3D-printed titanium and aluminum parts for satellite antenna applications. The projects they undertook validate that AM technology provides accelerated and cost-effective solutions for making space parts. One advantage is that AM allows designers to consolidate into “one item” a sub-assembly that would traditionally be comprised of multiple parts (including part flanges, fasteners and assembly effort for putting them together). Consequently, the single piece allows for smaller packages, mass savings and designs that could not otherwise be conceptualized with the limitations of conventional/computer numerical control (CNC) manufacturing technologies.

Canada Makes enabled, with funding from the National Research Council (NRC) through its Metal Additive Demonstration program, the manufacturing development and build of the following two parts at Burloak Technologies:

3D Printed Titanium HRM Bracket (7 ¼” x 6 ¾” x 3 ½”)

3D Printed Aluminum Quad-Antenna (3” x 1 ½” x 2 ¾”)

For the Titanium Antenna Hold Down and Release Mechanism (HRM) bracket, the approach was to take a conventionally/CNC-machined part and build it using AM techniques without making any changes to the design. The goal was first to ascertain if it was indeed printable, and to also measure the time and cost savings of AM compared to conventional/CNC machining approach.

For the Aluminum Quad-Antenna, the objectives were to minimize wall thickness to make the part as compact and as light as possible, to obtain as-printed smooth walls to minimize RF losses, and to establish compensation techniques to cancel-out the 1G sagging effect of unsupported 45° ceilings during printing.

Through this Canada Makes initiative, MDA and Burloak were able to successfully prove that AM of the titanium HRM bracket resulted in cost and schedule savings in the order of 40%. Similarly, MDA and Burloak successfully proved that the aluminum Quad-Antenna was printable with smooth surfaces (64 micro-inch), thin walls (as low as 0.012”) and with the ability to compensate for the 1G effect on 45° unsupported ceilings.

“This is yet another example of how additive manufacturing is transforming how satellite parts are being manufactured,” said Eric Amyotte, MDA Vice President, Antennas and Electronic Products. “These parts were 3D printed by Burloak and then tested by MDA. Canada Makes is definitely helping to fast-track the acceptance of AM for space application.”

“One of the objectives of the Canada Makes program is to stimulate the Canadian additive manufacturing industry, and the two highlighted successful projects definitely promote the use of AM,” said John Rodic, Program Manager at Canada Makes.

The Metal Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Program is delivered by Canada Makes through funding by the NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP). The program is designed to increase Canadian industry’s awareness and assist in their understanding of the advantages of metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology. Canada Makes works with a group of AM experts who provide guidance to participating companies with respect to the advantages, business opportunities, cost savings and efficiencies of AM.

About MDA
MDA is an internationally-recognized leader in space robotics, space sensors, satellite payloads, antennas and subsystems, surveillance and intelligence systems, defence and maritime systems, and geospatial radar imagery. MDA’s extensive space expertise and heritage translates into mission-critical defence and commercial applications that include multi-platform command, control and surveillance systems, aeronautical information systems, land administration systems and terrestrial robotics. MDA is also a leading supplier of actionable mission-critical information and insights derived from multiple data sources. Founded in 1969, MDA is recognized as one of Canada’s most successful technology ventures with locations in Richmond, Ottawa, Brampton, Montreal, Halifax and the United Kingdom. MDA is a Maxar company (TSX: MAXR) (NYSE: MAXR). For more information visit and

About Burloak
A leader in the additive manufacturing industry, Burloak Technologies provides engineering and designs for additive manufacturing, materials development, high precision CNC machining, post-processing and metrology. Burloak is a supplier to leading aerospace, space and energy companies and is registered to AS9100D, ISO9001 and is Canada Controlled Goods Approved. Burloak Technologies is a division of Samuel. For more information, visit

About Samuel
Founded in 1855, Samuel, Son & Co. is a family-owned and operated integrated network of metal manufacturing, processing and distribution divisions. With over 5,000 employees and 100+ facilities, Samuel provides seamless access to metals, industrial products and related value-added services. Supporting over 40,000 customers, we leverage our industry expertise, breadth of experience and the passion of our people to help drive success for North American business – one customer at a time. For more information, visit

Canada Makes 3D Challenge 2018-19


Canada Makes is again offering its Pan-Canadian 3D Printing Design Challenge for postsecondary students enrolled in a Canadian college or university. Winners to be announced in the Spring of 2019.

Canada Makes 3D Challenge Trophy

Lisa Brock and Yanli Zou of the University of Waterloo are now part of the Canada Makes trophy’s history

Last year’s challenge was “Design solutions for a sustainable future” and is again this year. Five finalist from last year’s challenge each received $1,000 for their design. Learn more about the designs at Canada Makes announces finalists for its 3D Challenge.

The adoption of digital manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing requires new approaches to skills and training focused on building experiential and collaborative learning. To foster this objective, the Canada Makes 3D Challenge will challenge university/college teams to design a part and compete for a full one-year paid internship from a Burloak Technologies and cash prizes.

Theme: Design solutions for a sustainable future

Description: Additive manufacturing is empowering new ways to re-think design and fabrication through innovative materials, optimized structures and enhanced functionality. There is currently a drive to think about how our society is changing in the wake of population growth and sustainability concerns. Canada Makes invites student designers to participate in the 3D Design Competition with a focus on creating innovative tools or products that reduce our environmental footprint using additive manufacturing in tandem with conventional manufacturing approaches.

Such examples include (and are not limited to):

  • lightweight structures or new designs of automotive or aerospace components that reduce overall weight and fuel consumption
  • innovative components that optimize fuel or energy consumption
  • energy harvesting devices with innovative features
  • multi-purpose objects that simplify everyday life and reduce waste
  • wearable tools or objects that enhance mobility efficiency and reduce waste

Phase I – Students who wish to participate must pre-register by November 30, 2018 indicating their intent to submit a final design.

Phase II – Participants will submit a design based on the provided criteria. These designs will be analyzed and evaluated via simulation with the top finalists announced, recognized and awarded their cash prize. Deadline for submissions is February 22, 2019.

Phase III – The top five finalists will have their design fabricated and tested, and will be invited to either make a live or video presentation and have a chance at more prizes including a chance at a one-year paid internship at Burloak Technologies.


The Student/Team (no more than 3 students per team) will submit the following by February 22, 2019:

  • Cover sheet
  • 150 word description/summary
  • STL files and source files from any CAD program
  • An image of the current product design (if applicable) and a detailed description of the changes
  • Business case (800 word):
  • Justification of the product redesign, value added as measured by reduced
  • Time to produce
  • Cost impact
  • Sustainability
  • Energy consumption or renewable energy generation
  • Reduced materials
  • Promoting green design
  • Participants should define the unmet need in society or explain the waste in current solutions
  • Precisely what is being proposed
  • Why it is am improvement over existing products

Judges will choose the top 5 finalists and Canada Makes will arrange to fabricate their designs to be showcased at a final event in the spring of 2019. The finalist/teams will receive a cash prize and a chance at a one-year paid internships at Burloak Technologies.

The Challenge will have clear winning criteria and be judged on the merit of their application.

Submitted designs will be evaluated via simulation, and the top five designs will be selected for fabrication and testing based on the required criteria. The winning entries will best satisfy all of the performance criteria.

Eligibility Rules and Submission Guidelines

Terms of Acceptance

Responsibility for Submission



Featured Panel “Machining Challenges in an Additive World”

The Panel will be part of the McGill AM event “Top Business Applications for Additive Manufacturing” February 27, 2019

This coming February 27 is the additive manufacturing event “Top Business Applications of Additive Manufacturing” at McGill in Montreal. Réseau Québec-3D (RQ3D), Canada Makes and McGill University partner for this industry focused event designed to help companies adopt one of the main pillars of Industry 4.0: 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing.

Last week we discussed one of the featured panels “3D Printing and Lightweight Robotic End Of Arm Tooling (EOAT),” and how it is now being used in a number of fields for manufacturing of end devices. This week we’ll have a look at the other featured panel for the day “Machining Challenges in an Additive World.”

Once again we bring in some of Canada’s leading experts on the topic metal additive and machining, the panel will be moderated by Moderator Fabian Sanchez of Siemens and includes panelists; Christian Desravines, Usinage Multiconcept, Éric Thibault, Bell Helicopter and Jared Kozub of Precision ADM.

This panel will be a good opportunity learn about best practices, the advantages and challenges companies are facing in adopting AM.

Discussion will focus on what impacts is AM having on machining and how do the technologies complement each other.

Panelist intend to talk about the importance of the design in the integration of AM through machining and offer a better knowledge of the technology and understand how we can design for AM.

Design for AM is an item that companies are struggling with (Topology optimization, part growth vs shape and loads, distortion due to metal shrinkage, surface finish, etc). Be ready to hear questions about what help AM companies can provide to end-users and the challenges to certify an aircraft part and more.

Join us on February 27 at McGill for this great opportunity to meet and learn from leading practitioners of 3D Printing and join the 4th Industrial revolution. View the agenda


Featured Panel “3D Printing and Lightweight Robotic End Of Arm Tooling (EOAT)”

The Panel will be part of the McGill AM event “Top Business Applications for Additive Manufacturing” February 27, 2019

The Réseau Québec-3D (RQ3D), Canada Makes and McGill University additive manufacturing (AM) event will feature the panel “3D Printing and Lightweight Robotic End Of Arm Tooling (EOAT).” Gilles Desharnais of Axis Prototypes, Tharwat Fouad of Anubis3D and Nicolas Lacoursiere from Proto3000 will share their expertise and talk about some of the top 3D Printing manufacturing applications.

What to expect!

Additive manufacturing AKA 3D Printing has been around in multiple forms since about 35 years ago. It has been known only to few people in product development and research and was mainly used for prototyping. It is now being used in a number of fields for manufacturing of end devices or intermediate tooling used to fabricate end user devices.

Cases of manufacturing in the medical field will be covered by this panel as well as custom manufacturing of patient specific Orthopedic devices,  interim tooling for Dental applications and more.

In the industrial space, 3D Printing is being used in support of manufacturing to produce various components such as tooling for molding or jigs and fixtures to support assembly or other steps in the manufacturing process.

A more specialized space of tooling produced with 3D Printing is End-of-Arm-Tooling for robotics, where 3D Printing provides design freedom to provide value-add solution in this growing field of application.

Teaser info!

Anubis3D President Tharwat Fouad offered us the following. “It was clear to all experts that the technology will eventually become a main stream manufacturing process and have a significant impact on industry. One of the main missing elements in the evolution of 3D printing is user creativity”

You main ask the question, why change? Why take the risk of replacing an Aluminum milled part by a plastic 3D Printed part? Answering this question to early adopters took us 3 years of hard work to make the point clear. The question that our customers are now asking their designers is, why machine it, have you checked 3D printing it first?

There are few key points learned from this experience and it was obvious time and time again. The following are tips from Tharwat on companies looking to adopt 3D printing:

1- Introducing 3D printing to a company amounts to a cultural change, it needs a top down leadership and patience, learn about it and decide where is the best fit in the manufacturing process.

2- You need a champion in the organization to build success stories and then let it organically spread among the designers.

3- Understanding that designing for Additive Manufacturing is a skill that needs to be learned. It is like taking a part designed for milling and send it to injection molding company to build it, wont work. Parts that are intended to move to additive, needs to be carefully selected and resigned first. Simply taking a part from the inventory and getting a quote for printing it will get you the wrong answer.

4- Understand that introducing the industrial 3D printing is like adding a DeWalt cordless drill to your tool box. It can make a big deference, but on its own is not going to do anything, you also need to know what to do with it. Introducing Additive is the same. It will give your designers more ways to solve a problem and gain a comparative edge only of they know when, where and how to use it.

Join us on February 27 at McGill for this great opportunity to meet and learn from leading practitioners of 3D Printing and join the 4th Industrial revolution. View the agenda.

Poly-Shape joins Canada Makes

Canada Makes is pleased to announce Poly-Shape as its newest partner to join our National Additive Manufacturing network.

With an industrial expertise developed for more than 15 years in several high tech and regulated sectors such as aerospace, medical devices, energy and more specifically motorsport, working notably with large numerous Formula 1 teams, POLY-SHAPE is recognized as an European Leader in Metal Additive Manufacturing (Metal AM) production. With a wide and diverse pool of 25 production machines and a metallurgy laboratory, the company masters all AM technologies using metal powders or wires.

“Solving future industrial challenges is the core focus of our innovative company’s strategy. Poly-Shape is your global additive industry solution provider,” Stephane Abed, CEO and founder of Poly-Shape.

POLY-SHAPE has built an impressive reputation for its expertise in metal AM, its integration of the entire AM value chain and its client focus. The company is second to none with a team of experts ensuring complete control over every aspect of every job, from design (DfAM) to delivery, including machining and finishing, this technological leadership is supported by an important R&D department.

In September 2018, Poly-Shape teamed up with another big french actor of the 3D printing, AddUp, based in Clermont Ferrand. AddUp was formed in 2016 following the decision of two French leading industrial firms, Fives et Michelin, to create a major player in metal 3D printing. AddUp and Poly‐Shape share the same vision regarding the evolution of the world of metal 3D printing and the same passion for innovation.