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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.
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
- 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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
We have asked a number of Canadian experts in Additive Manufacturing to provide us with their views on the year by answering some questions. Additive Manufacturing – Year in review – 2018
Canada Makes is pleased to welcome Calgary based Exergy Solutions to its network of experts in 3D Printing. Exergy is a leader in 3D modelling, 3D printing, engineering and research to the energy, utilities and mining sectors.
“Adoption of additive manufacturing to help increase productivity and capability is about to take off for the oil & gas sector. Exergy, partnering with the Canada Makes network of experts, will be ready for the upcoming opportunities,” said Frank Defalco Manager Canada Makes.
“We have leveraged additive manufacturing to study revolutionary technology aimed at improving the competitiveness and environmental performance of the Oil Sands industry. Many of these technologies are game changers. Well positioned to drastically lower GHG emissions and eliminate tailing ponds. Canada Makes has already helped us to instantly build a network of additive experts across Canada. This gives us the opportunity to engage knowledge and experience coast to coast in improving an industry that is vital to the Canadian economy.” said Billy Rideout, President Exergy Solutions.
About Exergy Solutions
Exergy Solutions is focused on delivering innovation and step-change technological improvement to their customers. The creative team at Exergy has experience leveraging disruptive technologies and agile project management methods. Exergy believes in the enormous talent and technological know-how across Canada that can be used to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing. Together with their business partners network enable project development and effective integration of complete technology solutions. This wide-range of services include as-build drawings, drafting, 3D modelling, engineering design, 3D scanning, 3D printing, virtual reality and turn-key R&D projects. exergysolutions.com
Montreal, December 3, 2018 – In presence of more than fifty guests, the president and founder of Nanogrande, Mr. Juan Schneider, officially unveiled the MPL-1, the world first metal nanoscale 3D printer. Built around its patented technology – the Power LayeringTM – to form particle layers, MPL-1 makes nanotechnology accessible to a whole new market by opening the door for additive manufacturing.“We believe this new approach to 3D printing is a revolution that will allow us to set new industry standards,” said Schneider. “The Power LayeringTM allows the MPL-1 to use particles of any shape, size and type. We can use particles as small as a nanometer, but also particles of 5 microns, which is the size the industry is currently looking for, while maximizing the compaction of particles.”
“This is a special announcement as Nanogrande is the only company manufacturing a metal powder additive machine in Canada,” said Frank Defalco Manager Canada Makes.”We look forward to working with Nanogrande to help develop new AM applications using this exciting new technology.”
The high level of particle compaction achieved by the Power LayeringTM, as well as the size of the particles, considerably eliminate the needs for support structures typical of 3D printing. This way, there is a noticeable reduction in post-printing costs. In addition, Nanogrande can offer its particles at a lower cost because the process does not require expensive spherical particles.
The founder of Nanogrande also took the opportunity to congratulate his team for their hard work and the many sacrifices for the start up. The development of MPL-1 took several years of work.
“Today we are witnessing the culmination of a long process of research and development that has given us the chance to set up a team that generates many innovative ideas,” said Schneider. “Alone, it is possible to have excellent ideas; but, as a team, we can bring these ideas to life. I am very pleased to highlight the success of the efforts of the people who work for Nanogrande.”
Nanogrande develops and produces for the leading manufacturers the first nanoscale 3D printer to meet their needs for solutions for the manufacturing of microparts and high precision components.
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Last week was a whirlwind tour of the very best the world of additive manufacturing has to offer at Formnext 2018 in Frankfurt Germany for the Canada Makes delegation. It began on Monday November 12th with TraCLight’s (the Transatlantic Cluster for Lightweighting) Annual Cluster meeting in Stuttgart, followed by on-sight industrial visits of Trumpf and Advanced Clean Production (ACP).
Below are pictures of some the highlights of the week. We thank the following companies for hosting our delegation; BigRep, BASF 3D Printing Solutions, DMG MORI, 3D Systems, ADD UP, Renishaw, Fraunhofer, GE Additive, SLM Solutions and Tekna.
The following is a list of participants to this year’s Formnext; Precision ADM, Kilmarnock Enterprise, AON3D, Renishaw Canada, McGill University, The University of Waterloo, Québec Metallurgy Centre (CMQ), Exergy Solutions, Promation, Axis Prototypes, Anubis 3D and CAD MicroSolutions.