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SLM Solutions joins Canada Makes

Canada Makes is pleased to announce SLM Solutions has joined its Additive Manufacturing (AM) network. SLM Solutions provides powder bed fusion machinery and applications development for metal prototypes and manufacturing production. It focuses on the development and distribution of innovative, production-oriented metal additive manufacturing systems.

“SLM Solutions was the first to offer overlapping multi-laser systems for the selective laser melting process and Canada Makes welcomes the addition of this proven innovator as its newest partner,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes.

SLM Solutions is a leading provider of industrial selective laser melting equipment. With Canadian distribution partners, like Spark & Co and an AM technology center in Detroit, SLM Solutions partners with customers to aid in the development of projects and reduce the learning curve for success with metal additive manufacturing.

SLM Solutions takes a vested interest in your company’s long-term success with metal AM, providing support and knowledge-sharing that elevates use of the technology to the next level. SLM systems, available in multiple sizes, are utilized in a variety of industries around the world. Their open system architecture allows users to tailor their process and SLM Solutions’ extensive experience and technical know-how help drive innovative product developments and support customers’ competitive creativity.

About Spark & Co
Spark & Co works with Tier 1 and Tier 2 Aerospace firms to manufacture parts for major Aerospace manufacturers such as Boeing, Bombardier, Airbus, Embraer, and more. https://www.spark-co.com

Interview with NRC’s David Muir

Canada Makes is pleased to have had the chance for a one-on-one interview with David Muir of Canada’s National Research Council (NRC). David shares with us his vision and plans for the London NRC.

The NRC is the Government of Canada’s largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development. For more than a hundred years, NRC has pushed the boundaries of science all the while working with industry to help shape Canada’s future.

Dr. David Muir NRC London

David Muir earned his B.Sc and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario, in London Canada, with his doctoral research focused in synthetic organic chemistry. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada in natural product chemistry.

David joined 3M Canada in London, Canada in 1996, gaining technical and management experience in Research and Development in several industrial sectors. He served as Integration Manager in the acquisition of a Canadian company, in which he held senior level management responsibilities in Operations, Finance, and R&D.  David was then appointed into business management roles in the Healthcare sector, including Food Safety and Infection Prevention Divisions.

Dr. Muir joined the National Research Council in July 2015 as Director of R+D for the London, Ontario facility within NRC’s Automotive and Surface Transportation portfolio.

Tells us about the NRC, particularly the London NRC that you head?

London NRC

The National Research Council of Canada is our national Research and Technology organization. NRC is over 100 years old, and has a very proud heritage of significant developments such as steam locomotives designed for the Canadian climate, Canola oil, the crash position indicator, electric wheelchair, and recently 100% biofuel filled flights. Our mandate is to support the Canadian economy through innovation in science and technology. NRC London, on the grounds of Western University, opened in 1997 primarily to support the manufacturing and construction industries. The construction activities across Canada were consolidated in Ottawa around 2010, and so our focus is manufacturing, particularly in the Automotive sector. We have a 75 000 sq ft facility, combined offices, labs, 2 automotive bays and a 10 ton crane high bay.

What should the new NRC “labs” be?

Our new labs will allow us to support and grow our research and development in Additive Manufacturing, Microfabrication, Specialty Coatings and Functional Surfaces. We will also be creating new space and capability for R+D in Mechatronics and Control Systems as well as Engineering Data Analytics. Finally, since we have had significant industry feedback regarding demonstration and integration of technology, we will be creating facilities that can enable whole vehicle and digital factory level scale.

The so-called “Factory of the Future,” tell us about the progression you have seen to get where you are now?

Dr. David Muir

When I arrived at NRC London 3 years ago, investment in our facility to support advanced manufacturing had just been announced. We polled industry quite exhaustively for their needs, and held workshops to validate our findings. This feedback told us to focus on applications for digital manufacturing and connected/autonomous vehicles. Within these applications, we heard very strong needs in key technological domains, as well as a facility that can integrate technology at a full vehicle or factory demonstration level. Additionally, we heard clearly that we need to create a facility that is collaborative in which private, public and academic sector can work together to solve pressing challenges. So with this feedback, we set out to renovate our facility, hire scientists and engineers and acquire equipment that incorporate these needs. I am pleased to report that this facility is now substantially complete and we are preparing for an opening in the fall.

How do you see the NRC’s place in helping companies adopt and use the applications and concepts of Industry 4.0.

First of all, our goal is to help companies de-risk implementation of new technology. I see several means by which we can do this – expertise to advise on technology, a demonstration facility to show new technology in use at a scaled-up level, a platform for industry to trial their own process before implementing, use cases for new applications of technology, and research into new areas. Industry for example has fed back that they have heard a lot about digital manufacturing or Industry 4.0, but they cannot visualize or understand how to implement. An additional benefit that clients can leverage at NRC London is access to the full breadth of the NRC. We are a relatively small facility, however, we can help clients access the >3000 employees of the NRC.

Will you focus on any particular advanced technologies? If yes what and why?

NRC London has created very strong and world recognized capabilities in additive manufacturing, microfabrication and surface functionalization. We will continue to develop in these areas as they continue to be of strong interest to industry. In addition, industry feedback has shown 2 major areas for focus, Mechatronics and Control Systems as well as Engineering Data Analytics.   Finally, integration of technology for connected/autonomous vehicles and digital manufacturing will be a skillset employing hard/software interoperability, autonomous systems, cybersecurity and communications.

Where do you see this initiative having its biggest impact?

We see impact to manufacturers of all size in Canada. Companies interested in new technology or adoption of technology related to digital manufacturing and/or connected/autonomous vehicles.

Thank you David.

 

 

Additive Manufacturing Alberta Workshop


InnoTech Alberta, in conjunction with Canada Makes and the University of Alberta, is hosting a two-day workshop addressing Additive Manufacturing in Alberta.

How do we work together to become more innovative and competitive?  What tools do we need to adopt?  What changes do we need to make?

The first day is a training course presented by AddWorks from GE Additive.  The full day course will discuss the concepts and tools necessary to adopt additive manufacturing.

The second day highlights a number of invited speakers and panelists to showcase their best practices in adoption of additive manufacturing.

This event is targeted towards designers, engineers, fabricators, innovators, and owners.

Dates:
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Registration and continental breakfast – 8am
Course – 9am-4pm

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Registration and continental breakfast – 8am
Workshop – 8:45am-4pm
Reception, Trade Show, Poster Presentation – 4-5pm

Cost includes:  workshops and all meals (breakfast, lunch, reception and coffee breaks)

Location – Alberta Innovates/InnoTech Alberta, 250 Karl Clark Road, Edmonton, AB

Register https://am-alberta.eventbrite.ca

Innotech Alberta  

InnoTech Alberta, in conjunction with the University of Alberta and Canada Makes, is hosting a two-day workshop addressing Additive Manufacturing in Alberta.

  • How do we work together to become more innovative and competitive?
  • What tools do we need to adopt?
  • What changes do we need to make?

The first day is a training course presented by Addworks™ at GE Additive. The full day course will discuss the concepts and tools necessary to adopt additive manufacturing.

The second day highlights a number of invited speakers and panelists to showcase their best practices in adoption of additive manufacturing.

This event is targeted towards designers, engineers, fabricators, innovators, and company owners.

*Earlybird discounts are in effect until Sept. 15th.

*Ticket price includes continental breakfast and hot lunch (please contact the organizer if you have special dietary requirements)

Day 1: Learning Seminar – Wednesday, October 10 (9:00AM-4:00PM)

Breakfast and Registration start at 8:00am

Presented by: Valeria Proano Cadena, Lead Engineer, Addworks™ at GE Additive and Joe Hampshire, Product Strategy Leader, Addworks™ at GE Additive

Title

Best practices for your Additive Journey – Design, Process Selection, and Materials

Abstract

As organizations begin to adopt additive technology, they quickly realize that it takes different thinking, tools and processes to be successful in using additive in production-level manufacturing. In this workshop, Addworks™ at GE Additive will cover key concepts and best practices they use on a daily basis for its production of additive parts.

AddWorks is GE Additive’s engineering consulting team that helps companies with additive part development and production in the automotive, aviation and energy/power industries. Regardless of how simple or complex, AddWorks can help you navigate your additive journey and find a path most beneficial to your goals. GE Additive started their own additive journey over 4 years ago and is now the #1 additive user in the world.

The following outlines learning objectives for this workshop:

  1. Real-life use case examples of additive manufacturing
  2. Design best practices including requirements, conceptual design, process selection, producibility and FastWorks
  3. An overview of the material development process where machine parameters in combination with post processing drive the material properties and performance
  4. An overview of additive manufacturing processes and the various additive technologies
  5. An overview of the GE Additive innovation process used for the Additive Manufacturing
  6. Cost modeling considerations and methods for additive components.

Day 2: Workshop – Thursday, October 11, 2018 (8:45AM – 4:00PM)

Breakfast and Registration start at 8:00am

Join us after the Workshop for a reception, tradeshow, and poster presentations (starts at 4:00pm).

Keynote Speaker:

Disrupting the Disruption: How GE Additive is Pushing the Boundaries of AM, Joe Hampshire, Addworks™ at GE Additive

Invited Speakers:

  • Mark Ramsden, Director, Business Performance and Innovation, Worley Parsons
  • Ian Klassen, Director, Aerospace Sales and Business Development, Precision ADM
  • Dr. Dan Thoma, Director of Additive Network, University of Wisconsin
  • Dr. Mohsen Mohammadi, Director, Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence, University of New Brunswick
  • Tharwat Fouad, President, Anubis 3D

Panel Discussions

Opportunities of Additive Manufacturing for the Energy Industry

Chair: Dr. Ehsan Toyserkani, University of Waterloo

  • Stefano Chiovelli, Syncrude Canada
  • Carl Weatherell, Canadian Mining Innovation Council
  • Philip Leung, Halliburton
  • Tyler Romanyk, Halliburton

Challenging the Status Quo in Alberta Manufacturing – a Small Business Perspective

Chair: Frank Delfaco, Canada Makes

  • Billy Rideout, Exergy
  • Darryl Short, Karma Machine
  • James Janeteas, Cimetrix
  • Kyle Hermenean, Machina Corp

Student Poster Presentation – Thursday, October 11

Students are invited to present their research using poster format. The best poster will be selected by an industry-academia-government committee and awarded a prize of $250.

Maximum size is 36” Tall x 48” wide.

Please contact Dr. Bogno (bogno@ualberta.ca) to submit your name, group, poster title/abstract, or for any poster related inquiries.

Students are required to submit a title and an abstract (max 200 words) of their poster. Deadline for submission is September 24.

Students must register for the Thursday event to submit a poster, although students are also welcome to register for the Wednesday event.

Posters should be submitted by Tuesday, October 9 at noon to Dr. Bogno.

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For addtional event details please contact:

Dr. Tonya Wolfe, InnoTech Alberta

tonya.wolfe@innotechalberta.ca

Promation joins Canada Makes

Canada Makes is pleased to announce Promation as its newest partner to join our National Additive Manufacturing network. The Oakville, Ontario based Promation is now offering 3D printing solutions to go with its Engineering, Equipment and Tooling Solutions for the Automotive, Nuclear and Aerospace & Defense Industries.

Mark Zimny, Promation’s Founder and CEO said, “Promation is pleased to join Canada Makes.  The benefits that Advanced Manufacturing and Additive Manufacturing expertise can bring to Canadian industry and academia through Canada Makes will have a significant impact on our future.  We expect this to be a key part of our Accelerated Growth Strategy to double to size of Promation within the next 5 years.”

“Canada’s manufacturing sector is fortunate to have a company like Promation join Canada’s Additive Manufacturing supply chain. Promation’s proven capabilities and proficiency in project management, advanced automation technology, engineering and a developed manufacturing facility will be a great benefit to its partnering companies,” stated Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes.

Promation has partnered with University of Waterloo’s Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Lab to develop the next generation of metal additive manufacturing that will enable high-value applications at a higher quality and lower operating costs. They have also established a network of research centers, first-class AM partners and suppliers to deliver complete integrated solutions to their clients ranging from simple devices to integrated systems and production facilities custom-tailored to customer-specific requirements.

Promation’s work with the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Lab focuses on the next generation of additive manufacturing processes. To this end, the lab explores novel processes and techniques to deliver advanced materials, innovative products, modeling and simulation tools, monitoring devices, closed-loop control systems, quality assurance algorithms and holistic in-situ and ex-situ characterization techniques.

About Promation
Founded in 1995, Promation,a privately owned Canadian Corporation, is a leading automation, robotic and tooling system manufacturer in Oakville, Ontario. Promation delivers custom equipment and turnkey systems to their global customers in three divisions; Nuclear, Automotive, and Aerospace & Defence. They customize best-in-class solutions, which are supported by a team of experienced PLC designers, engineering, manufacturing and quality professionals with industry expertise. www.promation.com

 

Canada Makes Additive Manufacturing Forum – Aerospace and Automotive Tooling

The CME Canada Makes Additive Manufacturing Forum of October 24, 2018 at the University of Waterloo will feature speakers from both the Aerospace and Automotive/tooling sectors who will discuss on how they improved their competitiveness through the adoption of additive manufacturing.

Join us and learn more about this emerging sector.

The Forum will feature two panels, “Aerospace using Additive Manufacturing” and “Conformal Cooling – Facts versus Myths Overcoming Obstacles.”

  • Panel 1 – Aerospace and Additive Manufacturing, moderator Mark Kirby
  • Panel 2 – Conformal Cooling – Facts versus Myths Overcoming Obstacles, moderator Ed Bernard

The forum will continue to deliver on the success of past events and offer ample opportunity for networking. The Canada Makes Scrum, introduced last year, will once again use the same format. Canada Makes partners will circle the room with tables and banners and take part in a great opportunity to talk face-to-face with experts in additive.

Canada Makes continues offering insight and expertise for Canada’s industry leaders with the mission of helping companies understand how they might use additive manufacturing as part of their process. The forum will show how additive is a key component of Industry 4.0, implementation.

Time: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Federation Hall (Building #35) University of Waterloo
200 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON
Cost:
$100 CME Members/Canada Makes Partners
$150 CME / Canada Makes Non-Members

Register

The Master of Ceremony is David Saint John Director of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing Linamar.

View the list and bios of speakers here

Agenda

Time Topic Speaker
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Networking Coffee
9:00 – 9:10 a.m. Welcome Remarks Peter Adams, CEO & President Burloak Technologies
9:10 – 9:45 a.m. Laser Beam Melting drives efficiency of tooling applications Mathias Gebauer, Fraunhofer Group Manager for AM applications
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. How Additive Manufacturing has shaped the automotive sector and is driving it into the future Cassidy Silbernagel, two time winner of the Additive World Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge
10:15 – 10:40 a.m. Networking Break
10:40 – 11:40 a.m. Panel Conformal Cooling – Facts vs Myths and Overcoming Obstacles Moderator Ed Bernard

Panellists: Wes Byleveld, Director, Additive Manufacturing Exco Engineering

Annette Langhammer, Director of Advanced Engineering NMC Dynaplas

Tom Houle, Director Lumex, NA at Matsuura Machinery USA, Inc.

11:40 – 12:00 p.m. The Efficacy of Computed Tomography for Additively Manufactured Parts Dylan Yazbeck, Lab Supervisor Jesse Garant Metrology Center
12:00 -1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:15 – 1:45 p.m. Aerospace and Additive Manufacturing applications Peter Adams, CEO & President Burloak Technologies
1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace. Moderator Mark Kirby

Panellists: Roger Eybel, Materials and Processes Group Leader/Safran Expert
Safran Landing Systems

Mathieu Fagnan, Enterprise Manager, Additive Manufacturing Technologies Pratt & Whitney Canada

Steve Slusher, Executive, AddWorks Manufacturing Development Leader (GE)

2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Presentation: Survey on Green aerospace practices in Canada François Charron-Doucet, Director of Quality Control and Scientific Director at Groupe AGÉCO
3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Market update on Medical AM Martin Petrak, President & CEO Precision ADM
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Update on the Medical 3D Printing Centre in Québec Olivier Marcotte, Agent de recherche et développement, CRIQ
3:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Reception brought to you by CRIQ Networking Reception – Wine, beer and soft drinks.

We thank Burloak Technologies as our major corporate sponsor.The following companies will be sharing their expertise at the Canada Makes Scrum.

BDO

MAP UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO LOCATION OF CANADA MAKES FORUM

 

Tekna receives $21.1 million investment from the Governments of Canada and Quebec

Canada Makes applauds the announced investment of  $21.1 million to help scale up TEKNA and create 170 new jobs as well as promote Canadian innovation.

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced that the federal government will invest up to $21.1 million in advanced manufacturing company TEKNA Plasma Systems Inc. Minister Bains was joined by the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie and Member of Parliament for Compton–Stanstead. Luc Fortin, Member for Sherbrooke, Minister of Families and Minister responsible for the Estrie region—on behalf of Dominique Anglade, Deputy Premier of Quebec, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation, and Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy, and François Blais, Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity—announced a $9.4-million investment from the Government of Quebec. The total value of the project is up to $128.4 million.

“Quebec is a leader in advanced manufacturing. The sector will employ close to 1.7 million Canadians and contribute $183 billion, or 10 percent, to Canada’s GDP in 2018. Today’s investment will create 170 jobs in Sherbrooke and will help TEKNA scale up to reach new markets and compete globally. It is investments like this one that will position Canada as a global innovation leader today and tomorrow.” 
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

“By creating products that didn’t even exist yesterday, TEKNA is contributing to the manufacturing revolution brought on by 3D printing and Industry 4.0. We are writing tomorrow’s history today. This investment project, though unprecedented, builds on 28 years of engagement with excellence and proves strategic for the company’s development, growth and prosperity. We are extremely proud that our shareholder Arendals Fossekompani ASA supports the choice of Sherbrooke, the city where TEKNA was founded, as the place to carry out this promising plan.”
– Luc Dionne, Chief Executive Officer, TEKNA Plasma Systems Inc.

This investment in advanced manufacturing will help create 170 jobs in Sherbrooke, will help attract foreign direct investment, and will help TEKNA produce innovative metallic powders used in additive manufacturing and electronic products. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, allows for the design of complex metal parts that are lighter and more efficient and environmentally friendly than conventionally manufactured parts.

TEKNA’s project will help the company increase its total manufacturing production capacity and footprint in Sherbrooke and will advance next-generation manufacturing capabilities in Canada. It will also increase R&D, stimulate collaboration with Canadian post-secondary institutions, and help strengthen the Montréal–Sherbrooke advanced manufacturing cluster and supply chain.

About TEKNA Plasma Systems
TEKNA, a subsidiary of Arendal Fossekompani ASA (AFK: NO), has been conducting manufacturing of industrial plasma systems and metal powders for more than 25 years, based on their strong R&D leadership. Today, TEKNA (headquartered in Canada) is a world-renowned actor for the quality of its products and its ability to respond quickly to the growing demands of its customers.

Wohlers Associates deliver first ever DfAM session in Canada

Wohlers Associates, represented by Terry Wohlers and Olaf Diegel, delivered its first and successful session in Montreal, Quebec. The June 12-14 Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) course, sponsored by Canada Makes Partner CRIQ, was attended by bright and relatively young people experienced with CAD.

Participants came from a variety of sectors, including aerospace, industrial equipment and machinery, CAD and AM product sales and services, academia, government, and research. All with a common goal of of taking the next step in designing for AM. 

Terry Wohlers offered this about the session, “some of the participants said that they especially appreciated the hands-on topology optimization and lattice structure exercises. One participant stated that he attends many technical AM events and this one was, by far, one of the most valuable. Another said he appreciated that lead instructor Olaf Diegel spoke French, although most of the course was conducted in English.”

“Learning how to Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) is critical for maximizing the output from your Additive Equipment,” said participant Hargurdeep Singh Director of Additive Manufacturing CAD MicroSolutions Inc. “Terry Wohlers and Olaf Diegel presented an excellent demonstration of DfAM. I particularly enjoyed learning about the Generative Design and Part Consolidation exercises using hands-on learning techniques.”

The average score given by the participants was 4.9 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being best, so we were quite pleased with it.

Wohlers Associates will be holding another special three-day course on design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) in Frisco, Colorado August 8 to 10, 2018wohlersassociates.com/DfAM.html

Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and Canada Makes Announce the Winner of the National 3D Printed Musical Instrument Challenge

Ottawa, 14 June, 2018 – Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and Canada Makes are pleased to announce Robert Hunter as the winner of the National 3D Printed Musical Instrument Challenge for his design for clarinet and brace which improve the ergonomics of the instrument by redistributing the weight of the instrument to larger muscle groups compared to traditional instruments. The award will be presented to Robert Hunter in person at Ottawa Symphony’s Open House event on Thursday, June 14th between 5-7pm at Dominion Chalmers (355 Cooper St.) in Ottawa.

“I was interested in this competition because of my combined background in biomedical engineering including biomechanics, 3D CAD design, and music. I used to play clarinet a lot in high school, and when I would practice for long periods my right thumb would become sore from supporting the weight of the instrument. So when I read about this competition, this problem immediately sprang to mind for something I could try and solve.” – Robert Hunter


The National 3D Printed Musical Instrument Challenge asked participants to improve or design an ergonomically optimized musical instrument that leverages the power of 3D printing (metal or polymer) for its fabrication, while remaining cost-effective. The designers were encouraged to consider how they could contribute to solving the epidemic of performance related injuries among professional musicians and music students by addressing root causes of the issue insofar as it relates to instrument design.

“Hunter’s design directly addresses an ergonomic injury risk to the musician and his proposal included an assessment of both playing aesthetic and technical demands. Bravo!” – Dr. John Chong.

“While music lifts the soul, many musicians – professionals and amateurs alike – struggle to perform due to injury. This challenge was an invitation to designers to employ new technology to the benefit of musician’s health. We were so pleased with all the creative ideas we received, and specifically, to award the KUN Prize to Robert Hunter.”– Alain Trudel

Applicants represented regions across Canada, a variety of levels of design experience and wide-ranging innovative solutions to common health problems among musicians. The submissions were evaluated by a panel of eight adjudicators with equal weighting between disciplines of 3D printing, music performance, and musicians’ health.

As the winner, Robert Hunter will receive the KUN Prize, valued at over $35k, which includes a fabrication and fitting budget, a 5min piece of music commissioned for the instrument, performance of the instrument at the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra’s 3D StringTheory concert on November 4th, and a $5k cash prize. The KUN Prize is sponsored by Marina Kun, President of KUN Shoulder Rests Inc., and fabrication is sponsored by Precision ADM and Axis Prototype Inc.

List of Adjudicators
Dr. John Chong, Medical Director of the Musicians’ Clinic of Canada
Judith Robitaille, musicians’ occupational therapist and professor at Université de Sherbrooke
David Saint John, Director of Innovation at Linamar Corporation
Gilles Desharnais, President of Axis Prototypes Inc.
Alain Trudel, Music Director of Ottawa Symphony Orchestra
Mary-Elizabeth Brown, Bielak-Hartman Concertmaster Chair of Ottawa Symphony Orchestra
Ben Glossop, Principal Bassoonist of Ottawa Symphony Orchestra
Travis Mandel, Principal Trumpet of Ottawa Symphony Orchestra

About the 3D StringTheory Project:

3D StringTheory asks:
What new instruments and sounds can we create using today’s newest technologies?

To explore the new creative possibilities that technology brings to music, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra has commissioned Ottawa violin maker Charline Dequincey and the Industrial Technology Centre in Winnipeg to create original 3D-printed string instruments. Montreal-born composer Harry Stafylakis will write an original piece of music inspired by these new sounds. The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra will present the final product of these collective efforts in a live performance of Stafylakis’ piece, featuring the new instruments on November 4th, 2018.

The project will also feature public competitions involving instrument making and design challenges for youth, university students, and professionals. The 3D Printed Musical Instrument Challenge is the first competition to be announced.

The full process of creating the 3D-printed string instruments will be documented through a video series available for the public to follow and engage with online and through social media.

3D StringTheory explores how today’s new technologies, like 3D printing, can further expand musical boundaries.

For more information and to follow our project, visit: https://ottawasymphony.com/3dstringtheory/

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.

About Canada Makes
Canada Makes is a network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of advanced and additive manufacturing (AM) in Canada. It is an enabler and accelerator of AM-adoption in Canada. The network covers a broad range of additive manufacturing technologies including 3D printing; reverse engineering 3D imaging; medical implants and replacement human tissue; metallic 3D printing and more.

The National 3D Printed Musical Instrument Challenge is an addition to the series of Pan-Canadian 3D Printing Challenges hosted by Canada Makes. The adoption of digital manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing requires new approaches to skills and training focused on building experiential and collaborative learning.

About Marina Kun

While raising four daughters, Marina entered the world of violins and shoulder rests. In 1972 her late husband, Joseph Kun, an Ottawa-based violin and bow maker designed and patented a revolutionary shoulder rest. When Marina joined the business in 1974, she took a tiny company selling only dozens of shoulder rests and turned it into a global market leader creating a household name in the international strings world. Creating the ‘KUN’ brand almost from scratch, her company now holds dozens of global patents and has the widest product range in the industry with no less than 80% of the world.

The KUN name has become an icon in the music industry and is one of the only Canadian companies that is a major manufacturer in the music world. In 2005, Marina’s company received the Design Exchange and National Post Gold Medal for Industrial Design for the Voce rest.

Marina was designated one of Canada’s top 100 Women Entrepreneurs in 2006 by PROFIT, and Kun Shoulder Rest Inc. received the Business of the Year Award by the Canadian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2004).
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Media Contact:
Angela Schleihauf, Ottawa Symphony
marketing@ottawasymphony.com

613-983-7201

Canada Makes 3D Challenge Trophy, Concept to Product

View the following video showing the process of using both additive and subtractive manufacturing to go from a concept to a product. Thank you to our friends at Renishaw for sharing this wonder video.

The trophy was recently awarded to the team of Lisa Brock and Yanli Zhu from the University of Waterloo and their design of biodegradable packaging made from mushroom roots. canadamakes.ca/canada-makes-ann…eam-3d-challenge/

The award was presented during the first Conference of NSERC Network for Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing (HI-AM) at the University of Waterloo.

Winning team of Yanli Zhu and Lisa Brock of the University of Waterloo with Frank Defalco of Canada Makes

Students were asked to focus on creating innovative tools or products that reduce our environmental footprint using additive manufacturing in tandem with conventional manufacturing approaches.

Lisa Brock and Yanli Zhu proposed the design of biodegradable packaging made from mushroom roots and agricultural waste using binder jetting additive manufacturing. The packaging design was created by optically 3D scanning the object. Approximately 10% of materials used in additive manufacturing can be recycled into new plastics, and the rest are disposed. The options for disposal are landfills and incineration, both of which increase the amount of greenhouse gases. Therefore, new biobased biodegradable materials must be developed to decrease the negative environmental impacts of these additive manufacturing plastics. https://youtu.be/XKU-BHKuGZI

 

Nanogrande moves into a new larger facility

NanograndeMontreal, June 6, 2018— Canada Makes partner Nanogrande has moved to a new location in Montreal, multiplying the company’s floor space by four times of its previous business space. Mr. Juan Schneider, president and founder of Nanogrande, warmly welcomed his team to the new workspace this morning. Thanks to PME MTL Centre-Ouest, the company is entering a new phase of development that will see its tremendous increment in production and research capacity.

This new premise will truly open up the company’s potential for growth and creation,” said Schneider. “We now have the space to fully deploy our research and development department and our new assembly line.

This new workspace located in Montreal, a city with full technological explosion, will allow the company to get closer to the partners in its sector of activity to propel its development process. At the same time, Montreal being the capital of artificial intelligence, holds the key for Fourth Industrial Revolution, the heart of Nanogrande’s activity.

We have tried to stay close to our old facility, but the support we received from PME MTL Centre-Ouest convinced us,” said the president of Nanogrande. “The proximity of high-tech research centres, the many young companies in the sector and the determination of local decision-makers persuaded us to move our offices.

About Nanogrande
Nanogrande designs, manufactures and sells the world’s first molecular-scale additive printing technology and it combines nanotechnology with additive manufacturing, bridging the gap between semiconductor manufacturing and 3D printing. www.nanogrande.com

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For information :
Frédéric Mayer
Communication
514-966-5398
fmayer@nanogrande.com