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Burloak announces $104 million investment in a new Additive Manufacturing Technology Centre

On May 4, 2018 the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Burloak TechnologiesBains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced a repayable federal investment of $14 million to advanced manufacturing company Burloak Technologies. Minister Gould was joined by Eleanor McMahon, Ontario’s President of the Treasury Board who announced a $7 million provincial grant. The total value of the project is $104.7 million.

“This is great news for Burlington and for Canada’s advanced manufacturing industry. Advanced manufacturing is an important and growing sector that is contributing to our economy and creating well-paying middle class jobs. Our government’s investment in Burloak’s project will help ensure Canada remains at the forefront of advanced manufacturing technology and a globally competitive centre for innovation. ”  – The Honorable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions.

“Additive manufacturing is a rapidly developing technology that is destined to become a multi-billion-dollar industry. Through its investment in the Burloak Technologies Advanced Manufacturing Center, the provincial government is showing its leadership and support for innovation in the manufacturing sector and is helping to establish world-class 3D printing capabilities right here in Ontario.” Peter Adams President and Co-Founder, Burloak Technologies.

This investment will help create 295 new Canadian jobs by 2026 and will enable Burloak to open a new, world-class Additive Manufacturing Technology Centre in Burlington, Ontario, that will help make Canada a world leader in additive manufacturing.

“The announcement by Burloak is a huge step for Canada’s additive manufacturing sector,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “We applaud the two levels of government for coming together and supporting Canada’s emerging additive sector and we look to keep working with Burloak to make Canada’s industries leaders in the adoption of additive manufacturing.”

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a cheaper, faster, and more environmentally friendly method of manufacturing. 3D printed parts are lighter and often more durable than traditionally manufactured parts.

Burloak’s investment in Ontario will also generate more R&D, more collaboration with post-secondary institutions and help strengthen the region’s advanced manufacturing cluster and supply chain.

This investment is made possible through the Strategic Innovation Fund, a program designed to attract and support high-quality business investments across all sectors of the economy, by encouraging R&D that will accelerate technology transfer and commercialization of innovative products, processes and services and facilitate the growth of innovative firms.

See release – Ontario Supporting Over 80 Advanced Manufacturing Jobs in Oakville 

Quick facts

  • Burloak Technologies is a division of Samuel, Son & Co. based in Mississauga, Ontario. Samuel employs 4800 people at more than 100 facilities (622 of whom are in in Ontario).
  • Canada’s manufacturing industry is an important part of the country’s economy, contributing $174 billion or 10 percent to Canada’s GDP in 2016.
  • The Strategic Innovation Fund is a flexible program that reflects the diversity of innovation in all sectors of the economy.
  • Ontario is investing up to $7 million through the Jobs and Prosperity Fund as part of a larger overall investment by Samuel, Son & Co. and Burloak Technologies valued at $80.5 million. The project is scheduled for completion by December 2022.
  • Samuel, Son & Co. is one of North America’s largest metal manufacturing, processing and distribution companies. The company has more than 5,200 employees at over 100 facilities worldwide. Its Burloak Technologies division is a leader in additive manufacturing and delivers 3D printed applications to customers across various sectors.

Canada Makes’ 3D Challenge Finalists Video Presentations

On March 21, 2018 Canada Makes announced its five finalist for the 3D Challenge. At the time we requested that each of them produce a short video to showcase their design. We can now share the videos with you (see below).

The theme of the Challenge Design solutions for a sustainable future Canada Makes invited 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.

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. The data was imported into a computer aided design (CAD) software to create the custom packaging structure conforming to the unique geometry, and a lattice structure was added to reduce the amount of material required. 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

Gitanjali Shanbhag and Issa Rishmawi aim is to introduce light-weighting to helicopter tail designs by proposing a modi􀂡ed design, for the tail boom of Airbus H135 as an example, through Additive Manufacturing(AM). The material of interest is aluminum 2024-T3 since it is a readily available lightweight material and is cost-effective. In the optimized design, material is only applied where the loads on the tail boom are concentrated, resulting in a hollow, truss-like structure that reduces the boom weight by 63%. The results are validated using the simulation software. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5OkB3aykYc

Ken Nsiempba submitted a redesign of the internal boat tail support bracket to be 3D printed. This bracket is mainly used during ground processing at the base of the Atlas V payload fairing (Atlas V is an active expendable launch system of the Atlas rocket family). What makes the new bracket’s design special is its use of different manufacturing technics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNeJ1kwXRZ8&feature=youtu.be

Nathaniel Claus offered a ONE BIKE concept that allows bikes to transcend limitations set by current production trends through a convertible parts system. The cycling industry moves forward at an alarming rate, more so than the automobile industry. There are 200 million bikes produced every year. That’s 5 bikes to every car produced annually and more than enough for every person born in that same year. As a result, high-end bikes are becoming increasingly expensive and lower end bikes are becoming less reliable in order to keep their prices down. This concept creates an alternative to users accumulating additional bikes saving money and reducing a rider’s impact on this planet. https://youtu.be/w9xe3pe8fYI

Haley Butler is working on developing a potato starch-based plastic 􀂡lament that is suitable for 3D printing. Starch-based plastics have the potential to be used as an environmentally friendly material for additive manufacturing. Haley chose not to submit a video.

Canada Makes will announce the overall winner of this years Canada Makes 3D Challenge at the HI-AM conference May 22, 2018 at the University of Waterloo.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their support.

Canada Makes would like to thank all those who participated and invite them to once again to try next year when we hold Canada Makes’ second 3D Challenge.

Experts in Demand: Growth in Metal Additive Manufacturing Creates Need for Professionals

Last week at Rapid + TCT in Fort Worth, Texas SME released a report “Experts in Demand: Growth in Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) Creates Need for Professionals.” The report discusses the exponential growth in metal AM over the last decade and how medical, aerospace and automative are integrating the technology.  The report outlines how the sector’s growth has created the need for skilled professionals to run a successful operation.

Certain challenges are holding back growth for Metal AM such as the regulatory environment, capital and qualified workers.

Worldwide Metal AM system sold in 2017 saw an increase of almost 80%  over 2016, this has resulted in a step demand for skilled employees. Three main factors are driving the increases, technology development, materials development and standards development.

Martin Petrak, CEO Precision ADM

The report includes a case study by Canada Makes partner Precision ADM’s CEO Martin Petrak “Using mettle to find success with metal.”

To learn more or to download the report, visit http://www.sme.org/am3dmetalsjob/

About SMESME Canada
SME connects manufacturing professionals, academia and communities, sharing knowledge and resources to build inspired, educated and prosperous manufacturers and enterprises. With more than 85 years of experience and expertise in events, media, membership, training and development, and also through an education foundation, SME is committed to promoting manufacturing technology, developing a skilled workforce and attracting future generations to advance manufacturing. Learn more at sme.org

Canada Makes Partners enjoyed a successful Rapid + TCT

The 2018 Rapid +TCT event last week in Fort Worth, Texas proved to be a successful event for Canada Makes’ partners.

The first day of the event was highlighted by GE Additive’s unveiling of the new Arcam EBM Spectra H, a new metal additive manufacturing system, designed to handle high heat and crack prone materials.

GE Additive

The week was highlighted by a group dinner, which Terry Wohlers dropped by and met about 30 Canadians many of whom are Canada Makes partners enjoying a Mexican dinner. (see below)

See below for a quick tour of Canada Makes partners who are showing off there wares at this years Rapid +TCT.

Jesse Garant Metrology Center

Custom Prototypes

AON3D

Tiger-Vac

EOS

Mazak

Precision ADM booth 435

Tekna

Renishaw

About Rapid + TCT
RAPID + TCT is North America’s preeminent event for discovery, innovation, and networking in 3D manufacturing. Next years event will be held in Detroit May 21-23, 2019. Learn more http://www.rapid3devent.com

Rapid exhibition starts for Canada Makes’s partners

Rapid + TCT exhibition in Fort Worth, Texas started today and Canada Makes’ partners are well represented.

This morning was highlighted by GE Additive’s unveiling of the new Arcam EBM Spectra H, a new metal additive manufacturing system, designed to handle high heat and crack prone materials.

GE Additive booth 1318

See below for a quick tour of Canada Makes partners who are showing off there wares at this years Rapid +TCT.

Jesse Garant Metrology Center booth 737

Custom Prototypes booth 736

AON3D booth 542

Tiger-Vac booth 110

EOS booth 1118

Mazak booth 2004

Precision ADM booth 435

Tekna booth 2528

Renishaw booth 718

Visit Canada Makes’ partners on the floor at Rapid

April 23rd RAPID + TCT conference opens in Fort Worth, Texas. This yearly event is where additive manufacturing industry meets to learn about new applications of the technology, hear about new product announcements and network with peers and industry experts. Some of the more than 300 exhibitors are Canada Makes partners so please take the time to drop by and hear about their latest products and services.

Exhibitor Booth #
AON3D 542
EOS 1118
Precision ADM 435
GE Additive 1318
Jesse Garant Metrology Center 737
Renishaw 718
Tekna 2528
TIGER-VAC 110
Custom Prototypes / Raplas America 736

Go here to view the floor plan.

The conference will cover the latest processes, applications, materials, and research in additive manufacturing, helping attendees to discover how best to utilize 3D technologies within their operations. There will be over 200 presentations to choose from, and each is labeled novice, intermediate, or expert.

  • 300+ 3D technology providers in one room – Witness major product launches, see the newest technologies at work, and do side-by-side comparisons.
  • The top forum for additive manufacturing education in North America – 200+ presentations to educate on how to use 3D technologies to improve creativity and execution, reduce costs, and bring products to market faster.
  • Networking with thousands of attendees – The most influential and experienced additive manufacturing professionals attend RAPID + TCT. Consult with the industry experts on equipment decisions, and find out how peers are addressing similar challenges at their organizations.
  • Daily Keynotes – Each morning will feature an industry-leading speaker.

Learn more more about RAPID + TCT here.

4th Annual Réseau Québec-3D Conference: Transforming your business model with 3D Printing

This coming May 16th, Réseau Québec-3D will hold its fourth annual 3D Printing conference in Montreal with the theme: “Transforming your business model with 3D Printing”. Be sure to join more than 200 participants and exhibitors for one of Canada’s most important additive manufacturing (AM) conferences.

The event is once again a collaborative effort between CRIQ, Prima Québec, Canada Makes and CRITM and offers the opportunity to hear world class experts in additive manufacturing who will present how this technology transformed their business model.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet face-to-face and network with both international and national AM leaders that have demonstrated expertise throughout the additive manufacturing value chain and continue to help position Québec and Canada as a major global player in this flourishing industry.

Fabian Sanchez

Fabian Sanchez, Design Engineer – Additive Manufacturing, Siemens Canada Limited

Be sure not to miss keynote speaker Fabian Sanchez, Design Engineer – Additive Manufacturing, Siemens Canada Limited as he presents “Delivering End-to-End Solutions for Additive Manufacturing.”

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REGISTER NOW!
Click here to register online.

Agenda:
Click here to consult the program.

Date:
May 16, 2018

Location:
Place Bonaventure
800, rue De La Gauchetière Ouest
Montréal QC H5A 1G1

Cost:
$ 250 using promo code RQ3D18

 

Highlights of AMUG 2018

 The Additive Manufacturers User Group, AMUG to all concerned, held its 30th anniversary event last week at the historical Union Station Hotel in St. Louis Missouri and it did not disappoint. Attending AMUG is a unique experience plain and simple. The expertise on the floor at AMUG is unrivalled and the learning opportunities endless.

Picking a high point is hard but the roaring and dizzying speed of the NASCAR racetrack as our surprise destination on Award Night is hard to beat. The evening was highlighted with the announcement of Custom Prototypes’ Mark Antony Roman Helmut as the winner of the Technical Competition Advanced Finishing.

My friend and Canada Makes partner Hargurdeep (Deep) Singh, Director of Additive Manufacturing at CAD MicroSolutions Inc. said the following, “Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference 2018 was a fantastic event to connect with many end-users, engineers, business executives and pioneers of the Additive Industry. This event provided an excellent resource for learning about the future of 3D Printing and I would like to acknowledge Frank Defalco for representing Canada Makes at AMUG 2018. Canada Makes representation helped bring together many partners who are now moving forward in helping Canadian companies to enable innovation and leverage AM technologies.”

Deep was kind enough to share some of his finer photos taken during the event. See if you can spot Deep hidden is some of the pictures.

About Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG)
The Additive Manufacturing Users Group’s origins date back to the early 1990s when the founding industry users group was called 3D Systems North American Stereolithography Users Group, a users group solely focused on the advancement of stereolithography (SL) use with the owners and operators of 3D Systems’ equipment. Today, AMUG educates and supports users of all additive manufacturing technologies. The primary charter of the group remains the same, but its members are much more diversified, global and focused in advancing additive manufacturing technology for rapid manufacturing and prototyping.

With AMUG’s expanded range, operators/owners of any commercial technology — stereolithography, selective laser sintering, 3D printing, DMD, DMLS, FDM, LS, SL, SLM, PolyJet, and more * — can benefit from the information exchange and professional network that AMUG offers. www.amug.com

Custom Prototypes repeats as winner at AMUG with metal Roman helmet

Canada Makes offers congratulation to our member Custom Prototypes for once again being awarded first place in the Advanced Finishing category of the AMUG Technical Competition in St. Louis for their metal 3D printed Roman helmet.

Learn more about the process Custom Prototypes used to fabricate the Mark Antony helmut here.
About Custom Prototypes
Based in Toronto and with more than 20 years experience Custom Prototypes is a small team of designers, engineers and fabricators who specialize in bringing ideas into tangible working prototypes. Their collaborative work environment is the benchmark for their innovative approach to tackling complex problems. www.customprototypes.ca

CAD MicroSolutions Drives Canadian Innovation with Addition of BigRep Large-Format 3D Printers

BigRep ONE

Canada Makes partner CAD MicroSolutions Inc., a leading service provider and distributor of 3D technology in Canada, announced today that it has partnered with BigRep to bring commercial sales and distribution of their large-scale 3D printing solutions to Canada.

BigRep’s 3D printing solutions are a fitting addition to CAD MicroSolutions’ existing line of mechatronics design tools and 3D printing solutions, opening the gateway to a new dimension of 3D printing and manufacturing for businesses across Canada. BigRep’s innovative BigRep ONE and BigRep STUDIO 3D printers give engineers, architects and designers around the globe access to large-scale 3D printing at an affordable price point.

“We are very excited to expand our Additive Manufacturing Technology portfolio by adding the BigRep large-format 3D printers to our consulting, sales and technical support channels,” says Hargurdeep (Deep) Singh, Director of Additive Manufacturing at CAD MicroSolutions. “These German Engineered BigRep 3D FFF printers will enable innovation for Canadian companies and allow them to achieve a revolutionary print volume of 1.3m³ at an extremely competitive price.”

Based in Berlin, BigRep is a leading global provider of large-format 3D printing technology for industrial users. Their highly innovative team develops and manufactures the world’s largest 3D printers, revolutionizing design, prototyping and industrial production from the ground up.

“We are proud to be partnering with CAD MicroSolutions to reach even more Canadian businesses with our large-format 3D printing technology,” said Frank Marangell, President of BigRep America Inc. and Executive VP of Global Sales. “We are confident that with their experience and expertise, BigRep will be a key player in the AM space in Canada.”

CAD MicroSolutions is the largest Canadian value-added-reseller of BigRep 3D printing solutions, and will provide consultation, sales and support for BigRep technology across Canada starting immediately. To learn more about the capabilities of BigRep’s 3D printing technology and the range of applications it is suited for, visit www.cadmicro.com or call 1-888-401-5885.

About CAD MicroSolutions
CAD MicroSolutions, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, has been providing engineers, designers and manufacturers with 3D technology and training for the entire product development lifecycle for over 30 years. CAD MicroSolutions is uniquely positioned to help their clients enable innovation across Canada, selling and supporting 3D printing solutions, virtual and augmented reality, as well as design automation software, training and consultation to help clients in mechatronics innovate, design and succeed. For more information about CAD MicroSolutions, please visit www.cadmicro.com or call 1-888-401-5885.

For further information please contact Darren Gornall, dgornall@cadmicro.com, (416) 213-0533.