Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and Canada Makes are pleased to announce a National 3D Printed Musical Instrument Challenge 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 competition, open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents, runs from 1 March, 2018 to 15 April, 2018 at midnight EDT.
There is an epidemic of performance injuries among professional musicians and music students. Prestigious music schools in Canada and internationally have responded to this issue through preventative education and bringing medical professionals to campus. The 3D Printed Musical Instrument Challenge offers an opportunity to address root causes of the issue insofar as it relates to instrument design.
“We want to do better for the next generation of musicians. 3D printing creates the opportunity to build structures that just weren’t possible before this technology. Our objective is to inspire designers, as individuals or teams, to engage in this multi-disciplinary challenge. We aim to help musicians excel in their craft, while pushing the boundaries of what is possible through improvements in design.” – Frank Defalco, Canada Makes
This design challenge encourages innovation in the design of musical instruments that integrate the latest science in ergonomics and the power of 3D printing for manufacturing.
“3D printing offers a whole new world of what could be possible in instrument creation. During the Industrial Revolution, major changes were made to instruments providing them with a greater range of expression and with more control over how loudly and softly they could play. This profoundly changed the way composers wrote music.
Today, with 3D printing, we want to see what kinds of instruments can be created with this new technology, and the new music it inspires today’s composers to create.” – Maestro Alain Trudel.
The winning entry will receive the KUN Prize, valued at over $35k, which includes a fabrication and fitting budget, performance of the instrument at the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 autumn 3D StringTheory concert, 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.
For more information and to be part of our project, visit: ottawasymphony.com/3dchallenge/
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 in Autumn 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.
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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About Axis Prototype
As one of Canada’s premier 3D printing companies, Axis Prototype offer a wide range of rapid prototyping services that turn digital models into 3D prototypes via additive manufacturing technologies such as FDM, SLS, SLA and DMLS. Prototyping services.
About Precision ADM
Precision ADM Inc. is a global engineering and manufacturing solutions provider that uses Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D Printing, as a core technology, complimented by multi-axis machining to manufacture high value components and devices for the medical, aerospace, energy, and industrial sectors. Precision ADM has created a comprehensive Advanced Digital Manufacturing™ process which includes Design Support, Engineering, Manufacturing and Finishing. Precision ADM is ISO 13485:2016 certified and headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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.
Angela Schleihauf, Project Managermarketing@ottawasymphony.com
Available for interview:
- Alain Trudel, Artistic Advisor and Principal Guest Conductor, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra
- Frank Defalco, Manager, Canada Makes
- Angela Schleihauf, Project Manager, 3D StringTheory, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra
Canada Makes and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra are launching a new Canada-Wide 3D Printing Challenge to improve or design an ergonomically optimized musical instrument that leverages the power of 3D Printing (metal or polymer) for its fabrication and remains cost-effective. The competition, open to all Canadian residents, is sponsored by Marina Kun, President of KUN Shoulder Rests Inc and the fabrication is sponsored by Precision ADM and Axis Prototype Inc.
The winning entry will collect the KUN Prize (valued at $36,500) which includes:
- Up to a $5,000 Fabrication Budget (sponsored by Precision ADM and Axis Prototype Inc);
- Up to a $5,000 Fitting Budget;
- Integration of a specific 5-minute segment for the instrument in the “3D String Theory” concert in the autumn of 2018 (valued at $20,000);
- Up to $1,500 in travel and accommodation costs to attend the “3D StringTheory” concert in Ottawa;
- One pair of tickets to attend the “3D StringTheory” concert in autumn of 2018;
- Opportunity to present at the instrument’s first public performance; and
- A $5,000 cash prize.
The Challenge Begins on March 1st, 2018, and concludes on April 15th at midnight, EST.
- Applicant must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
- Submissions must include:
- The proposed design (including a 3D STL or STEP model);
- The expected performance of the design (maximum 500 words);
- The expected acoustical performance of the instrument (maximum 500 words);
- The ergonomic improvements for the performer (maximum 500 words); and
- The fabrication process and materials (maximum 500 words)
- Submissions can be made by individuals or teams. However, only 1 pair of concert tickets will be awarded to the winning entry, and the travel and accommodation budget to attend the concert is limited to $1500.
- Subject to the challenge conditions, the winner will get to keep the instrument fabricated
Submitted designs will be evaluated on the design criteria and the top three designs will be selected for discussion with a technical committee. The winning entry must satisfy all performance criteria.
Following review by the Technical Committee, a winner will be selected. The winning designer will have their design fabricated and tested for musical and ergonomic performance. The designer will be supported with a fabrication and fitting budget to realize a functioning instrument to be delivered no later than June 30, 2018.
4.1 The design may be for a new instrument, or an improvement on an existing instrument.
4.2 The instrument must be expected to provide a musical performance deemed acceptable for a professional performance. Specifically, the instrument is expected to:
- reliably and readily produce a sound when struck, blown/buzzed, or plucked/bowed; and
- produce consistent pitches when the same note is struck, blown/buzzed, or plucked/bowed.
4.3 The design must have improved ergonomics as compared to a similar, existing instrument.
4.4 The design must integrate the use of 3D Printing (metal or polymer) for the fabrication in whole, or in parts, of the instrument.
4.5 The design must achieve a total instrument cost which is financially viable, taking into consideration the $5,000 fabrication budget, and the $5,000 fitting budget.
See Competition Rules for full Terms and Conditions
Expression of Interest: 11:59 PM ET, Sunday, March 18, 2018
Deadline for Submissions: 11:59 PM ET, Sunday, April 15, 2018
Results of Technical and Artistic Review: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Winner notification: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Delivery of Functioning Instrument: Saturday, June 30, 2018
See Competition Rules for full details regarding Expression of Interest and Submissions
Submit Expression of Interest to Artistic_Operations@ottawasymphony.com
Submit proposed design (including a 3D STL or STEP model) to Artistic_Operations@ottawasymphony.com through Dropbox
Click here to Submit Application Form
By Leo Valiquette
Products and applications using printable, flexible and hybrid electronics (FHE) are already on the market, in industries ranging from consumer electronics to packaging to secure documents to healthcare to automotive.
These manufacturing verticals each represent billions of dollars in economic activity for Canada on an annual basis. FHE represents hundreds of millions in new opportunity as industries both within and outside the domain of traditional electronics look to reinvent themselves in the face of stiff global competition.
Manufacturers must ask themselves – what can FHE add to the equation? Why should I invest in developing products and equipping my production lines to handle the processes necessary to incorporate FHE componentry into a product?
Compared to conventional electronics components and systems, FHE can deliver substantial savings in cost to manufacture. FHE components consume less power, take up less space, and can be incorporated into parts through in-mould and additive processes. They can be disposable, biodegradable and even flexible and stretchable – attributes that defy the limitations of traditional rigid components.
Just take a look at how FHE is already being adopted in the automotive supply chain.
FHE components are already found in seat occupancy sensors and heating elements, electrochromic mirror and window glass, and touch screens. Audi, BMW and others are designing taillights with OLEDs that are thinner, lighter and capable of far more stylish designs than conventional options. Jaguar Land Rover is pushing the boundaries of windshield projection and making the pillars between doors “transparent” with embedded screens. The health of the humble tire can now be monitored with printed sensors that could cost less than a penny each in mass production.
In addition to increasing occupant comfort and safety, FHE can make vehicles lighter and more fuel-efficient.
FHE electronics such as lightweight printed cables, in-mould electronics-based dashboards, lighter OLED displays and printed antennas for communications between vehicle systems can remove up to 100 kgs of weight from the typical car. OLEDs and other FHE components also consume far less power than conventional lighting and electronics, reducing demands on the battery and potentially reducing battery weight.
But this growth opportunity extends far beyond automotive. intelliFLEX and many of its members have worked to align Canada’s FHE industry with the Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, approved earlier this month by Navdeep Bains, Federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
If you want to learn about FHE applications, the market readiness of various FHE components and materials, and how the advantages of FHE are already being realized in manufacturing verticals like connected homes and intelligent buildings, packaging and consumer goods, and wearables and healthcare, come to Toronto in May.
On May 23 to 24, intelliFLEX, Canada’s not-for-profit industry alliance for FHE, hosts its annual conference and trade show exhibition, CPES2018. This is Canada’s single largest industry event. Here you can explore FHE in all its dimensions and network with potential suppliers, partners and customers to understand where and how you can expand your business in this exciting global market.
Leo Valiquette is Director of Programs, intelliFLEX Innovation Alliance.
Subscribers to Canada Makes receive a 20 per cent discount from the regular admission price for CPES2018. Use the code cpes18-cme and register at https://intelliflex.org/event/cpes2018-presented-by-intelliflex/ Chose the last option — CPES2018 – intelliFLEX Partner.
Check out this short visual overview of the FHE supply chain, to better understand how different segments of Canada’s technology sector fit.
Or learn more about how FHE impacts specific market verticals like Smart Packaging and Retail, Intelligent Buildings and Connected Homes, Aerospace and Defence, Automotive and Aerospace, Health and Wellness, Intelligent Documents and Wearables.
CME 2017 Year in Review & 2018 Economic Outlook
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) economist Mike Holden reviews the economics highlights of 2017 and provides an overview of things manufacturers should watch for in 2018.
Economists, we are told, are either always wrong, have too many hands, or hold more than one opinion each. The main risk to our outlooks is that many of the things that can swing the tide of economic growth are inherently unpredictable – wars, natural disasters, OPEC pricing decisions, stock market corrections or even US policy formation since 2016. That said, here are five known unknowns: issues, policy actions and events that we know are coming but whose impact is unclear. These issues will dominate headlines and business decisions in 2018 and could affect the outlook for the Canadian economy and the manufacturing sector specifically.
- Minimum wage increases. Opinions are divided and the rhetoric is heated. Basic economics suggests that employers will look for ways to minimize the impact. But will the promised benefits override the expected negative consequences?
- Canada-US trade relations. Literally no one knows what will happen to NAFTA in 2018, but Canada’s tough stance at the WTO suggests that our negotiators are not going down without a fight. The question is, will all this uncertainty drive risk-hedging investment out of Canada into the US?
- The impact of the US tax bill. The business tax climate in the US has suddenly improved considerably and with that comes concerns about Canada’s own tax competitiveness and ability to attract new investment. Will Canadian governments respond? Will we see more migration of investment out of Canada into the US?
- Capacity constraints in manufacturing. 2017 may have been a good year for Canadian manufacturing, but many businesses are running at close to full capacity, leaving very little room for growth. Will 2018 be the year we finally see investment in new manufacturing facilities in Canada? Or will output growth begin to stagnate?
- Government fiscal sustainability. Persistent budget deficits federally and in many provinces, are not a problem as long as they are relatively small, temporary, and counter-cyclical. Deficits outside Alberta and Newfoundland are modest, but economic growth will be slower and interest rates will be higher. Is there a path to fiscal balance?
Read the full report here
Canada Makes is pleased to announce Whitfield Welding as the latest addition to its additive manufacturing network. Since 1985, Windsor, Ontario based Whitfield Welding has provided customers with high quality, quick turnaround overlay welding service. Laser Cladding, Laser DED, and Robotic CMT Welding are among Whitfield’s arsenal of high technology additive solutions.
“Whitfield Welding is excited to be a part of Canada Makes’ growing network of companies! We were part of the first trade mission to Germany in 2016 and have been recently involved in their Metal Additive Demonstration Program. The support and funding that comes from Canada Makes has moved awareness of additive technology forward at great benefit to companies like ours.”
“Canada Makes is proud to welcome Whitfield’s unique capabilities to its network,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “Innovative solutions that exceed customer expectations are at the heart of the work Whitfield does in the additive sector. I look forward to working closely with them in offering their expertise to Canadian companies in need of their special capabilities.”
Below are lists of Whitfield’s capabilities and the advantages they offer to their customers.
Workshop: Design for Additive Manufacturing Presented by Réseau Québec-3D, CME Canada Makes & McGill University
This half-day workshop will feature presentation from some of Canada’s leading experts in additive manufacturing (AM) and offer the chance to network with some of Canada’s AM professionals. The workshop’s goal is to help industry personnel understand one of the most important components of AM, designing for additive manufacturing DfAM.
Additive Manufacturing is changing your sector whether you like it or not, be ready!
It is no secret that AM is disrupting key sectors of Canada’s economy and Réseau Québec-3D and Canada Makes are working together to bring you the expertise and knowledge needed to help understand how you can use this powerful new technology to your advantage and be ready to adapt.
As usual, networking will be a primary focus of this workshop so we plan on including breaks and a networking lunch so you can ask questions face-to-face. Experts from Altair, Renishaw, Expanse Microtechnologies and the CRIQ will offer insightful discussions in their area of expertise. We look forward to seeing you there!
Sign up now as seating is limited.
Date: March 21, 2018
Time: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: McGill University
Macdonald Engineering Building, Room 267
817 Sherbrooke Street West McGill University,
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0C3
Cost: $25 Réseau Québec-3D & CME Canada Makes Members
|8:00 – 9:00 a.m.||Registration and Networking coffee|
|9:00 – 9:30 a.m.||Welcome Remarks & DfAM||Fiona Zhao, McGill University|
|9:30 – 10:00 a.m.||Design for Additive Manufacturing||Ross Myher, Altair Canada|
|10:00 – 10:30 a.m.||Impact of new AM capability and adoption method/point||Félix-Etienne Delorme, Renishaw|
|10:30 – 10:45 a.m.||Networking Break|
|10:45 – 11:15 a.m.||Révision de la conception pour la fabrication additive, étude de cas||Denis Lépine, CRIQ|
|11:15 – 11:45 a.m.||Pushing Limits in Design for AM through Smart use of uCT||James Hinebaugh, Expanse Microtechnologies|
|11:45 – 12:00 p.m.||Special announcement – Finalists Canada Makes 3D Challenge||Frank Defalco, Canada Makes|
|12:00 – 1:30 p.m.||Networking lunch|
|1:30 – 2:30 p.m.||Canada Makes’ Additive Manufacturing Advisory Board (AMAB) AGM||Note: Only AMAB members|
Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes
Canada Makes partner EOS, a world leading technology provider in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, has expanded its production capacity and relocated its system manufacturing facilities to Maisach-Gerlinden, just west of Munich, and closer to its headquarters in Krailling. With the new facility measuring 9,000 square meters, EOS is boosting its production capacity in 2018 and is now capable of manufacturing up to approximately 1,000 systems per year. The move enables EOS to meet the growing demand for its systems, which it is now producing on an industrial scale. At the same time, its agile production processes and flexibly designed workplaces enable EOS to respond and adapt at short notice to the changing requirements of production, customers, and markets.
Nikolai Zaepernick, Senior Vice President Central Europe at EOS, adds: “Our technology is the right choice for high-quality series manufacturing applications. Industrial 3D printing has arrived in manufacturing. We installed around 1,000 systems in the first ten years of our existence as a company, this number has increased significantly, particularly during the last two years. We now have an installed base of around 3,000 systems worldwide. Over the next few years we also expect to see a further significant demand for our technology. Within the scope of digital transformation, as industrial 3D printing is one of the main driving forces taking us towards the digital factory of the future.” He goes on to say: “Our technology is therefore one of the key factors to smart manufacturing scenarios of the future and that’s why we recommend companies to get closely involved with additive technologies right now.”
Factory acceptance testing for systems in Maisach
At EOS, the quality of its materials, processes, and systems is a top priority – particularly in markets with high quality standards such as the aerospace, medical technology, or automotive sectors, where manufacturers depend on validated systems and processes. With these points in mind, EOS supports the qualification of the technology at its customers’ premises. In turn, this helps shorten the time to market for additively manufactured products.
When a customer buys a system from EOS, factory acceptance tests (FATs) are carried out. At the new plant in Maisach, customers also have the opportunity to get involved in the acceptance tests of new systems. In addition to the machine qualification customarily performed by EOS, customers can request to have specific test jobs built of parts that they actually want to produce at a later date.
EOS is the world’s leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Formed in 1989, the independent company is pioneer and innovator for comprehensive solutions in additive manufacturing. Its product portfolio of EOS systems, materials, and process parameters gives customers crucial competitive advantages in terms of product quality and the long-term economic sustainability of their manufacturing processes. Furthermore customers benefit from deep technical expertise in global service, applications engineering and consultancy.
Canada Makes is proud to announce Nanogrande as its newest member. Their game-changing direct nanoscale 3D printing technology is putting this Canadian company at the forefront of state-of-the-art additive manufacturing.
“We are proud to be part of Canada Makes, a great network that helps promote the adoption and development of additive manufacturing technologies like we have here at Nanogrande,” said Juan Schneider, CEO of Nanogrande.
Nanogrande is Canada’s first company to developed a new and original 3D printing technology. The innovative layering approach allows Nanogrande to make one-nanometer thick layers with no restrictions in terms of material type, making them the World’s first direct nanoscale 3D printing company. Their approach opens the door for nanoscale additive manufacturing of an infinite number of materials such as carbon nanotubes, graphene, nanodiamonds, nanofibers and even organic materials. What is even more impressive is that their printers can use a wide variety of materials with the precision comparable to expensive lithographic or semiconductors processes at a fraction of the cost.
“Companies who embrace new ways of manufacturing like what Nanogrande offers have the chance to be leaders in their sector,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “I’m very happy to have them as part of Canada Makes.”
In today’s high-tech world, there is a growing demand for high precision rapid prototyping and for the manufacturing of metals and a myriad of other materials. Conventional manufacturing techniques lack the ability to satisfy these growing demands. 3D printing and lithography techniques have the potential to address the short comings of traditional manufacturing. But current 3D printing technologies are limited in terms of materials, speed and resolution. For instance, powder bed fusion metal 3D printers can only handle spherical microparticles, which are difficult and expensive to produce; thus limiting the type of metals it can print.
Consider the cost of equipment investment, the time from the conception to the final production, including the prototyping phase, as well as the high cost in human expertise and the resources used in semiconductors approaches or classical high precision processes, Nanogrande’s NG-1 and NG-100 3D printers offers definite gains in time and expense.
With this extreme nanoscale precision and the ability to print a wide variety of materials, Nanogrande printers can be an integral part of the production chain for custom designing in various sectors such as defence and aerospace, medical, automotive, flexible electronics, MEMs, photonics and even in semiconductor processing. Nanograde has built strategic alliance’s with tier-one companies supplying aircraft platforms and advance research as well as development laboratories. Materials used in medical and aerospace industries are characterized by their high strength-to-weight ratio, biocompatibility and corrosion resistance, all attributes which make them difficult to machine using traditional metalworking technologies. Nanograde technology is ideally placed to meet and, in some instances, to address the challenges in the above mentioned sectors in terms of quality, speed, cost, precision and material diversity.
Nanogrande, bridges the gap between the high precision, expensive semiconductor processes and cost effective 3D printing techniques with their state-of-the-art nanoscale NG-1 and NG-100 3D printers.