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Ottawa Symphony Orchestra & Canada Makes launch a National 3D Printed Musical Instrument Challenge

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 first 3D StringTheory prototype (photo credit: Daniel Crump)

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).
Full text: https://womensbusinessnetwork.ca/download.php?id=134

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. 

Media Contact:
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

National 3D Printed Musical Instrument Challenge

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.

Competition Information:

  • 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.

Design criteria:
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

Key dates
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

 Precision ADMAxis Prototype

Canada Makes

Why the next-generation of electronics matter to Canadian manufacturers

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.


Flexible and hybrid electronics are enabling a new generation of cockpit displays and touch panels in vehicles that consume less power, can be moulded to different shapes and that have a much thinner physical footprint than conventional electronics

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.

Additional Resources

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.

Five things to watch for in 2018 – CME economic outlook

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.

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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?
  5. 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

Whitfield Welding joins Canada Makes

Canada Makes is pleased to announce Whitfield Welding as the latest addition to its additive manufacturing Whitfield Weldingnetwork. 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.

Capabilities Advantages
  • 50,000 lbs. Crane Capacity
  • Open 24 hours a day, 5 days a week and half day on Saturday – we can accommodate special requests after hours
  • 2 4kW Lasers
  • ID Head capable of cladding IDs as small as 3.25 inches
  • Full 3D modeling and CAM control ensures repeatability and accuracy
  • Off-line simulation for quick and accurate development
  • Over 20 different cladding materials on-site including many different grades of cobalt, nickel and carbide based alloys
  • Minimal dilution is achieved to keep the desired properties of the cladded material
  • Low heat input, ideal for heat treated alloys
  • Laser cladding drastically increases lifetime of critical parts
  • Well suited for robot control which gives excellent process replication
  • Higher deposition rate and larger work envelope than traditional laser additive machines



Canada Makes’ Metal Additive Demonstration Program to successfully conclude

Canada Makes will soon successfully conclude the forth round of its Metal Additive Demonstration Program. The program is well on its way to completing 60 projects this year through the engagement of 100 companies all interested in metal additive manufacturing (AM). Proving once again how very popular this program is with large and small companies from across the country.

The Metal Additive Demonstration Program, delivered by Canada Makes with funding from NRC-IRAP, has a goal to help Canadian companies increase their awareness and assist in understanding the various advantages metal AM technologies offer.

“I am proud to say that we have done projects with companies from all provinces and even one territory,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “Canada Makes has helped bring to life several AM applications in a variety of sectors and I know we will continue working with companies to deliver innovative ideas that will help shape the future of manufacturing.”

How the Metal Additive Demonstration Program works?
Canada Makes assists in assessing the needs of manufacturers and how best AM can fit into their business model. Some have needs like the fabrication of obsolete legacy parts no longer available, AM offers a relatively inexpensive solution. Others are tooling companies looking to improve productivity and gaining a competitive edge by adopting conformal cooling.

Canada Makes then introduces eligible companies projects to leading Canadian service providers of metal AM technologies who form the working group for delivery of parts. Hailing from different parts of the country, these experts provide participating companies advice and guidance on the design of a part as well as the opportunities in adopting AM to their process.

One of the primary goals of the program is for Canada’s industry to learn about the cost savings associated with AM, and how best they can take advantage of the main areas where AM excels at; light-weighting of parts, parts consolidation and complexity of design, the sweet-spots for metal AM.

“Certain parts do not make sense to use additive manufacturing for, not all problems can be solved through 3D printing but plenty can,” added Defalco. “It is knowing were to use this powerful new tool and that is what we are trying to do with this program.”

Be they SMEs or larger corporations, AM is changing how we build things and this program is there to help them learn about the disruptions coming to their sector but also de-risks their initial trials of this exciting technology. The results will create awareness and encourage the adoption of AM technology, thus improving Canada’s manufacturing and exporting sectors and our global competitiveness, resulting in new technology skills and increased employment opportunities in Canada.


Onstream Pipeline Inspection Gauge (PIG)

Since the start of the program, late 2014, Canada Makes engaged with over 200 Canadian companies and over this time we reported on some of the successful projects. Here are some of the successful projects reported on over the past few years. Starting with the recent article The future of manufacturing for the energy sector is being redefined, Onstream’s Director of Technology Stephen Westwood said this about their experience with the program. “Whilst 3D printing is almost competitive on existing parts the benefits are truly reaped when designing new parts. The hard part becomes letting go of your prejudices regarding what can and can not be made based on years of experiences with machining.”



Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) Demonstration program completes first project
Back in 2015, Burloak Technologies completed the first project of the program, a spinner/impeller to be used in a production-logging tool to measure flow. For optimum efficiency it is important the part is as light as possible allowing an quicker change of speed when a change of flow is detected. As well the part needs to be chemical resistant to improve corrosion resistance to the well fluid encountered in hostile environments.

Design improved “Venturi Cup” for Melet Plastics

Precision ADM, Melet Plastics & Canada Makes partner on conformal cooling project
Precision ADM recently completed a conformal cooling mold project that developed an improved “Venturi Cup” for Melet Plastics. One of the major factors contributing to the deformation of molded plastic parts is a lack of uniform heat distribution throughout molds. Various areas of the final part created by a mold cool at different rates creating internal stresses and deformations.

MDA spacecraft interface brackets for an antenna

Canada Makes, Fusia & MDA team up for space-bound part 
Various satellite manufacturers are using additive manufacturing to reduce the cost and time required to build spacecraft parts. 3D printing offers new possibilities for manufacturers of satellites. The building of parts with additive manufacturing allows new capabilities not available using conventional manufacturing, although it can be expensive and difficult so it is crucial to use the technology correctly where it offers true benefits. The parts are spacecraft interface brackets for an antenna and been optimised for a flight project.

Procter & Gamble Stainless Steel AM part

P&G and AMM partner with Canada Makes’ Metal Additive Demonstration Program
Procter & Gamble Belleville Plant partnered with Additive Metal Manufacturing Inc. (AMM) and Canada Makes to explore building new customized parts using additive manufacturing (AM). The example piece of work is printed to serve the combined purposes to deliver fluid to designated locations with the four extended legs while minimizing disturbance to the flow that it merges in. The vast metallurgy choices also provide a wide spectrum of chemical/environmental resistance. This illustrated part was printed in Stainless Steel taking advantage of its good anti-corrosion performance. 

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) form the majority of the businesses participating in the program. Under the current challenging economic conditions and with strong competition from low-cost countries, SMEs are interested in adapting advanced manufacturing technologies, such as additive manufacturing, to improve their competitiveness. NRC-IRAP’s financial support enables Canada Makes to work with these SMEs to organize projects and build momentum in Canada, allowing companies to see the advantages of AM technologies and improve the performance of our manufacturers to compete globally.

Canada Makes intends to continue offering this program if the powers that be agree. We hope to confirm this in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep returning to Canada Makes’ website or subscribe to our newsletter (see home page to subscribe) and stay informed about Canada’s AM sector.

Through the delivery of the program, it quickly became apparent that newcomers engaged to participate in this emerging technology shared many of the same questions and concerns. Therefore, Canada Makes developed, with its partners, two interactive guides the Metal Additive Process Guide & Metal Additive Design Guide designed to assist businesses new to metal AM who want to learn about process and designing for metal AM. The Guides are easy to use, interactive and offer useful information for the adoption of this technology.

Access is free although we request that you register. Thank you and enjoy!

Metal Additive Design GuideMetal Additive Process Guide

If you are interested in the program, please contact
Frank Defalco
(613) 875-1674

Workshop: Design for Additive Manufacturing Presented by Réseau Québec-3D, CME Canada Makes & McGill University

March 21, 2018 at McGill University SOLD OUT!Réseau Québec – 3D (RQ3D)

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.

Click here to register

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
$25 Réseau Québec-3D & CME Canada Makes Members
$50 Non-Members


Time Topic Speaker
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

Contact information:
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.

New EOS system manufacturing facility in Maisach-Gerlinden

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.

About EOS
EOSEOS 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.

Nanogrande the world’s first Nanoscale 3D printer joins Canada Makes

Canada Makes is proud to announce Nanogrande as its newest member. Their game-changing direct nanoscale 3D Nanograndeprinting 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.


60 microns in height sample on microscope glass slide

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.”


400 microns in height sample structure on microscope glass slide

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.


The NG-100 3D printer from Nanogrande

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.

For any information, contact Nanograde at info@nanogrande.com or visit our thehir website, www.nanogrande.com

The future of manufacturing for the energy sector is being redefined

Innovative additive manufacturing (AM) applications continue to emerge from Canada Makes’ Metal Additive Demonstration Program.  Winnipeg Manitoba’s Precision ADM working with Calgary Alberta’s Onstream Pipeline Inspection 3D printed parts of a new pipeline inspection gauge (PIG). The ground-breaking project is helping to redefine the future of manufacturing for the energy sector.

Due to their low volume production and complex components, conventional PIG manufacturing is expensive. By consolidating parts and improving lead times AM offered a solution to reduce costs of the new PIG improving inspection results, while allowing design to dictate form as opposed to manufacturing techniques.


Onstream Pipeline Inspection – Pipeline inspection gauge (PIG)

With the current challenge of low commodity prices and high project development costs, having access to the advantages AM technology offers can only improve our sector’s future competitiveness. Precision ADM’s the state-of-the-art AM capabilities offered Onstream the freedom to design a new and pioneering pipeline inspection gauge. Derek VanDenDriessche from Precision ADM & James Barlow from Onstream Pipeline Inspection have worked together to find optimum solutions using this innovative process.

The opportunities for AM in the energy sector are massive; with low production runs, part consolidation, freedom of design, lower inventory costs, lead times of days versus weeks, and the ability to replace legacy parts is game changing for the sector.

Additive manufacturing is not limited to aerospace and medical applications only as this project proves, the energy sector will continue to see new and disruptive applications that will change the supply chain and the way parts are built in the future.

“Canada Makes is proud to support such a great project like this where we bring two innovative companies like Precision ADM and Onstream Pipeline Inspection together and help shape the future of Canada’s energy sector,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes.

“Part consolidation of small complex parts like in use for the Onstream PIG project is leading to more companies to use AM for production work with Precision ADM,” said Derek VanDenDriessche, Director of industry and medical sales Precision ADM. “The Canada Makes program allowed Onstream to fully implement additively manufactured parts into their new pipeline inspection products giving them an advantage over their competition.”

About Precision
Precision ADM is a contract engineering and manufacturing solutions provider that uses additive manufacturing (3D Printing) as a core technology. Precision ADM has created a full Advanced Digital Manufacturing hub from Design to Engineering, to Manufacturing and finishing. Complimented by multi-axis machining capability, PADM identifies, develops, and manufactures high value components and device applications for the medical, aerospace, energy and industrial sectors. PADM is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. www.precisionadm.com

About Onstream
Onstream Pipeline Inspection uses advanced technologies to provide reliable and accurate pipeline inspection results to oil & gas producers and pipeline operators working in the North American marketplace, with a focus on continual technological and software advancement. onstream-pipeline.com/

About Canada Makes

A Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) initiative, Canada Makes is a network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of additive manufacturing in Canada. For more information on Canada Makes, please visit www.canadamakes.ca