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Canada Makes funds Shimifrez project with the Metal Additive Demonstration Program

Shimifrez expansion to create eight jobs at its new facility in Vaughan

Shimifrez Inc., a global leader in fabricating precision photo chemically etched and electroformed of micro metal components, announces the kick off of a $750K expansion that will create eight additional jobs at its new facility in Vaughan, Ontario.

“Shimifrez is committed to a culture of continuous improvement. As 9100 certification illustrates our ongoing efforts to improve in all areas of our business, we already observe stringent quality standards since we supply highly regulated industries such as medical and micro electronics, demonstrating our commitment to quality,” said Hassan Nojoumi, President of Shimifrez Inc.

Canada Makes helped fund, through its Metal Additive Demonstration Program, the photo electroforming of copper parts, an additive process that can control the tolerances to +/1um on the feature and thickness of the parts.

“The Metal Additive Demonstration Program goal is to develop a world-class supply chain of companies, Canada Makes is pleased to see Shimifrez expanding its operations to help achieve the goal,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes.

Nojoumi added, “Canada Makes assistance helped Shimifrez take a big step in developing our capabilities to deliver rapid-response service for micro components to several precision industries such as the aerospace/satellite, Medical, Automotive, Telecommunications and micro- electronics sectors.”

Electroforming is a fabrication process through which a highly accurate negative replica is produced from a mandrel or master surface. It also stands out in terms of high repeat-ability and complex thin metal products. The highly resolution of the conductive patterned substrate allows finer geometries, tighter tolerances and superior edge definition.

Precision photochemical etching is a cost effective method for producing complex flat metal parts for prototyping and quantity production. Photo Chemical Etching has eliminated the cost of hard tooling and has enabled a manufacturing process accurately and much faster turn-around with no deformation and burrs.

“We recognized that there’s a major market gap, for accurate, flexible and cost effective thin metal components and services, new advanced technologies and investments in state-of-the-art capital equipment are lowering production costs, increasing productivity and allowing for the creation of new innovative products” said Nojoumi.

The fastest response time and lowest photo tooling costs make photo chemical machining and electroforming ideal for both prototyping and medium / large production quantities. Instead of stamping, or laser cutting Photo Etching produces highly accurate and identical components for small and large batches.

The demand now exists for relatively thin between 0.0005” (0.01mm) to 0.040” (1 mm), complex design and intricate metal components at an economical price. Shimifrez is capable of making parts from 0.02X0.02” (2X2mm) and feature size of less than 15 microns.

About Shimifrez Inc.
With over 35 of experience in the field of micro metal fabrication, Shimifrez’s activities in photo chemical etching and electro-forming is far reaching and can include creating critical components for satellites and instrumentation’s to micro meshes/grids and super fine sieves, lead frames, ultra micro metal parts, shadow and sputtering masks, fluidic channels, reticles, shims, targets, RFI/EMI/ESD board level shielding, heat sinks, Bipolar plates and consumer wearable technologies. Components can be manufactured in stainless steels, nickel alloys, beryllium copper, Metglas, Hastelloy, phosphorous bronze, kovar, inconel, DCB substrates and aluminum alloys to name a few. www.shimifrez.com

The Metal Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Program is funding by NRC-IRAP and is designed to help Canadian industries increase awareness and assist in understanding the advantages of the metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology. Canada Makes works with a group of AM experts who provide participating companies guidance of the advantages and business opportunities in terms of cost savings and efficiencies of AM.

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

Media contact:
Frank Defalco at frank.defalco@cme-mec.ca