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Canada Makes AMAB: Call for Expression of Interest

CME is seeking interested parties to participate as part of the Canada Makes Additive Manufacturing Advisory Board (AMAB).  The Board’s main purpose is to assist CME staff to develop a national strategy and propose targeted initiatives to implement towards the objective of supporting, promoting and informing on the adoption and development of Additive Manufacturing (AM) in Canada.

We have an opportunity to form the next chapter of Canada Makes and Additive Manufacturing in Canada.  Participation from Additive Manufacturing organizations and Canada’s Additive Manufacturing experts will drive Canada forward in this sector.

Expressions of Interest will be accepted up to December 31, 2019.  If you have previously participated on the AMAB, please indicate your interest to continue. 

Contact:

Curtis Pastorius
Technical Lead, Canada Makes Program
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
1400-67 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON  M5E 1J8
c: 905-517-7989 | curtis.pastorius@cme-mec.ca

CME Canada Makes at Formnext 2019

Just two weeks ago Canada Makes led another Trade Mission to Formnext in Frankfurt, Germany.   Participating this year were 9 delegates from Canadian organizations; Precision ADM, CMQ, NRC, AON3D, and Red River College.

We met with global experts in additive materials, equipment, software, post processing and product design.  Thank you to the following companies for hosting our coordinated meetings;  AddUp, Polyshape, German Trade and Invest, SLM, Fraunhofer, Leichtbau Light Weighting Association, Tekna, GE, EOS, FIT, and Hendrik Taulin from the Embassy of Canada.    Formnext is the leading exhibition on additive manufacturing and industrial 3D Printing and we could see that by the incredible scope of applications presented in the show.

The Canada Makes Trade Mission provides opportunity to connect with international additive manufacturing leaders and to develop strong connections with fellow delegates.   For Canadian companies the trade missions also open new doors, gain new contacts and technical insight into these advanced markets.

FORMNEXT FACTS AND FIGURES

  • 852 Exhibitors – 9 Canadian – 36 total nations represented
  • 34532 Visitors – 99 nations represented
  • Four floors of exhibition space
  • Approximately half of the Exhibitors and Visitors were international

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT

Curtis Pastorius
Technical Lead, Canada Makes Program
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
1400-67 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON  M5E 1J8
c: 905-517-7989 | curtis.pastorius@cme-mec.ca

2019 3D Challenge Winner: Shreya Patki

Canada Makes was honoured to present Shreya Patki from University of Windsor her award for 1st place finish in the 2019 3D Challenge.

Below is an excerpt from her Business Case:

This is a finger-hand brace design that helps people with EDS, the elderly and others who need joint support and help with fine motor movement. The mainbrace design is based on the design of a ‘pill bug’. The pieces overlap each other so that the pieces resist backward finger movement yet allow for the fingers to curl. Beyond this basic concept, a feature that has been incorporated is the reconfigurability between only a finger brace and whole hand brace using only a couple extra bands and a wrist piece. This helps provide extra support when needed. The use of 3D printing allows for complicated patterns (as seen on the wrist piece) unlike braces currently available. As well, using additive manufacturing reduces the amount of time, waste and is more sustainable way to produce this design rather than using conventional manufacturing. Overall, this design is functional, affordable, and environmentally friendly.

Read Shreya project here!

Congratulations Shreya and we look forward to our new submissions for the 2020 3D Challenge to be announced soon. 

The Canadian Rocketry Revolution

Written by Adam Trumpour, Concept Designer at Pratt & Whitney Canada, Owner and Rocket Propulsion Researcher at AT Aerospace, and founder and president of Launch Canada (www.launchcanada.org).

“Rocket Science”. 50 years after those first footsteps on the Moon, this phrase is still immediately evocative of something almost unimaginably challenging: something demanding of the most uncompromising skill and excellence. Here in Canada, we have had our space technology niches that we excel in, but true “rocket science”, that is to say the engineering of the vehicles that enable access to space and the propulsion systems that power them, has not been among them.

Yet over the last several years, a remarkable thing has been happening. Internationally, entrepreneurial companies such as SpaceX, Blue Origin, Virgin and Rocket Lab have been rising to prominence and disrupting the space launch industry, leveraging new ideas about how to build an aerospace company, new manufacturing technologies, small, nimble teams and a mindset more traditionally associated with Silicon Valley than aerospace. They’re building and launching rockets for lower cost than ever before and disrupting an industry that was once the domain of global superpowers and massive prime contractors. One such company, Rocket Lab, is even doing this in New Zealand, a nation with a population less than the Greater Toronto Area and almost no established aerospace industry. Clearly the landscape has shifted.

Unfortunately, Canada has been slow to catch on. For far too long, we’ve been held back by a very self-limiting mindset that says “we’re too small; we need to stick to what we’ve always done”. This is the very sort of attitude that causes us to fail to recognize new opportunities, fail to perceive that the world is changing around us, and fail to respond to that change.

Yet under the radar to most Canadians, a rapidly growing movement has sprung up right across the country. It’s being driven by students and grassroots innovators (and a smattering of professionals as well) who are inspired by what they see happening elsewhere at innovative companies like SpaceX and the vast potential and opportunity it represents, and are no longer satisfied with being told that they can’t do that here.

Where just a few years ago there was almost nothing, today there are around 20 university rocket teams right across the country, representing nearly 1000 active students. All are building sophisticated vehicles and pushing the technological envelope in everything from advanced composite structures and supersonic aerodynamics to liquid rocket propulsion and additively manufactured high performance rocket engines. And they are dominating at major international competitions. At the world’s largest student rocket competition, the Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico, Canadian teams regularly take home the top awards in spite of making up less than 15% of the entrants in the competition. What’s more, this level of excellence has been consistent. Talk about punching above our weight – all this in an area of space technology and cutting-edge manufacturing that, supposedly, “we don’t do here”!

Building on this demonstrated passion and exceptional talent, four Canadian teams are even participating in the Base 11 Space Challenge, a $1 million US competition to become the first university team to successfully design, build and launch a liquid-propellant rocket all the way to space: 100 km altitude. This is by far the most advanced, most challenging student design competition ever undertaken, and this past June, two of those Canadian teams placed in the top 5 in North America in the design phase of the competition, as voted by judges from industry leaders like SpaceX and Blue Origin.

Yet there remains a serious disconnect. In spite of all this raw passion and demonstrated world-class talent, there have been few avenues of support for them in their home country. Canada has not yet caught on to the incredible potential they represent, and they frequently don’t even have the opportunity to launch their more advanced rockets here. Far too often, they are forced to either abandon their passion, or leave the country to pursue opportunities abroad. We are losing some of our brightest, most talented and motivated individuals due to a lack of support and opportunity.

When there is this much raw passion and demonstrated talent, yet virtually no support to help it thrive, it points to a serious disconnect. We want to consider ourselves a nation of innovators, but innovation does not happen in a vacuum. It emerges most reliably when you have an ecosystem that is conducive to it, that cultivates opportunities to develop practical skills and supports those with the passion and talent to do great things.

As I write this, work is underway to create the inaugural Launch Canada rocket innovation challenge (www.launchcanada.org) , the first-ever major Canadian rocket competition that aims to finally give Canada’s student rocketeers an outlet to pursue their activities here in Canada, take them to the next level, learn, collaborate and compete. At the same time it will provide a highly visible showcase of the kind of Canadian engineering excellence that they’ve been repeatedly demonstrating internationally but until now has been largely unseen at home. Major emphases of this competition will be design, development and testing of novel rocket-related technologies and components, and entrepreneurial thinking about the potential applications and business cases.

Collaboration and partnership are key pillars of this initiative: bringing together these students with professionals from industry, government and the investment community who can give them guidance and support; and creating win-win situations for everyone involved. And central to this is advanced manufacturing.

Rocketry, whether amateur or professional, is at its core an exercise in high-skill advanced manufacturing optimized for weight and cost. Additive manufacturing, advanced composites, exotic materials and joining processes combine with conventional machining and fabricating to enable the amazing feats of cutting-edge rocket companies like SpaceX. Metal additive manufacturing processes, for example, have become key enablers for complex liquid rocket engine designs that operate at extremes of temperature and pressure, and lightweight fluid controls for these systems. Helping Canada’s students and rocket innovators to access and leverage these processes will enable them to turn their passion and ingenuity into real hardware, build the skills that will help them become tomorrow’s leaders in Canadian industry, and even lay the groundwork for new aerospace technologies and companies.

At the same time, students and amateurs fueled by passion for the technology have the freedom to pursue genuinely novel designs and concepts with higher technical risk than traditional aerospace companies would be willing to assume, and at far lower cost than a company could achieve. While this risk has been a major roadblock to the adoption of novel manufacturing techniques like additive in cutting-edge aerospace applications, student rocketeers are able to fully embrace it and provide the kind of real-world testing, hardware demonstration and manufacturing process qualification in the most demanding of applications that can help refine manufacturing processes and accelerate their adoption in industry. After all, 3D printing a complex part is one thing, but proving that part in the extreme environment of a rocket engine is a vastly more effective demonstration of the process.

We’re creating Launch Canada because we’ve seen the talent and the potential of these grassroots rocketeers, but to truly unleash it, we need your help. We have skilled, driven young “rocket scientists” across this country who believe in what they’re doing and where they can take it. It’s high time we as a nation started supporting them and showing them that we truly believe in their potential to achieve amazing things, right here in Canada.

If supporting and tapping into this extraordinary and rapidly growing rocket science talent and helping to grow this nascent new high-tech industrial segment sounds intriguing; if you share in our belief in the limitless potential of Canadian talent and our excitement in helping it to thrive, I invite you to get in touch and help us #LaunchTheNorth!

Canada Makes, Burloak and MDA team up to create innovative satellite antenna parts

Canada Makes is a division of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), currently delivering a federal program that supports manufacturing advancement initiatives. Burloak Technologies Inc. of Oakville Ontario is the Additive Manufacturing (AM) division of SAMUEL. MDA, a Maxar company, has operations across Canada, including in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, which develops and manufactures satellite antennas and communications subsystems. These three organizations recently partnered to produce 3D-printed titanium and aluminum parts for satellite antenna applications. The projects they undertook validate that AM technology provides accelerated and cost-effective solutions for making space parts. One advantage is that AM allows designers to consolidate into “one item” a sub-assembly that would traditionally be comprised of multiple parts (including part flanges, fasteners and assembly effort for putting them together). Consequently, the single piece allows for smaller packages, mass savings and designs that could not otherwise be conceptualized with the limitations of conventional/computer numerical control (CNC) manufacturing technologies.

Canada Makes enabled, with funding from the National Research Council (NRC) through its Metal Additive Demonstration program, the manufacturing development and build of the following two parts at Burloak Technologies:


3D Printed Titanium HRM Bracket (7 ¼” x 6 ¾” x 3 ½”)


3D Printed Aluminum Quad-Antenna (3” x 1 ½” x 2 ¾”)

For the Titanium Antenna Hold Down and Release Mechanism (HRM) bracket, the approach was to take a conventionally/CNC-machined part and build it using AM techniques without making any changes to the design. The goal was first to ascertain if it was indeed printable, and to also measure the time and cost savings of AM compared to conventional/CNC machining approach.

For the Aluminum Quad-Antenna, the objectives were to minimize wall thickness to make the part as compact and as light as possible, to obtain as-printed smooth walls to minimize RF losses, and to establish compensation techniques to cancel-out the 1G sagging effect of unsupported 45° ceilings during printing.

Through this Canada Makes initiative, MDA and Burloak were able to successfully prove that AM of the titanium HRM bracket resulted in cost and schedule savings in the order of 40%. Similarly, MDA and Burloak successfully proved that the aluminum Quad-Antenna was printable with smooth surfaces (64 micro-inch), thin walls (as low as 0.012”) and with the ability to compensate for the 1G effect on 45° unsupported ceilings.

“This is yet another example of how additive manufacturing is transforming how satellite parts are being manufactured,” said Eric Amyotte, MDA Vice President, Antennas and Electronic Products. “These parts were 3D printed by Burloak and then tested by MDA. Canada Makes is definitely helping to fast-track the acceptance of AM for space application.”

“One of the objectives of the Canada Makes program is to stimulate the Canadian additive manufacturing industry, and the two highlighted successful projects definitely promote the use of AM,” said John Rodic, Program Manager at Canada Makes.

The Metal Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Program is delivered by Canada Makes through funding by the NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP). The program is designed to increase Canadian industry’s awareness and assist in their understanding of the advantages of metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology. Canada Makes works with a group of AM experts who provide guidance to participating companies with respect to the advantages, business opportunities, cost savings and efficiencies of AM.

About MDA
MDA is an internationally-recognized leader in space robotics, space sensors, satellite payloads, antennas and subsystems, surveillance and intelligence systems, defence and maritime systems, and geospatial radar imagery. MDA’s extensive space expertise and heritage translates into mission-critical defence and commercial applications that include multi-platform command, control and surveillance systems, aeronautical information systems, land administration systems and terrestrial robotics. MDA is also a leading supplier of actionable mission-critical information and insights derived from multiple data sources. Founded in 1969, MDA is recognized as one of Canada’s most successful technology ventures with locations in Richmond, Ottawa, Brampton, Montreal, Halifax and the United Kingdom. MDA is a Maxar company (TSX: MAXR) (NYSE: MAXR). For more information visit www.mdacorporation.com and www.maxar.com.

About Burloak
A leader in the additive manufacturing industry, Burloak Technologies provides engineering and designs for additive manufacturing, materials development, high precision CNC machining, post-processing and metrology. Burloak is a supplier to leading aerospace, space and energy companies and is registered to AS9100D, ISO9001 and is Canada Controlled Goods Approved. Burloak Technologies is a division of Samuel. For more information, visit www.burloaktech.com.

About Samuel
Founded in 1855, Samuel, Son & Co. is a family-owned and operated integrated network of metal manufacturing, processing and distribution divisions. With over 5,000 employees and 100+ facilities, Samuel provides seamless access to metals, industrial products and related value-added services. Supporting over 40,000 customers, we leverage our industry expertise, breadth of experience and the passion of our people to help drive success for North American business – one customer at a time. For more information, visit www.samuel.com.

DMG MORI joins Canada Makes

Canada Makes is pleased to welcome DMG MORI Canada as its newest Leadership level partner. A global leader in machine tool manufacturing, DMG MORI offers a unique product range of metal additive manufacturing machines, including powder bed Selective Laser Melting (SLM) and Laser Deposition Welding on the LASERTEC 3D systems.

“Including the world-class DMG MORI in the Canada Makes network is a big plus for us,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “The capabilities offered by combining their different process chains available for additive is truly inspiring and I look forward to working with DMG MORI in bringing innovation solutions to Canadian industry.”

DMG MORI has successfully performed on the additive manufacturing machine market for over five years with the laser deposition welding and metal-cutting machining with the LASERTEC 3D hybrid series. In addition to establishing and expanding the digital process chain DMG MORI has also developed a full-line in additive manufacturing. While the LASERTEC 65 3D is geared solely towards laser deposition welding as a complement to existing machining on the shop floor, the LASERTEC 30 SLM 2nd Generation with its new Stealth design expands the portfolio to include powder bed using selective laser melting.

The portfolio includes four complete process chains for additive processes using powder nozzle or powder bed technologies.

Thanks to the combination of additive manufacturing technologies with conventional CNC machines DMG MORI has realized four individual needs-based process chains.

On January 26, 2016, Canada Makes lead a trade mission to Germany and we were lucky to have a full day tour of the DMG MORI open house at DECKEL MAHO Pfronten to see the latest innovations and groundbreaking technologies on offer. Learn more here http://canadamakes.ca/dmg-mori-technology-for-the-future/

About DMG MORI

The DMG MORI group is a global manufacturing leader of CNC machine tools. The product range includes high-tech turning and milling machines, as well as Advanced Technologies, such as ULTRASONIC, LASERTEC, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, automation and complete technology solutions for the Automotive, Aerospace, Die & Mold and Medical industries. The APP-based control and operating software (CELOS) and innovative products of Software Solutions enable DMG MORI to shape the future for Industry 4.0. DMG MORI also supports its customers with a wide range of training, repair, maintenance and spare part services covering the entire machine life cycle. As a ‘Global One Company’ with over 12,000 employees, DMG MORI is present in 79 countries around the world. A total of 157 international locations are in direct contact with customers. https://ca-en.dmgmori.com

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Trade Mission: Canada Makes to visit the UK

Canada Makes is leading a trade mission to the UK this coming June 6th.  The delegation will visit institutions using metal additive manufacturing with a particular emphasis on aerospace.

Following Canada Makes’ successful trade mission to Germany this past January, it was decided more international trade missions for Canada’s additive manufacturing sector would be good business.

“The Canada Makes Trade Mission to Germany was a great way for our company to connect with international additive manufacturing leaders,” said Martin Petrak, the President and CEO of Precision ADM. “We also took the opportunity to meet with other Canadian companies interested in collaborating on national and international business opportunities.”

This mission includes a full four-day agenda, including visits to Renishaw, GKN Aerospace, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre AMRC both at the University of Sheffield and likely Jaguar.

In addition to your own travel and accommodation costs, Canada Makes/CME will charge an administration fee of $500.

A limited number of spaces are available on a first-come-first serve basis.

Contact Frank Defalco for more information and to apply for the trade mission:
(613) 238-8888 ext:2267
frank.defalco@cme-mec.ca

Read about our highly successful trade mission to Germany here.

About Canada Makes:

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

Nova Scotia Community College joins Canada Makes

OTTAWA –Nova Scotia Community College Canada Makes welcomes, as a new member, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), as a Centre of Excellence for additive manufacturing.

Equipped with a Renishaw AM 250 3D Metal printer, the school provides excellent additive manufacturing skills and experience to their students and industry partners in advancing the additive manufacturing industry.

“NSCC partnership with Canada Makes helps promote new advanced manufacturing capabilities from coast to coast,” said Frank Defalco, Manager of Canada Makes. “Canada Makes is proud to include NSCC’s experience and leadership to our additive manufacturing network.”

“Additive manufacturing is a fast emerging and evolving component of the advanced manufacturing arena,” said Abid Ahmad, Academic Chair, Mechanical & Industrial Technologies/Aviation Institute/Applied Research. “Joining Canada Makes will expand NSCC’s network and allow us to learn from each other as we continue to develop and share additive manufacturing skills and knowledge.”

About NSCC:
NSCC has 13 campuses in communities across the province which offer over 120 programs in five academic schools, reflecting labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC is committed to graduating students with leading-edge skills and knowledge who are immediately prepared to use their talents in their work and communities.

About Canada Makes:
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

Manufacturing Innovation Key to Federal Budget 2016

Canada’s manufacturing sector is the cornerstone of the Canadian economy as a major driver of employment, GDP, research, and exports. The sector received several important measures that were specifically called upon by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and our members to boost productivity, innovation, and investment.

“Today’s Budget made several important measures to support Canada’s innovative and economically critical manufacturing and exporting sector,” said Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Senior Vice President Mathew Wilson. “The most critical of which was the realigning of Canada’s innovation support network and further strengthening ties between post-secondary institutions and industry.”

Canada’s manufacturing sector accounts for:

  • 1.7 million direct employees
  • 11 per cent of all economic activity
  • 45 per cent of private sector research and development
  • 70 per cent of exports

“CME members had called on the federal government to support innovation in order to boost manufacturing activities across the country. The most important measure noted in the budget was the alignment of support across government departments with a specific focus on advanced manufacturing, including new product development, commercialization and production,” said Wilson. “While much work in this area remains, this is a positive first step towards defining an innovation agenda to drive economic growth in Canada.”

Wilson added, “we also were pleased to see the governments continued support for work integrated learning and enhanced support for employer driven training through and expanded Canada Jobs Grant. One of the largest obstacles to growth in manufacturing and exporting is finding and developing the right people with the right talents. This commitment and support is very welcome.”

CME also applauds specific measures including:

  • Long term infrastructure funding
  • Tax measures to support adoption of green technologies
  • Specific support for manufacturing sectors such as automotive and food processing
  • Commitment to implement Canada/Europe Free Trade Agreement
  • Additional tariff reductions for manufacturing inputs
  • Commitment to modernize and strengthen Canada’s trade remedy system

“Even with a low dollar, we can’t afford to take our eyes off the importance of investment in new products, new technologies, and new skills for manufacturing success and job growth across the country. The budget takes several important steps to help companies make these critical investments.”

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Altair Joins Canada Makes

Altair

Canada Makes is pleased to announce Altair Canada as a new member. Altair’s software helps maximize the potential of additive manufacturing technologies to design and optimize high performance, weight efficient, innovative products. Through innovative, cost-effective, simulation-based solutions for complex problems, they have been key in transforming the aerospace and automotive industries.

“Altair brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Canadian manufacturing,” said Frank Defalco, Manager of Canada Makes. “Their contributions in the additive manufacturing sector helps to foster an ecosystem of growth and innovation that is essential for growth in Canada’s additive manufacturing sector.”

“The future of advanced manufacturing in Canada is extremely bright,” said Bob Little, President of Altair Canada, “and we are very much aware of the excellent work Canada Makes is doing to make certain Canadian companies remain global technology leaders.  Altair is happy to offer our time, technology, and financial support to that cause.”

Altair’s award-winning optimization technology generates efficient, organic-looking shapes that are ideal for advanced manufacturing methods. Coupling additive manufacturing and topology optimization greatly expands design freedom and creativity to get the best possible design. Design is critical to the success of a project that involves additive manufacturing. Altair’s software excellence has cemented their position as a leading contributor to the direction of the industry.

About Altair:

Altair’s corporate culture thrives on seeking out business and technology firsts to radically change the way organizations design products and make decisions.  Founded in 1985, Altair is headquartered in Troy Michigan with regional operations throughout 22 countries and a staff of more than 2,000 innovative employees. For more information about Altair visit their website.

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 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, printable electronics, 3D printing with electronics embedded, the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, and more.

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