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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

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.”


Altair Joins Canada Makes


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.



Canada Makes’ trade mission to Germany

From January 24-30, 2016, Canada Makes lead a delegation on a fact-finding mission for Canadian stakeholders in the additive manufacturing (AM) sector to visit leading German companies working in Metal AM.

The group visited OEMs such as DMG MORI, Airbus Group Innovations (the Ludwig Bolkow Campus), EOS, SLM Solutions, as well as metal service providers Hoedtke GmbH & Co. KG and FIT AG Additive Manufacturing Group.


Canadian delegates standing with an M 290 EOS at EOS headquarters in Germany

Canada Makes delegates were able to acquire a wealth of knowledge about how to improve AM competitiveness in Canada, as well as discuss some the exceptional technologies being developed in Canada. One example is Equispheres, a Canadian start-up who manufactures and markets a unique product line of ultra-high-performance spherical metal powders engineered for AM, specifically Metal AM and Cold Spray AM. On several occasions Kevin Nicholds, CEO of Equispheres, was asked in a most curious manner, “How do you do that?”

Key to the success of the trade mission was the development of long lasting relationships. These help to tear down trade barriers between countries by ensuring knowledge and awareness is shared in both directions, and products and services are more easily made available to those in need on either side.

Canadian delegates are hosted at the Hoedtke facilities.

Hoedtke hoisted a Canadian flag to welcome Canadian delegates

Canada Makes advocates on behalf of additive manufacturing while also seeking new markets, opportunities, and partners who can improve the Canadian manufacturing sector.

The trip proved worthwhile for all participants. “This trip has been fantastic,” said Gerard Peets, Director General of Industry Canada Manufacturing and Life Sciences Branch.

Many delegates expressed interest in more missions leading Canada Makes to start planning its next mission with an eye on the UK as a good next stop as well as a return to Germany and even China.

“The goal is to keep Canada competitive,” said Frank Defalco, the Manager of Canada Makes who led the trade mission. “We are building partnerships on behalf of our members that will carry Canada through these tumultuous economic times and keep our manufacturers up-to-date on the latest technologies.”

We are very appreciative of the following companies for kindly hosting our Canadian delegation and for sharing their knowledge and time.

DGM MORI in Pfronten – This was the focus of the DMG MORI Open House event at DECKEL MAHO. with an exhibition area of 7,400 m², the machine tool manufacturer showcased 90 high-tech exhibits live in operation. The highlight was the new LaserTec 65 3D machine with additive and subtractive manufacturing capabilities.

Airbus: Ludwig Bolkow Campus in Munich – The Ludwig Boelkow Campus (LBC) was founded in March 2012. The only innovation campus of its kind lies just outside of Munich and combines cutting-edge research with first-class vocational training and continuing education. In addition, it specifically aims to draw high-tech aerospace and security companies to its site. The highlight here was a visit to APWorks, which is a wholly owned Airbus start-up designed to market technologies developed by Airbus in other (non-aerospace) markets. For example, it uses additive manufacturing expertise developed at AGI in the high-end automotive sector, including F1 racing.

EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems in Munich – EOS is a world leader in powder bed laser sintering machine manufacturing. They are currently members of Canada Makes and this proved to be a most valuable stop for knowledge and relationships.

FIT AG Additive Manufacturing Group North of Munich – FIT Technology Group has specialized in innovative solutions in the field of additive manufacturing. Ranging from Rapid Prototyping to serial production, software, and hardware development. They are able to provide all services under one roof, quickly and reliably. Fit is a leading-edge contract manufacturer for additive manufacturing with impressive growth of 40 per cent since 2013.

Hoedtke GmbH & Co. KG near Hamburg – A high-quality metal fabricator established in 1937, which has been an early adopter of a number of laser technologies. Canada Makes’ interest here was their recent installation of a DMG Mori LaserTec 3D 65.

SLM Solutions GmbH – SLM is an experienced company that transformed its history in mining and metallurgy into additive manufacturing. They are an OEM of powder bed technology and are experiencing rapid growth.

Representing Canada on this mission were Canada Makes / Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), CRIQ, Equispheres, Industry Canada, Manufacturing and Life Sciences Branch, Québec Metallurgy Centre (CMQ), Ptooling, Precision ADM, Whitfield Welding Inc. and Sheridan College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies.

To learn more about Canada Makes or become a member, please visit our membership page.

Canada Makes would like to thank Hendrik Taulin, Trade Commissioner Investment from the Canadian Embassy in Germany, for being a great guide and helping put together this great initiative.

Trade Mission: Hoedtke and SLM Solutions

On the trade mission to Germany, Canada Makes connected with Hoedtke GmbH & Co. KG. and SLM Solutions.

For over 75 years, Hoedtke have been an innovative service provider in the field of diverse metalworking processes. The group displayed their technologies to Canadian delegates, who arrived to the pleasant surprise of a Canadian flag raised in front of the building (see below).


Canada Makes delegation visiting Hoedtke GmbH & Co. KG in Pinneberg
near Hamburg Germany. Hoedtke CEO Jeachim H. Hoedtke (second from left)

Canada Makes was hosted by the CEO Jeachim H. Hoedtke who demonstrated Hoedtke’s skills with metal manufacturing. The company is a global leader in additive manufacturing, specifically with processes that involve metals.

Next, delegates visited SLM Solutions, who are experiencing rapid growth and expanding their operations.

SLM Solutions during Canadian trade mission to Germany

SLM Solutions showroom in Lübeck near Hamburg Germany

About SLM Solutions

SLM Solutions, one of the pioneers in the sector of Rapid Manufacturing Systems, headquartered in Lübeck, Northern Germany, serves customers in the fields of Vacuum Casting and Metal Casting and has a multi-decade history and track record of innovation, taking into account its predecessor companies. During the last years, SLM Solutions focused on the selective laser melting technology.

About Hoedtke GmbH & Co. KG.

As engineering office and production plant, Hoedtke metal and laser technology has specialized in the handling and processing of metallic materials. For different industries, Hoedtke designs and develops parts, components and systems all the way to large- scale production. This includes also the qualification of manufacturing processes and the production of prototypes. Hoedtke has special expertise in various manufacturing techniques, in particular the laser technology, vacuum technology, and surface finishing.

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.

DMG Mori: Technology for the future

On January 26, 2016, the capabilities of new German technology were demonstrated to Canada Makes and Canadian delegates by DMG Mori, a leading international manufacturer of lathes, machining centres, multi-axis turning centers, and grinders who have adopted additive manufacturing technology.

The potential for additive manufacturing is being pressed from all sides by the new technology. One example is the DMG Mori Lastertech 65 3D, a 5-axis milling machine with the ability to work ten times the speed of current powder bed technologies.

“What these machines are capable of is truly astonishing,” says Frank DeFalco, Manager for Canada Makes who is leading the trade mission. “Partnerships between Canadian and German industry leaders ensures that information about these processes is flowing in both directions.”


Canada Makes delegation fronting DGM MORI’s Lasertec 65 3D

The highlights of the machine’s technical capabilities are worth note. From the DMG Mori website:

  • MILL + LASER: Full 5-axis milling machine from DECKEL MAHO in stable monoBLOCK®-design; flexible integration of a laser head by HSK-interface
  • Complete machining in milling quality with fully automated change between milling and laser operation
  • Laser deposition welding with powder nozzle: 10-times faster vs. powder-bed-process
  • Large working room for workpieces up to ø 600 mm, 400 mm height and max. 600 kg

Canada Makes’ trade mission is focused on bringing leading ideas and technologies to Canadian additive manufacturers to ensure that our Canadian economy stays connected and competitive.


Additive Metal Manufacturing (AMM): Canada Makes newest member

Additive Metal ManufacturingOTTAWA January 7, 2016 – Canada Makes is pleased to announce its newest member, Additive Metal Manufacturing (AMM). Located in Toronto with new state-of-the-art additive metal 3D printing equipment, AMM offers local capability to design, develop, rapid prototype and manufacture additive metal manufacturing solutions for this rapidly expanding sector.

Norman Holesh, CEO of AMM, offered this “we are very excited about joining CME / Canada Makes and look forward to partnering with industry and educators in doing our bit in promoting the understanding and adoption of additive manufacturing in Canada and working with designers to produce more efficient components that were previously not possible.”

“AMM brings the knowledge and capability very much needed by companies looking to adopt this essential new technology,” said Martin Lavoie, CME Director of Innovation. “Canada Makes is proud to have AMM join us in facilitating the adoption of metal additive manufacturing technology to Canada and helping ensure our economy stays competitive.”

About the AMM
AMM intends to be the most progressive, productive and respected leader providing integrated and advanced manufacturing technology solutions within the emerging market for Additive Manufacturing to ensure that our industries have the best opportunity to excel and Take Back Manufacturing for Canada. www.additivemet.com

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


Canada Makes Announces Equispheres as Leadership-Level Partner

Equispheres inc.OTTAWA — (November 5, 2015) — Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters’ (“CME”) Canada Makes is proud to announce its newest Leadership Partnership with Equispheres Inc. Based in Ottawa, Equispheres develops, manufactures and markets a product line of ultra-high-performance metal powders, specifically for additive manufacturing (AM).

“Metal powders are the fastest-growing segment of the additive manufacturing materials market and are key to expanding the adoption of AM in many sectors of manufacturing,” said Martin Lavoie, CME Director of Innovation. “Equispheres’ innovative production process holds the potential for the company to become a world leader in the manufacturing of metal powders specifically engineered for additive manufacturing.”

Equispheres Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Nicholds commented, “Our involvement with Canada Makes has already resulted in significant new industry relationships and we are very pleased by the enthusiastic reception of our powders. We are proud of our association with Canada Makes — the premiere additive manufacturing organization in Canada — and look forward to advancing additive manufacturing in Canada together.”

About Equispheres Inc.

Founded in 2015, Equispheres Inc. is a privately held Canadian company specializing in the production of unique metal powders for additive manufacturing (metal AM). Equispheres’ proprietary atomization technology produces uniform spherical metal powders, which bring superior performance, consistency and control, currently unavailable in the additive manufacturing industry. Commercial-scale production is scheduled to commence in Q1 2016. For more information on Equispheres, please visit www.equispheres.com.

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.com.


Stratasys’ 2016 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge is Now Accepting Entries

Make a Difference, a new bonus category, invites students to submit designs that impact individuals, communities or the environment in a positive way

Stratasys' 2016 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge is open to students worldwide. (Graphic: Stratasys)

Stratasys’ 2016 Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge is open to students worldwide. (Graphic: Stratasys)

Stratasys Ltd. , a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, is now accepting entries for the 12th annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge.

Open to students worldwide, this annual 3D printing challenge invites students in engineering, design and art or architecture to design a new product that improves how a task is accomplished or to redesign an existing product. Entries should be mechanically sound, realistic and achievable, and are judged based on:

  • Sound mechanical design
  • Compelling description (written and/or video)
  • Design creativity
  • Product usefulness
  • Aesthetics (art and architecture category)

Individual students or two-person teams are required to create designs using 3D CAD software and to submit their files in .STL format to Stratasys online, along with a written description and/or a 30-second video explaining the value and benefit of the Extreme Redesign model. The deadline to submit entries is Feb. 4, 2016. Categories include:

  • Engineering: Secondary Education (middle and high school)
  • Engineering: Post-Secondary (university, college or post-secondary)
  • Art or architecture (any grade level)

First-place winners in every main category will receive $2,500 (US dollars) scholarships, and the instructor of the first-place students will receive a demo 3D printer for a limited time to use in the classroom. Second place winners will receive $1,000 (US dollars) scholarships. The top 10 entries in each category will receive a Stratasys apparel item (value up to $50) and regional semi-finalists will receive a 3D printed model of their design. Each person who enters will receive an official Extreme Redesign T-shirt. During the past 12 years, Stratasys has awarded more than $130,000 in scholarships.

New this year, Extreme Redesign is adding the bonus category, “Make a Difference,” which allows students to create or redesign a product that impacts individuals, communities or the environment in a positive way. The winner of this category will receive a $1,500 scholarship. In addition, the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC) is awarding a $1,000 scholarship to an entry of their choice from a NCATC member school in the post-secondary engineering category. NCATC is a network of higher education resources that promotes the use of technology applications to enhance economic and workforce development programs and services.

For more information about Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge and contest rules, visit the Extreme Redesign page on Stratasys’ website. Plus, follow the Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge on Facebook and be part of the conversation on Twitter using #ExtremeRedesign.