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Canada Makes 3D Challenge 2018-19


Canada Makes is again offering its Pan-Canadian 3D Printing Design Challenge for postsecondary students enrolled in a Canadian college or university. Winners to be announced in the Spring of 2019.

Canada Makes 3D Challenge Trophy

Lisa Brock and Yanli Zou of the University of Waterloo are now part of the Canada Makes trophy’s history

Last year’s challenge was “Design solutions for a sustainable future” and is again this year. Five finalist from last year’s challenge each received $1,000 for their design. Learn more about the designs at Canada Makes announces finalists for its 3D Challenge.

The adoption of digital manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing requires new approaches to skills and training focused on building experiential and collaborative learning. To foster this objective, the Canada Makes 3D Challenge will challenge university/college teams to design a part and compete for a full one-year paid internship from a Burloak Technologies and cash prizes.

Theme: Design solutions for a sustainable future

Description: Additive manufacturing is empowering new ways to re-think design and fabrication through innovative materials, optimized structures and enhanced functionality. There is currently a drive to think about how our society is changing in the wake of population growth and sustainability concerns. Canada Makes invites student designers to participate in the 3D Design Competition with a focus on creating innovative tools or products that reduce our environmental footprint using additive manufacturing in tandem with conventional manufacturing approaches.

Such examples include (and are not limited to):

  • lightweight structures or new designs of automotive or aerospace components that reduce overall weight and fuel consumption
  • innovative components that optimize fuel or energy consumption
  • energy harvesting devices with innovative features
  • multi-purpose objects that simplify everyday life and reduce waste
  • wearable tools or objects that enhance mobility efficiency and reduce waste

Phase I – Students who wish to participate must pre-register by November 30, 2018 indicating their intent to submit a final design.

Phase II – Participants will submit a design based on the provided criteria. These designs will be analyzed and evaluated via simulation with the top finalists announced, recognized and awarded their cash prize. Deadline for submissions is February 22, 2019.

Phase III – The top five finalists will have their design fabricated and tested, and will be invited to either make a live or video presentation and have a chance at more prizes including a chance at a one-year paid internship at Burloak Technologies.


The Student/Team (no more than 3 students per team) will submit the following by February 22, 2019:

  • Cover sheet
  • 150 word description/summary
  • STL files and source files from any CAD program
  • An image of the current product design (if applicable) and a detailed description of the changes
  • Business case (800 word):
  • Justification of the product redesign, value added as measured by reduced
  • Time to produce
  • Cost impact
  • Sustainability
  • Energy consumption or renewable energy generation
  • Reduced materials
  • Promoting green design
  • Participants should define the unmet need in society or explain the waste in current solutions
  • Precisely what is being proposed
  • Why it is am improvement over existing products

Judges will choose the top 5 finalists and Canada Makes will arrange to fabricate their designs to be showcased at a final event in the spring of 2019. The finalist/teams will receive a cash prize and a chance at a one-year paid internships at Burloak Technologies.

The Challenge will have clear winning criteria and be judged on the merit of their application.

Submitted designs will be evaluated via simulation, and the top five designs will be selected for fabrication and testing based on the required criteria. The winning entries will best satisfy all of the performance criteria.

Eligibility Rules and Submission Guidelines

Terms of Acceptance

Responsibility for Submission


Contact: kaitlin.reibling@cme-mec.ca

Featured Panel “Machining Challenges in an Additive World”

The Panel will be part of the McGill AM event “Top Business Applications for Additive Manufacturing” February 27, 2019

This coming February 27 is the additive manufacturing event “Top Business Applications of Additive Manufacturing” at McGill in Montreal. Réseau Québec-3D (RQ3D), Canada Makes and McGill University partner for this industry focused event designed to help companies adopt one of the main pillars of Industry 4.0: 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing.

Last week we discussed one of the featured panels “3D Printing and Lightweight Robotic End Of Arm Tooling (EOAT),” and how it is now being used in a number of fields for manufacturing of end devices. This week we’ll have a look at the other featured panel for the day “Machining Challenges in an Additive World.”

Once again we bring in some of Canada’s leading experts on the topic metal additive and machining, the panel will be moderated by Moderator Fabian Sanchez of Siemens and includes panelists; Christian Desravines, Usinage Multiconcept, Éric Thibault, Bell Helicopter and Jared Kozub of Precision ADM.

This panel will be a good opportunity learn about best practices, the advantages and challenges companies are facing in adopting AM.

Discussion will focus on what impacts is AM having on machining and how do the technologies complement each other.

Panelist intend to talk about the importance of the design in the integration of AM through machining and offer a better knowledge of the technology and understand how we can design for AM.

Design for AM is an item that companies are struggling with (Topology optimization, part growth vs shape and loads, distortion due to metal shrinkage, surface finish, etc). Be ready to hear questions about what help AM companies can provide to end-users and the challenges to certify an aircraft part and more.

Join us on February 27 at McGill for this great opportunity to meet and learn from leading practitioners of 3D Printing and join the 4th Industrial revolution. View the agenda


Featured Panel “3D Printing and Lightweight Robotic End Of Arm Tooling (EOAT)”

The Panel will be part of the McGill AM event “Top Business Applications for Additive Manufacturing” February 27, 2019

The Réseau Québec-3D (RQ3D), Canada Makes and McGill University additive manufacturing (AM) event will feature the panel “3D Printing and Lightweight Robotic End Of Arm Tooling (EOAT).” Gilles Desharnais of Axis Prototypes, Tharwat Fouad of Anubis3D and Nicolas Lacoursiere from Proto3000 will share their expertise and talk about some of the top 3D Printing manufacturing applications.

What to expect!

Additive manufacturing AKA 3D Printing has been around in multiple forms since about 35 years ago. It has been known only to few people in product development and research and was mainly used for prototyping. It is now being used in a number of fields for manufacturing of end devices or intermediate tooling used to fabricate end user devices.

Cases of manufacturing in the medical field will be covered by this panel as well as custom manufacturing of patient specific Orthopedic devices,  interim tooling for Dental applications and more.

In the industrial space, 3D Printing is being used in support of manufacturing to produce various components such as tooling for molding or jigs and fixtures to support assembly or other steps in the manufacturing process.

A more specialized space of tooling produced with 3D Printing is End-of-Arm-Tooling for robotics, where 3D Printing provides design freedom to provide value-add solution in this growing field of application.

Teaser info!

Anubis3D President Tharwat Fouad offered us the following. “It was clear to all experts that the technology will eventually become a main stream manufacturing process and have a significant impact on industry. One of the main missing elements in the evolution of 3D printing is user creativity”

You main ask the question, why change? Why take the risk of replacing an Aluminum milled part by a plastic 3D Printed part? Answering this question to early adopters took us 3 years of hard work to make the point clear. The question that our customers are now asking their designers is, why machine it, have you checked 3D printing it first?

There are few key points learned from this experience and it was obvious time and time again. The following are tips from Tharwat on companies looking to adopt 3D printing:

1- Introducing 3D printing to a company amounts to a cultural change, it needs a top down leadership and patience, learn about it and decide where is the best fit in the manufacturing process.

2- You need a champion in the organization to build success stories and then let it organically spread among the designers.

3- Understanding that designing for Additive Manufacturing is a skill that needs to be learned. It is like taking a part designed for milling and send it to injection molding company to build it, wont work. Parts that are intended to move to additive, needs to be carefully selected and resigned first. Simply taking a part from the inventory and getting a quote for printing it will get you the wrong answer.

4- Understand that introducing the industrial 3D printing is like adding a DeWalt cordless drill to your tool box. It can make a big deference, but on its own is not going to do anything, you also need to know what to do with it. Introducing Additive is the same. It will give your designers more ways to solve a problem and gain a comparative edge only of they know when, where and how to use it.

Join us on February 27 at McGill for this great opportunity to meet and learn from leading practitioners of 3D Printing and join the 4th Industrial revolution. View the agenda.

Poly-Shape joins Canada Makes

Canada Makes is pleased to announce Poly-Shape as its newest partner to join our National Additive Manufacturing network.

With an industrial expertise developed for more than 15 years in several high tech and regulated sectors such as aerospace, medical devices, energy and more specifically motorsport, working notably with large numerous Formula 1 teams, POLY-SHAPE is recognized as an European Leader in Metal Additive Manufacturing (Metal AM) production. With a wide and diverse pool of 25 production machines and a metallurgy laboratory, the company masters all AM technologies using metal powders or wires.

“Solving future industrial challenges is the core focus of our innovative company’s strategy. Poly-Shape is your global additive industry solution provider,” Stephane Abed, CEO and founder of Poly-Shape.

POLY-SHAPE has built an impressive reputation for its expertise in metal AM, its integration of the entire AM value chain and its client focus. The company is second to none with a team of experts ensuring complete control over every aspect of every job, from design (DfAM) to delivery, including machining and finishing, this technological leadership is supported by an important R&D department.

In September 2018, Poly-Shape teamed up with another big french actor of the 3D printing, AddUp, based in Clermont Ferrand. AddUp was formed in 2016 following the decision of two French leading industrial firms, Fives et Michelin, to create a major player in metal 3D printing. AddUp and Poly‐Shape share the same vision regarding the evolution of the world of metal 3D printing and the same passion for innovation.

Top Business Applications for Additive Manufacturing

Réseau Québec-3D (RQ3D), Canada Makes and McGill University partner for this industry focused event designed to help companies adopt one of the main pillars of Industry 4.0: 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing.

Join us and learn about real business applications of additive manufacturing (AM). Hear from experts using this emerging technology and increasing both productivity and capability.

The experience and expertise of the day’s speakers and panelists is an opportunity not to be missed, as they have a track record of helping industry adopt AM and making businesses more competitive in a global market. Join us and hear about some top business applications of AM.



Martin Lavoie is Master of Ceremonies

Time Topic Speaker
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Networking Coffee
9:00 – 9:10 a.m. Welcome Remarks Dr. Mathieu Brochu, McGill University


9:10 – 9:55 a.m. Keynote: Business Case for Additive Manufacturing in Serial Production Dr. Alexander Böhm, KSB SE & Co. KGaA
9:55 – 10:30 a.m. Keynote: How Additive Manufacturing is changing the way satellites are built Gerry Senechal, MDA
10:30 – 10:50 a.m. Networking Break
10:50 – 12:00 p.m. Panel 1 – Machining challenges in an additive World Moderator Fabian Sanchez, Siemens


Christian Desravines, Usinage Multiconcept

Éric Thibault, Bell Helicopter

Jared Kozub, Precision ADM

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Additive Manufacturing in the construction sector Dr. Philip Dupuis, Creadditive
1:30– 2:40 p.m. Panel 2 – 3D Printing and Lightweight Robotic End Of Arm Tooling (EOAT) Moderator Frank Defalco

Gilles Desharnais, Axis Prototype

Tharwat Fouad, Anubis 3D

Nicolas Lacoursiere, Proto3000

2:40 – 3:00 p.m. Presentation:   CRIQ AM medical initiative Denis Lepine, CRIQ

When:      Montreal – February 27, 2019
Where:     McGill University, 3450 McTavish St, Montreal, Quebec
Cost:         100$ members / $150 non-members participant (including lunch)

Top Canada Makes stories for 2018

2018 proved to be an important year in the development of Canada’s additive manufacturing industry. See below for a recap of the top news stories reported by Canada Makes.

Nanogrande officially launches the MPL-1 a nanoscale metal powder 3D printer

CME Canada Makes delegation tours Formnext

Leading AM experts showcased at Canada Makes Forum

Burloak Technologies Announces Commercial Development Capacity on Industry’s Largest Additive Manufacturing System

Agile announces the addition of Markforged Metal X 3D Printer

Additive Manufacturing Alberta Workshop

Tekna receives $21.1 million investment from the Governments of Canada and Quebec

Wohlers Associates deliver first ever DfAM session in Canada

Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and Canada Makes Announce the Winner of the National 3D Printed Musical Instrument Challenge

Canada Makes Announces first ever winning team for the 3D Challenge

FusiA Impression 3D Métal & Groupe Meloche join forces to carry out additive manufacturing projects in the aerospace sector

AMM announces partnership with Dimanex, a global enterprise for distributed 3D manufacturing

Burloak announces $104 million investment in a new Additive Manufacturing Technology Centre

Custom Prototypes repeats as winner at AMUG with metal Roman helmet

The future of manufacturing for the energy sector is being redefined

We have asked a number of Canadian experts in Additive Manufacturing to provide us with their views on the year by answering some questions. Additive Manufacturing – Year in review – 2018



Additive Manufacturing – Year in review – 2018

As we approach the end of the year and look back, we see that a lot has happened in the world of Additive Manufacturing. To help bring the year into perspective, we have asked a number of Canadian experts in Additive Manufacturing to provide us with their views on the year by answering some questions.

  1. What trends have you seen this past year in AM?
  2. Any announcements from the past year that grabbed your attention?
  3. What is one thing from the past year that has you hopeful for Canada’s AM industry and what opportunities exist for Canada going forward in AM?
  4. What apprehensions do you have and what are some upcoming challenges?
  5. Any words of advice for those looking to use AM in the coming year?

These questions have been answered by (in alphabetical order):

  • Peter Adams, President & CEO of Burloak Technologies Inc
  • Dr. Mathieu Brochu, Associate Professor at McGill University
  • Gilles Desharnais, President of Axis Prototypes Inc.
  • Dr. Philippe Dupuis, President & Co-founder of Creadditive Solutions 3D
  • Martin Petrak, Co-Founder & CEO of Precision ADM
  • Cassidy Silbernagel, Expert in AM and Design, future PhD graduate
  • Dr. Ehsan Toyserkani, Professor at the University of Waterloo
  • Dr. Tonya Wolfe, Senior Research Engineer at InnoTech Alberta

Canada Makes would like to thank our contributors for taking the time to share their expertise.

What trends have you seen this past year in AM?

Ehsan Toyserkani

From my perspective,adoption of AM for series production has been the main trend in 2018. It seems that reliable, repeatable and affordable mass production is eventually on the horizon by AM processes.  Hardware speed and quality improvements, reliable software and a larger pool of materials adopted for AM are some of the main eye-catching trends in 2018.

Major meaningful initiatives for full adoption of AM to the automotive industry have been surfaced. Thanks to the first point mentioned above.

Tonya Wolfe

The last year has been a turning point in AM here in Alberta from a perspective of AM being a technology for other industries in other countries to one that should be implemented in current practice now.   There seems to be more designers using a desktop printer for visualization and prototyping purposes, so the growth into production will be an inevitable next step.

We have noted that AM is now a mainstream event at conferences and tradeshows both in Canada and internationally.  It is no longer a small dispersion of companies but now has its own dedicated halls and conference streams.

The technology is reaching to more remote areas and enabling local ideation and manufacturing.  However, risk of adopting premature technology is crippling the competitiveness of the local industries.  Perhaps there is an overabundance of new technology and companies are anxious in deciding what areas are best for their growth?

Gilles Desharnais

Metal is king.  FDM leads the way for Polymers… HP is now delivering and aggressively pushing MultiJet Fusion.

In the metal world, big industrial players have joined the field and are making their mark – Trumpf, DMG Mori, AddUp (Michelin-Five), GE are adding a layer of seriousness to the Powder Bed market.  The “prototyping” manufacturers (EOS, 3D Systems, SLM, Renishaw), are now being challenged by companies that have experience in making robust industrial machines that can reproduce the same quality.

The metal presence at FormNext was impressive and the marketing investment by the metal players showed the seriousness that they put into this market.

There is also a big trend of powder metallurgy being used as a source of additive manufacturing of metal.  People like BASF, DeskTop Metal, MarkForged, XJet, HP are bringing to market solutions that rely on the science of powder metallurgy to facilitate 3D Printing.  Now, there are serious challenges associated to the powder metallurgy process that is causing challenges for these solutions, namely the challenge of the part shrinkage during the post processing which can alter dimensions of the parts. Most if not all of the manufacturers are investing into the post-process and software to resolve this issue, however, to date, the solutions are not stable and universally applicable.  There is progress however, and these processes could significantly impact the cost of metal 3D Printing components.

On the Polymer side, HP Multijet Fusion seems to have finally ironed out the kinks in their systems and can now ship systems that are relatively stable.  HP’s aggressive marketing appears to be generating results as the number of systems being shipped is growing.

For Thermoplastics, the continued advanced on the FDM front are apparent.  More and more materials are being offered with most of the big engineered plastic players now present in the field… BASF, Covestro, DSM, Dupont, etc. In addition, numerous small production houses with their own recipes is increasing the scope of the offering.  On the machine side, the low bar has been set for years, and now we are seeing a growing number of high temperature solution, and also, the growing availability of large format FDM printing.

Cassidy Silbernagel

It seems that the industry is moving away from printing cool trinkets and toys as a way to showcase the technology, and rather highlighting solutions to problems which the technology can help solve. This is a much better way to help change the mindset from the idea that 3D printing is just for making cool little plasticy things. The power of Additive Manufacturing comes from it’s potential applications, which requires a different mindset. Part of this shift requires seeing the solutions others have come up with, and that is much better done with actual plastic fixtures for tooling rather than Yoda figurines and toy boats.

Mathieu Brochu

As you know, I am only involved in metal AM. Some key aspects that I found interesting, but that can all be summarized under “pushing the boundaries of AM”. I believe the race to launch AM platform has slowed down, but strengthening of what is existing has occurred. We are seeing more automation of system (fully integrated systems), where human intervention is reduced and performance optimization is increased. The field has now pushed the boundary of maximum built angle with new and innovative laser raster path, we are seeing several attempts at increasing the built speed, with multi-lasers, new recoaters, attempts to increase the powder layer thicknesses, etc. New intergrated systems with built and sinter platform integrated, etc. All these developments will definitely contributes to bring AM closer to mainstream manufacturing.

Martin Petrak

Metal additive manufacturing applications are on the rise with a growing demand for metals like Titanium, Inconel and Stainless Steel.

Philippe Dupuis

Consolidation of AM equipment offerings by industry giants continued to dominate the discussion in 2018. Large manufacturers such as Stratasys jumping into the metal additive manufacturing space, following GE Additive’s new investments in metal technologies is exciting as it validates many experts’ opinion that the massive adoption of metal AM is right around the corner.

Peter Adams

At Burloak we see customers moving from a tire kicking phase of evaluation into full blown qualifications of programs. This seems to be driven by several factors including – better understanding of the material performance – Better standards definition – the availability of multilaser AM systems which are lowering the cost of manufacture – A much more serious approach to identifying suitable applications and finally that the machine platforms are becoming more robust.

Any announcements from the past year that grabbed your attention?

Philippe Dupuis

Health Canada publishing a draft guidance document for the use of AM to produce Class III and IV medical devices paves the way to broader acceptance of this game-changing technology in the medical field for Canada. This announcement followed the CRIQ’s major investment in a medical additive manufacturing center in Quebec City and Renishaw’s opening of the ADEISS center in London, Ontario which all point towards Canada setting itself up to become a global competitor in manufacturing medical devices using AM.

Mathieu Brochu

Nothing in particular, but its more the sum of all the new opportunities, that now once integrated, makes AM even more concrete. The points discussed above.

Peter Adams

On The machines side I would say that EOS announcement of the laser array system which will lower cycle times to fractions of todays systems for plastic builds signals where the industry is heading. Several of the major metals groups finally brought their multi laser technologies to market and there have been multiple developments on the post processing side which we like.

With respect to the AM supply chain I would say that there have been a number of very large announcements that signal a shift in the market. Burloak Technologies a division of Samuel announced its $104M AMCE in Oakville, Ontario. Carpenter Technologies announced a new large scale technology centre along with the acquisition of LPW. Oerlikon continued to roll out its $300M+ investment in its AM supply chain. Siemens opened its new Material Solutions technology centre in the UK with approx. $70M of investment and Voestalpine continued to open AM focused facilities.

I found it interesting that all of these announcements had similar themes with respect to what the industry perceives is needed to be successful in additive production parts manufacture in that all of the companies focused not just on AM machinery, but rather on the whole value proposition from design through manufacture, heat treatment, machining and materials qualification as part of the service. We certainly believe that these levels of investment are really the minimum to deliver certified production parts.

Martin Petrak

Canada has its very first Metal AM machine innovator and supplier: Nanogrande, that officially unveiled the MPL-1, the world’s first nanoscale metal particle 3D printer at Fabtech 2018 in Atlanta.

Gilles Desharnais

HP’ announcement that they will go into metal additive with a binder jetting – powder metallurgy type solution.

Burloak (Samuel) commitment to their new center.

Cassidy Silbernagel

One that stands out is the TRUMPF announcement of using a green laser in a production machine and that their new printer will allow pre-heat temperatures of up to 500°C. If these two things were in the same machine, it would allow almost any material to be printed because the energy from green lasers is better absorbed by almost all metals including pure copper and aluminium, and the high pre-heat temperature reduces the thermal differential from meltpool to solid, thus reducing the internal stresses in a part, and may allow for crack suseptable materials such as nickel super-alloys to be better processed.

Tonya Wolfe

We are very proud of Onstream Technologies using AM in pipeline applications.  They are a success story of design and implementation of AM technology to improve their products.

We have also noted that large number of collaborations that are occurring in AM outside of Canada between sectors and types of organizations.  The need to work cross-disciplinary has been realized and will strengthen adoption.  This is happening in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes, but has yet to be formalized in Western Canada.

Companies such as Ethiad and Navantia are fully adopting the technology on a variety of scales.  I am not aware of Canadian companies fully adopting the technology yet throughout their practice or having an AM business unit.  In Alberta, large companies do not yet understand where AM can be integrated into their processes, but change is starting.

I think the diagram Digital Alloys put out recently showing all the metal AM processes is telling of where we are in metal AM.  There is a lot going on and we need to be cognizant that no one technology will solve all problems.  There is also a lot of work to do to decide which processes meet a company’s manufacturing needs.  For example, understanding tolerances in AM is not yet fully understood, but is critical for adoption into AM.

Ehsan Toyserkani


  1. BMW’s Additive Manufacturing Campus
  2. Carbon+ Adidas collaboration

In Canada,

  1. The announcement of NSERC Strategic Network for Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing (HI-AM)
  2. Major investment in Burloak

What is one thing from the past year that has you hopeful for Canada’s AM industry and what opportunities exist for Canada going forward in AM?

Tonya Wolfe

I am hopeful the superclusters and the initiation of the HI-AM will be a supportive role for AM in Canada.  The trade issues that have evolved recently have initiated discussions regarding reshoring manufacturing.  We have a number of unique industries that will benefit from adoption of AM (energy, agriculture and marine).  These industries need some time to redevelop their designs to take advantage of additive manufacturing.

I am an avid supporter for women in technology and manufacturing.  AM makes manufacturing more accessible to bright, creative people.  We have initiated an Alberta Additive Manufacturing Network, with the goal to make the technology accessible and at a lower risk.  The number of participants will quickly grow over the next year.

Gilles Desharnais

GE Additive is being a phenomenal evangelist to the Additive Industry with their remarkable case studies for part consolidation as a driver to their manufacturing future. With this, GE is working with Canadian manufacturers allowing these opportunities from south of the border to stimulate the Canadian AM market.

Martin Petrak

We have seen significant investments in AM capability and capacity in Canada in 2018. There is great opportunity for Canadian companies large or small to become global leaders in the Additive Manufacturing value and supply chains. With Canada’s strong natural resource base, AM capacity and capability, as well as manufactured product export track record, I feel Canada will continue to be highly competitive in AM well into the future.

Ehsan Toyserkani

The above announcements have changed the pace of AM in Canada, both academically and industrially. Canada can be a leader in R&D and also AM adoption to different industries such as aerospace and automotive.

Philippe Dupuis

The discussion around AM is starting to shift from the verticals it has been typically constrained to (aerospace, for example) towards other sectors which were once thought of as more conservative and less promising. The automotive, energy as well as oil and gas sectors are increasingly joining the bandwagon for AM adoption, and we at Creadditive are seeing a lot of interest from the construction sector in exploring disruptive technologies which could help them address the challenges that are typical of labour-intensive and extremely complex multi-discipline projects. In terms of opportunity, Canada is a very natural-resource rich country, and has a very strong position in metal powder manufacturing with companies such as AP&C, Tekna, Pyrogenesis and Equispheres, so I hope we can learn from these success stories and build an AM material processing infrastructure around our organic materials resources such as petroleum-based plastics and bio-plastic from wood products for both western and eastern Canada.

Peter Adams

Obviously you would expect me to say that the Burloak Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence was the major announcement that I believe puts Canada in a lead position. Beyond that, I think the continued adoption by academia is critical and very welcome although I do think that we need to be careful that these academic centres focus remains on R & D and education and not competing with industry as this will kill investment by the private sector. Another noteworthy event was the major expansions undertaken in Canada by AP& C and Equispheres.

Cassidy Silbernagel

I’m excited about Canada’s Innovation Supercluster Initiative and hope that it will help grow Canada’s AM sector, because right now it is very small and young compared to what is happening in Europe and the US. At the same time, this opens up great possibilities for growth and adoption in Canada for the technology.

Mathieu Brochu

To me, Canada is a raw material supplier and a end user of the technology. Massive investments in metal powder production is occurring to offer a wide variety of high quality products to the market. We are also seeing the number of printing bureau and OEM increasing the number of machine, testing the products, learning the technology. The important footsteps for a healthy AM adoption is on-going.

What apprehensions do you have and what are some upcoming challenges?

Ehsan Toyserkani

Although the level of misconception about the potential of AM has been reduced over the last few years, it is still a big challenge to control public and industry expectation. This may create negative impression if the technology readiness level will not be able to fulfil unrealistic conceptions that are wrongly disseminated in industry and public.

Other worry is the low momentum in the adoption of new materials to the portfolio of metal AM. For instance, more than 1,000 ferrous alloys are commercially available for conventional manufacturing such as casting, machining and forming; however, only a handful number of ferrous alloys have been verified for AM systems and limited production by original equipment manufacturers. Customization and validation of AM metal powders and introducing them to the market usually takes years of research and development. This may simply undermine the current momentum in AM

Philippe Dupuis

The biggest challenge for AM in the coming years will be the attraction and retention of skilled labour. The education network in Canada is strong and well versed in AM, but will most likely struggle to produce enough talent to compensate for the shortage. Companies will need to invest in training employees on the job instead of relying on a previously built skill-set. This type of training will also put pressure on the too-few equipment hours available in the marketplace already. In this sense, the challenge will be to create a model and ecosystem where academia can open the doors to laboratories and classrooms for industry and to create continuing education opportunities to reskill factory workers with skills in traditional manufacturing towards the technical skills required for AM.

Mathieu Brochu

I believe cost remains the main challenge. Cost with the capital “C”. Anything that will bring down the cost is a challenge to be solved if AM is to be mainstream and not only for smaller hi-end products. We have to keep in mind that the competing technologies are also getting technological improvements, it’s a ferocious competition. Talent is another key aspects, but numerous schools with various education level are tackling this issue.

Peter Adams

We think that the industry leading OEM’s may try to commoditize the market too soon and that this would lead to investment shortfalls and the industry would not reach its potential. The powder supply chain may not be ready to meet the scale up although investments by AP&C, Carpenter, Praxair, Equispheres etc. make provides some comfort.

Tonya Wolfe

I am concerned about risk averse company culture and the fear of ‘being first’.  We need to support retraining in the areas of mechatronics, design for additive, digital twins and data analytics.  It will be very challenging to hire people with these skill sets for the foreseeable future, so they will need to be developed internally.

The lack of investment in capital infrastructure compared to other jurisdictions is concerning.  It will be challenging to compete with limited resources.

Gilles Desharnais

My apprehension is the long term viability of Powder Bed with its significant overhead associated with supports.

Cassidy Silbernagel

I’m worried about the adoption level of AM in Canada. There is so much potential for it’s use, but Canada seems to be lagging behind the rest of the world when it comes to adoption. Before there can be any meaningful growth in this area in Canada, individuals and companies need to be aware of what AM can do for them, which means a lot of education is required for this awareness. However, Europe gained this awareness a decade ago and are showing massive growth in this area, and Canada is playing catch-up. If Canada doesn’t rapidly adopt this technology, they will miss out on some potentially huge opportunities.

Any words of advice for those looking to use AM in the coming year?

Peter Adams

I would say that you need to understand your motivation for trying AM and that you find a potential partner who can not only guide you through the process, but can demonstrate their technical competence and ability to scale with you to production.

Cassidy Silbernagel

Jump in and see what others are doing in the rest of the world with AM. Then try and find the experts who can help guide you in the journey to adopt AM. Realise that AM may not solve all of your problems, and it may not be the best solution, but on the otherhand, it could do all those things. It’s potential reaches beyond just prototypes and proof-of-concept. It can be used as actual end-use products, or help make those end-use products faster and cheaper.

Mathieu Brochu

Go before its too late. However, one need to understand that starting in AM is not as easy as it looks, and lots of efforts must be put down downstream of the first order is completed. AM is a fascinating field, but integrating all these multi-disciplinary field under one technology remains a challenge. Who would have thought we would go to the moon… and we did. Who would have thought 3D printing would be mainstream at one point in time, and it will happen.

Tonya Wolfe

There is opportunity for those who can provide design for AM solutions.  However, the human element is more important than ever before.  We need to collaborate, challenge assumptions and share ideas.   AM cannot be done simply by uploading a drawing to the cloud and receiving the part in the mail a few days later.  The best solutions are found by collaborative convergence.

Most engineers are still thinking linearly and need strategies to think organically.  This process takes time and there are several failures leading to the final successful design.  Companies need to support this process.

Philippe Dupuis

Start small but start now. Additive manufacturing is going to proliferate at high speed in industrial spaces as the business cases for AM gain traction and attention. The key issue will be to know when and how AM can provide an edge by adding value to a product or workflow, instead of trying to use this tool to directly replace other manufacturing processes where competition is fierce. In this case, incremental adoption can outperform complete workflow rework by ensuring the best process is chosen on its own merits, not due to its novelty or to its disruptive quality. Remember: “The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese”!

Ehsan Toyserkani

I would recommend that those companies that are looking to adopt AM start to have dialogue with key AM players in Canada (e.g., Canada Makes, Burloak, HI-AM, MSAM, etc.). This will minimize the risk of their investment.  These groups emphasis strengthening collaborative interactions between academic researchers, the Canadian manufacturing industry, industrial organizations, government researchers, and international collaborators by addressing complex technical issues associated with metal AM.

Martin Petrak

My best advise to most organization and companies interested in AM is to invest in knowledge and formal training in Design for Additive Manufacturing. Keep an eye on new software developments that will make it easier to go from design to print in the near future.

Exergy Solutions joins Canada Makes

Canada Makes is pleased to welcome Calgary based Exergy Solutions to its network of experts in 3D Printing. Exergy is a leader in 3D modelling, 3D printing, engineering and research to the energy, utilities and mining sectors.

“Adoption of additive manufacturing to help increase productivity and capability is about to take off for the oil & gas sector. Exergy, partnering with the Canada Makes network of experts, will be ready for the upcoming opportunities,” said Frank Defalco Manager Canada Makes.

“We have leveraged additive manufacturing to study revolutionary technology aimed at improving the competitiveness and environmental performance of the Oil Sands industry. Many of these technologies are game changers. Well positioned to drastically lower GHG emissions and eliminate tailing ponds. Canada Makes has already helped us to instantly build a network of additive experts across Canada. This gives us the opportunity to engage knowledge and experience coast to coast in improving an industry that is vital to the Canadian economy.” said Billy Rideout, President Exergy Solutions.

About Exergy Solutions
Exergy Solutions is focused on delivering innovation and step-change technological improvement to their customers. The creative team at Exergy has experience leveraging disruptive technologies and agile project management methods. Exergy believes in the enormous talent and technological know-how across Canada that can be used to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing. Together with their business partners network enable project development and effective integration of complete technology solutions. This wide-range of services include as-build drawings, drafting, 3D modelling, engineering design, 3D scanning, 3D printing, virtual reality and turn-key R&D projects. exergysolutions.com

Nanogrande officially launches the MPL-1 a nanoscale metal powder 3D printer

Montreal, December 3, 2018 – In presence of more than fifty guests, the president and founder of Nanogrande, Mr. Juan Schneider, officially unveiled the MPL-1, the world first metal nanoscale 3D printer. Built around its patented technology – the Power LayeringTM – to form particle layers, MPL-1 makes nanotechnology accessible to a whole new market by opening the door for additive manufacturing.“We believe this new approach to 3D printing is a revolution that will allow us to set new industry standards,” said Schneider. “The Power LayeringTM allows the MPL-1 to use particles of any shape, size and type. We can use particles as small as a nanometer, but also particles of 5 microns, which is the size the industry is currently looking for, while maximizing the compaction of particles.”

Juan Schneider, president and founder of Nanogrande. Frank Defalco Manager Canada Makes.

“This is a special announcement as Nanogrande is the only company manufacturing a metal powder additive machine in Canada,” said Frank Defalco Manager Canada Makes.”We look forward to working with Nanogrande to help develop new AM applications using this exciting new technology.”

The high level of particle compaction achieved by the Power LayeringTM, as well as the size of the particles, considerably eliminate the needs for support structures typical of 3D printing. This way, there is a noticeable reduction in post-printing costs. In addition, Nanogrande can offer its particles at a lower cost because the process does not require expensive spherical particles.

The founder of Nanogrande also took the opportunity to congratulate his team for their hard work and the many sacrifices for the start up. The development of MPL-1 took several years of work.
“Today we are witnessing the culmination of a long process of research and development that has given us the chance to set up a team that generates many innovative ideas,” said Schneider. “Alone, it is possible to have excellent ideas; but, as a team, we can bring these ideas to life. I am very pleased to highlight the success of the efforts of the people who work for Nanogrande.”

Nanogrande develops and produces for the leading manufacturers the first nanoscale 3D printer to meet their needs for solutions for the manufacturing of microparts and high precision components.
Pour information : Frédéric Mayer
Communication and operations

CME Canada Makes delegation tours Formnext

Last week was a whirlwind tour of the very best the world of additive manufacturing has to offer at Formnext 2018 in Frankfurt Germany for the Canada Makes delegation. It began on Monday November 12th with TraCLight’s (the Transatlantic Cluster for Lightweighting) Annual Cluster meeting in Stuttgart, followed by on-sight industrial visits of Trumpf and Advanced Clean Production (ACP).

Below are pictures of some the highlights of the week. We thank the following companies for hosting our delegation; BigRep, BASF 3D Printing Solutions, DMG MORI, 3D Systems, ADD UP, Renishaw, Fraunhofer, GE Additive, SLM Solutions and Tekna.

Canada Makes delegation at TraClight in Stuttgart

Canada Makes delegation with TraCLight partners outside Trumpf headquarters

Canada Makes delegation outside ACP factory

Notice the small bicycle Martin Petrak is holding, a gift from Trumpf’s created with their impressive metal laser cutting machine

Juan Schneider of Nanogrande showing parts built on his MPL-1 machine to Canada Makes delegates

Canada Makes visits Fraunhofer

Canada Makes at GE Additive

SLM Solutions shows off car with many additive parts

Canada Makes visits our partners at Tekna

The following is a list of participants to this year’s Formnext; Precision ADM, Kilmarnock Enterprise, AON3D, Renishaw Canada, McGill University, The University of Waterloo, Québec Metallurgy Centre (CMQ), Exergy Solutions, Promation, Axis Prototypes, Anubis 3D and CAD MicroSolutions.