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Visit Canada Makes’ partners on the floor at Rapid

April 23rd RAPID + TCT conference opens in Fort Worth, Texas. This yearly event is where additive manufacturing industry meets to learn about new applications of the technology, hear about new product announcements and network with peers and industry experts. Some of the more than 300 exhibitors are Canada Makes partners so please take the time to drop by and hear about their latest products and services.

Exhibitor Booth #
AON3D 542
EOS 1118
Precision ADM 435
GE Additive 1318
Jesse Garant Metrology Center 737
Renishaw 718
Tekna 2528
TIGER-VAC 110
Custom Prototypes / Raplas America 736

Go here to view the floor plan.

The conference will cover the latest processes, applications, materials, and research in additive manufacturing, helping attendees to discover how best to utilize 3D technologies within their operations. There will be over 200 presentations to choose from, and each is labeled novice, intermediate, or expert.

  • 300+ 3D technology providers in one room – Witness major product launches, see the newest technologies at work, and do side-by-side comparisons.
  • The top forum for additive manufacturing education in North America – 200+ presentations to educate on how to use 3D technologies to improve creativity and execution, reduce costs, and bring products to market faster.
  • Networking with thousands of attendees – The most influential and experienced additive manufacturing professionals attend RAPID + TCT. Consult with the industry experts on equipment decisions, and find out how peers are addressing similar challenges at their organizations.
  • Daily Keynotes – Each morning will feature an industry-leading speaker.

Learn more more about RAPID + TCT here.

4th Annual Réseau Québec-3D Conference: Transforming your business model with 3D Printing

This coming May 16th, Réseau Québec-3D will hold its fourth annual 3D Printing conference in Montreal with the theme: “Transforming your business model with 3D Printing”. Be sure to join more than 200 participants and exhibitors for one of Canada’s most important additive manufacturing (AM) conferences.

The event is once again a collaborative effort between CRIQ, Prima Québec, Canada Makes and CRITM and offers the opportunity to hear world class experts in additive manufacturing who will present how this technology transformed their business model.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet face-to-face and network with both international and national AM leaders that have demonstrated expertise throughout the additive manufacturing value chain and continue to help position Québec and Canada as a major global player in this flourishing industry.

Fabian Sanchez

Fabian Sanchez, Design Engineer – Additive Manufacturing, Siemens Canada Limited

Be sure not to miss keynote speaker Fabian Sanchez, Design Engineer – Additive Manufacturing, Siemens Canada Limited as he presents “Delivering End-to-End Solutions for Additive Manufacturing.”

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REGISTER NOW!
Click here to register online.

Agenda:
Click here to consult the program.

Date:
May 16, 2018

Location:
Place Bonaventure
800, rue De La Gauchetière Ouest
Montréal QC H5A 1G1

Cost:
$ 250 using promo code RQ3D18

 

Highlights of AMUG 2018

 The Additive Manufacturers User Group, AMUG to all concerned, held its 30th anniversary event last week at the historical Union Station Hotel in St. Louis Missouri and it did not disappoint. Attending AMUG is a unique experience plain and simple. The expertise on the floor at AMUG is unrivalled and the learning opportunities endless.

Picking a high point is hard but the roaring and dizzying speed of the NASCAR racetrack as our surprise destination on Award Night is hard to beat. The evening was highlighted with the announcement of Custom Prototypes’ Mark Antony Roman Helmut as the winner of the Technical Competition Advanced Finishing.

My friend and Canada Makes partner Hargurdeep (Deep) Singh, Director of Additive Manufacturing at CAD MicroSolutions Inc. said the following, “Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference 2018 was a fantastic event to connect with many end-users, engineers, business executives and pioneers of the Additive Industry. This event provided an excellent resource for learning about the future of 3D Printing and I would like to acknowledge Frank Defalco for representing Canada Makes at AMUG 2018. Canada Makes representation helped bring together many partners who are now moving forward in helping Canadian companies to enable innovation and leverage AM technologies.”

Deep was kind enough to share some of his finer photos taken during the event. See if you can spot Deep hidden is some of the pictures.

About Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG)
The Additive Manufacturing Users Group’s origins date back to the early 1990s when the founding industry users group was called 3D Systems North American Stereolithography Users Group, a users group solely focused on the advancement of stereolithography (SL) use with the owners and operators of 3D Systems’ equipment. Today, AMUG educates and supports users of all additive manufacturing technologies. The primary charter of the group remains the same, but its members are much more diversified, global and focused in advancing additive manufacturing technology for rapid manufacturing and prototyping.

With AMUG’s expanded range, operators/owners of any commercial technology — stereolithography, selective laser sintering, 3D printing, DMD, DMLS, FDM, LS, SL, SLM, PolyJet, and more * — can benefit from the information exchange and professional network that AMUG offers. www.amug.com

Custom Prototypes repeats as winner at AMUG with metal Roman helmet

Canada Makes offers congratulation to our member Custom Prototypes for once again being awarded first place in the Advanced Finishing category of the AMUG Technical Competition in St. Louis for their metal 3D printed Roman helmet.

Learn more about the process Custom Prototypes used to fabricate the Mark Antony helmut here.
About Custom Prototypes
Based in Toronto and with more than 20 years experience Custom Prototypes is a small team of designers, engineers and fabricators who specialize in bringing ideas into tangible working prototypes. Their collaborative work environment is the benchmark for their innovative approach to tackling complex problems. www.customprototypes.ca

CAD MicroSolutions Drives Canadian Innovation with Addition of BigRep Large-Format 3D Printers

BigRep ONE

Canada Makes partner CAD MicroSolutions Inc., a leading service provider and distributor of 3D technology in Canada, announced today that it has partnered with BigRep to bring commercial sales and distribution of their large-scale 3D printing solutions to Canada.

BigRep’s 3D printing solutions are a fitting addition to CAD MicroSolutions’ existing line of mechatronics design tools and 3D printing solutions, opening the gateway to a new dimension of 3D printing and manufacturing for businesses across Canada. BigRep’s innovative BigRep ONE and BigRep STUDIO 3D printers give engineers, architects and designers around the globe access to large-scale 3D printing at an affordable price point.

“We are very excited to expand our Additive Manufacturing Technology portfolio by adding the BigRep large-format 3D printers to our consulting, sales and technical support channels,” says Hargurdeep (Deep) Singh, Director of Additive Manufacturing at CAD MicroSolutions. “These German Engineered BigRep 3D FFF printers will enable innovation for Canadian companies and allow them to achieve a revolutionary print volume of 1.3m³ at an extremely competitive price.”

Based in Berlin, BigRep is a leading global provider of large-format 3D printing technology for industrial users. Their highly innovative team develops and manufactures the world’s largest 3D printers, revolutionizing design, prototyping and industrial production from the ground up.

“We are proud to be partnering with CAD MicroSolutions to reach even more Canadian businesses with our large-format 3D printing technology,” said Frank Marangell, President of BigRep America Inc. and Executive VP of Global Sales. “We are confident that with their experience and expertise, BigRep will be a key player in the AM space in Canada.”

CAD MicroSolutions is the largest Canadian value-added-reseller of BigRep 3D printing solutions, and will provide consultation, sales and support for BigRep technology across Canada starting immediately. To learn more about the capabilities of BigRep’s 3D printing technology and the range of applications it is suited for, visit www.cadmicro.com or call 1-888-401-5885.

About CAD MicroSolutions
CAD MicroSolutions, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, has been providing engineers, designers and manufacturers with 3D technology and training for the entire product development lifecycle for over 30 years. CAD MicroSolutions is uniquely positioned to help their clients enable innovation across Canada, selling and supporting 3D printing solutions, virtual and augmented reality, as well as design automation software, training and consultation to help clients in mechatronics innovate, design and succeed. For more information about CAD MicroSolutions, please visit www.cadmicro.com or call 1-888-401-5885.

For further information please contact Darren Gornall, dgornall@cadmicro.com, (416) 213-0533.

Canada Makes’ partners at AMUGexpo

This year is the 30th Annual Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference in St. Louis, Missouri April 8 – 12, 2018. The historic St. Louis Union Station is the 2018 AMUG Conference site and will be home to the conference activities.

“Canada Makes shares AMUG’s goals of educating and advancing the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. This will be the first time Canada Makes attends AMUG and I am looking forward to a great learning opportunity and meeting the hands-on users of AM,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes.

The conference features AMUGexpo, which offers a unique opportunity for industry-specific vendors to display their products and services. Canada Makes members are well represented this year so take the time to visit and learn more about these great companies.

Jesse Garant Metrology Center Booth 71
Jesse Garant Metrology Center is a specialized part inspection company providing NDT & Metrology services using industrial imaging equipment. Our service allows manufacturers to make a qualified decision regarding their part at key stages throughout a product’s life-cycle. Part inspection services include: Industrial CT Scanning, Industrial X-ray, 3D Scanning. Visit https://jgarantmc.com

TIGER-VAC INC. booth 55 Tiger-Vac
Tiger-Vac’s explosion proof vacuum cleaners are specifically designed to safely collect and neutralize volatile plastic and metal powders from potentially resulting in a fire or explosion. Vacuums used in these hazardous locations are NRTL certified (Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory) and recognized by OSHA. Legally certified for use in Class I Group D and Class II Groups E, F and G Division 1 and 2 atmospheres. Various models and options are available such as dry and wet mix, coalescing filter elements, mist arrester pack and degassing valve. Models are available in pneumatic and electrically operated. For more about Tiger-Vac visit www.tiger-vac.com/index.aspx

EOS North America suite D4 EOS
EOS is the global technology leader for industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Founded in 1989, the independent company is a pioneer and innovator for holistic solutions in additive manufacturing. Like no other company, EOS is mastering the interaction of laser and powder material and provides all essential elements for industrial 3D printing. System, material and process parameters are intelligently harmonized to ensure a reliable high quality of parts. EOS’s machines, materials, and expertise help customers create their competitive edge and let their designs now drive their manufacturing. For more information, visit www.eos.info.

GE Additive suite D7 AP&C
GE Additive is part of GE, the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE Additive includes additive machine providers Concept Laser and Arcam, along with materials provider AP&C.;
GE’s relationships with Arcam and Concept Laser has complemented GE’s existing material science and additive capabilities, enabling the development of new service applications across multiple GE businesses and allowing us to earn numerous patents. GE Additive is committed to leading the industry through world-class machines, materials and services—accelerating innovations across industries and helping the world work smarter, faster and more efficiently. For more information, visit www.geadditive.com.

Renishaw suite D3 
Renishaw is one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare. The company supplies products and services used in applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to 3D printing, dentistry and brain surgery.
The Renishaw Group currently has more than 70 offices in 35 countries, with over 4,000 employees, of which 2,700 people are employed within the UK. For more information, visit www.renishaw.com.

Tekna booth P19 
Tekna’s powder division manufactures spherical metallic powders for additive manufacturing applications (mainly L-PBF, EB, and DED). Among other materials, Tekna produces spheres of Ti64 and AlSiMg. These spheres are wire atomized using Tekna RF-plasma proprietary process. These spheres are know for their superior flowability, high density, and purity. Tekna also produces various other powders for AM, including refractory metal spheres such as tungsten, tantalum and molybdenum. Tekna’s equipment division manufactures plasma equipment dedicated to producing spherical powders for AM. Such equipment will be on display in our booth during AMUG. For more information, please visit www.tekna.com

About Additive Manufacturing Users Group
The Additive Manufacturing Users Group’s origins date back to the early 1990s when the founding industry users group was called 3D Systems North American Stereolithography Users Group, a users group solely focused on the advancement of stereolithography (SL) use with the owners and operators of 3D Systems’ equipment. Today, AMUG educates and supports users of all additive manufacturing technologies. The primary charter of the group remains the same, but its members are much more diversified, global and focused in advancing additive manufacturing technology for rapid manufacturing and prototyping. http://www.amug.com

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AON3D joins Canada Makes

AON3DCanada Makes is very pleased to welcome Montreal based AON3D as a member. The team at AON3D developed a line of 3D printers that is a big step up for Canada’s additive manufacturing sector.

“As a Canadian OEM in the additive manufacturing space, we’re obviously thrilled to join Canada Makes. Having an initiative that connects the national AM ecosystem is invaluable, especially at a time where adoption of these technologies can be so greatly accelerated through collaboration and knowledge sharing between stakeholders. We hope our 3d printing technology and deep knowledge of material science will add a lot of value in this regard, as ‘lowering the barrier to innovation’ has always been a major driver for us,” said Leif Tiltins, AON3D Head of Business Development.

“With the launch of the all-new M2, AON3D’s line of 3D printers continues to be in a class of its own,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “What is great about the M2 is its engineered and manufactured in Canada. I feels this is the new wave of made in Canada manufacturing we are seeing happen.”

 

AON3D’s mission has always been to facilitate creating parts that would otherwise be unfeasible – either financially, or technically. The M2 provides the essential features required for printing high performance polymers, at a fraction of the cost of comparable industrial machines.

Fully NAFTA compliant, and available to ship all around the globe, the AON-M2 supports the strongest 3D printable plastics available, including high-strength, chemically resistant, and flexible varieties.

Feel free to contact one of their engineers to discuss how the AON-M2 3D printer fits into your business application needs. hello@aon3d.com

Canada Makes announces finalists for its 3D Challenge

Montreal March 21, 2018 – Canada Makes announced its five finalist for the 3D Challenge at the Design for Additive Manufacturing workshop at McGill.

The finalist are; Lisa Brock University of Waterloo of Waterloo, Haley Butler University of Prince Edward Island, Gitanjali Shanbhag also of the University of Waterloo, Ken Nsiempba McGill University and Nathaniel Claus Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Congratulation to theses five students for their innovative design and concepts. They will be receiving a prize of $1,000 and a a chance at a one-year paid internship.

The theme of the Challenge Design solutions for a sustainable future Canada Makes invited 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.

 

Lisa Brock proposed the design of biodegradable packaging made from mushroom roots and agricultural waste using binder jetting additive manufacturing. The packaging design was created by optically 3D scanning the object. The data was imported into a computer aided design (CAD) software to create the custom packaging structure conforming to the unique geometry, and a lattice structure was added to reduce the amount of material required.

Haley Butler is working on developing a potato starch-based plastic 􀂡lament that is suitable for 3D printing. Starch-based plastics have the potential to be used as an environmentally friendly material for additive manufacturing.

Approximately 10% of materials used in additive manufacturing can be recycled into new plastics, and the rest are disposed. The options for disposal are landfills and incineration, both of which increase the amount of greenhouse gases. Therefore, new biobased biodegradable materials must be developed to decrease the negative environmental impacts of these additive manufacturing plastics.

Gitanjali Shanbhag’s aim is to introduce light-weighting to helicopter tail designs by proposing a modi􀂡ed design, for the tail boom of Airbus H135 as an example, through Additive Manufacturing(AM).

The material of interest is aluminum 2024-T3 since it is a readily available lightweight material and is cost-effective. In the optimized design, material is only applied where the loads on the tail boom are concentrated, resulting in a hollow, truss-like structure that reduces the boom weight by 63%. The results are validated using the simulation software.

Ken Nsiempba submitted a redesign of the internal boat tail support bracket to be 3D printed. This bracket is mainly used during ground processing at the base of the Atlas V payload fairing (Atlas V is an active expendable launch system of the Atlas rocket family).

What makes the new bracket’s design special is its use of different manufacturing technics.

 

Nathaniel Claus offered a ONE BIKE concept that allows bikes to transcend limitations set by current production trends through a convertible parts system. The cycling industry moves forward at an alarming rate, more so than the automobile industry. There are 200 million bikes produced every year. That’s 5 bikes to every car produced annually and more than enough for every person born in that same year. As a result, high-end bikes are becoming increasingly expensive and lower end bikes are becoming less reliable in order to keep their prices down. This concept creates an alternative to users accumulating additional bikes saving money and reducing a rider’s impact on this planet.

Canada Makes would like to thank all those who participated and invite them to once again to try next year when we hold Canada Makes second 3D Challenge or try our current 3D Challenge open to all Canadian residents. The National 3D Printed Musical Instrument Challenge.

In the coming weeks, we will announce the overall winner of this years Canada Makes 3D Challenge.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their support.

 

Creadditive, Canada Makes newest member

Canada Makes is pleased to announce Creadditive as a Canada Makes member.  Creadditive specializes in the use of cutting-edge scanning technologies to provide high-quality services using new 3D scanning and printing techniques for the commercial construction and heritage restoration market.

“The expertise Creadditive brought together is impressive,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “I’m certain this company will succeed in using 3D printing and create a whole new way to conserve architectural heritage.”

Creative specializes in short-range 3D scanning and expertise in long-range 3D scanning. The combination of 3D skills and high-performance laser scanning equipment can accurately reproduce high-value objects and irreplaceable pieces, and conserve architectural heritage like never before.

‘We are pleased to join Canada Makes and to be part of Canada’s largest Additive Manufacturing community. We are committed to working with Canada Makes to accelerate the adoption of AM technologies and to find new applications for the benefits of the Canadian economy’, said Martin Lavoie, Co-founder of Creadditive.

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Expanse Microtechnologies joins Canada Makes

Canada Makes is pleased to welcome Expanse Microtechnologies Inc. as its newest member. Expanse Microtechnologies’ analysis capabilities using X-ray computed tomography (CT) brings highly specialized experience to Canada’s additive manufacturing (AM) supply chain. They focus on helping clients overcome challenges in the development of advanced materials and additive manufacturing processes.

“Helping to bring the type of expertise offered by Expanse Microtechnologies to Canada’s supply chain is exactly what the Canada Makes network is about,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “I look forward to seeing their presentation ‘Pushing Limits in Design for AM through Smart use of uCT’ at our upcoming workshop at McGill.”

“We’re thrilled to join the Canada Makes network. It’s a great fit as we share a common goal to be an enabler and accelerator of additive technology in Canada” says Craig Metcalfe, Vice President of Expanse Microtechnologies.

About Expanse Microtechnologies Inc.
Expanse Microtechnologies Inc. provides unparalleled analyses of X-ray CT data focused on improving the understanding of additive manufacturing processes and advanced materials. Expanse is headquartered in Toronto, ON, with a presence in Waterloo, ON and Victoria, BC. Their staff have more than 40 years experience in the acquisition and analysis of X-ray CT data and development of advanced materials & their processing methods. Their research and industry expertise is devoted to providing customers with the critical insight needed to guide their product, materials, and process developments.

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