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Crystal Fountains Inc. uses CME’s SMART program to purchase 3D printer

SMART ProgramCrystal Fountains Inc. received a $14,115.35 contribution through the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) SMART Prosperity Now program to assist in acquiring a new 3D printer at a total cost of $42,346.05.

“This is a great example of how the SMART program helps manufacturers adopt new additive manufacturing technology to stay competitive in world markets,” said Martin Lavoie, CME’s director of policy for innovation and manufacturing competitiveness.

Crystal Fountains Inc. develops commercial water features (fountains) that are featured in popular global destinations, including the Gardens of Versailles, France.

Crystal Fountains Inc.Crystal Fountains was outsourcing 3D printing for ten years. As 3D printing and additive manufacturing are rapidly growing technologies, new systems are cheaper to purchase and have increased capabilities. The company’s new 3D printing system has led to more accurate and faster prototyping, and they are now able to offer a level of custom product development not previously possible. The system also improved their ability to develop conceptual models, functional prototypes, sand casting patterns, investment casting patterns and production parts.

The CME SMART Prosperity Now program has provided direct funding to over 1,100 Ontario companies with financial assistance to help improve productivity.

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) has commitment to fund the SMART program in the amount of $20 million through to 2017.