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View the following video showing the process of using both additive and subtractive manufacturing to go from a concept to a product. Thank you to our friends at Renishaw for sharing this wonder video.
The trophy was recently awarded to the team of Lisa Brock and Yanli Zhu from the University of Waterloo and their design of biodegradable packaging made from mushroom roots. canadamakes.ca/canada-makes-ann…eam-3d-challenge/
The award was presented during the first Conference of NSERC Network for Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing (HI-AM) at the University of Waterloo.
Students were asked to focus on creating innovative tools or products that reduce our environmental footprint using additive manufacturing in tandem with conventional manufacturing approaches.
Lisa Brock and Yanli Zhu 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. 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. https://youtu.be/XKU-BHKuGZI
ISO/ASTM definition: “vat photopolymerization, —an additive manufacturing process in which liquid photopolymer in a vat is selectively cured by light-activated polymerization.”
Vat photopolymerization can also be known as (in alphabetical order):
➢ Continuous Liquid Interface Production or CLIP
➢ Scan, Spin and Selectively Photocure Technology or 3SP
➢ Solid Ground Curing or SGC
➢ Stereolithography or SL
➢ Stereolithography Apparatus or SLA® (3D Systems Corporation)
➢ Two-Photon Polymerization or 2PP
Stereolithography was the first AM process to be invented. The first patent was filed in 1975 which described a two-laser 2PP process. The first parts were made by Dr. Hideo Kodama of Japan using SL in 1981. Additional patents followed in 1984 when in three different parts of the world, people patented the SL processes. First on May 23 in Japan by Yoji Marutani, then on July 16 in France by Jean Claude André, Alain Le Méhauté and Olivier de Witte, and lastly on August 8 in the United States by Charles W. Hull. Chuck Hull was the first to commercialize the technology when he founded 3D Systems in 1986. In 1988, 3D Systems commissioned Alberts Consulting Group to create a file format that could be sliced, resulting in the STL file format. In 1991, Cubital introduced the Solid Ground Curing process but later ceased operations in 1999. In 2015 Carbon3D introduced a novel concept named CLIP using an oxygen-permeable bottom plate to help speed up the printing process. As the original patents surrounding this technology have lapsed, many startups have emerged taking advantage of this original AM process.
Figure 1: Vat Polymerization example setup
This process involves using a liquid resin as the main type of material. Specifically, this liquid resin has the special property of being able to become solid once it is exposed to light. This light can be ultraviolet as in SL processes, or for 2PP, with two photons of near-infrared (NIR) light hit within a very short period of time (several femtoseconds). This liquid resin is held in a container or vat, in which a flat build platform is partially submerged. This platform starts near the surface of the liquid and then gets exposed to light. This light can be a UV laser(SL), a digital light processing (DLP) projector, a UV light bulb filtered through a printed mask(SGC), an LCD screen similar to home theater projectors(CLIP), or even from very quick pulses (femtoseconds in length) of near infrared (NIR) laser light tightly focused to a very small area(2PP). Once the resin is cured and made solid, the build platform either moves further into the vat, or partially comes out of the vat leaving the solid cured portion just under the surface and then the process is repeated. In the case of SGC, the uncured resin is removed and then replaced with a liquid wax that solidifies, and then both the cured resin and wax is machined flat using a cutter and prepared for the next layer. If the process involves the platform coming out of the vat the resin needs to be transparent or have the solidification process occur at the very bottom of a vat with a clear window or bottom. However, this can cause the resin to solidify to the bottom which would prevent the platform from moving, or cause it to solidify so closely to the bottom that when the build platform moves up, significant suction is created which results in very slow movements. Recent developments by Carbon3D and the creation of the CLIP process have resulted in very quick builds due to the clear bottom acting as an oxygen permeable membrane which inhibits solidification of the resin within a certain zone around the clear bottom of the vat, which eliminates this suction force. This has shown to increase build speeds from 25-100 times compared to other AM processes, including SL.
Advantages to this type of AM are that it is capable of very high detail surface finish, even down to the nano-scale level, it can be very fast compared to other processes in terms of pure volume, and it’s also able to be scaled up to build desk-sized objects in very large vats.
Disadvantages include a limited number of material properties found in UV curable resins, which are not the most robust materials in terms of durability, strength, or stability. These resins can change shape over time, potentially change colour, and usually need a post-curing UV light oven to cure the material fully in order to get the most strength out of them. Some resins are also toxic and special gloves need to be used to handle parts until they are fully cured. Depending on the geometry of the part, support structures are required and can be very complex and require manual removal afterwards.
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This is rescheduled from June 20 to September 12, 2018
June 20th is the next in our series of additive manufacturing workshops Industrial applications of 3D hosted by Montreal’s AON3D. Réseau Québec-3D and Canada Makes are again partnering to showcase some of Canada’s leading experts in 3D printing. This half-day workshop will focus on industrial applications of the 3D technology- how 3D can help you gain an adavantge.
Topics will include; The Journey from Prototyping to Production, a look at how companies have successfully adapted AM since the 90’s, 3D Printing in construction, 3D scanning applications and more. The workshop’s goal is to enlighten you and stimulate thought on how 3D technology can be used in your business.
Recently, certain sectors have seen dramatic shifts in the way they operate. How fast can it happen? Take the U.S. hearing aid industry, it converted to 100% additive manufacturing in less than 500 days. According to one industry CEO, not one company that stuck to traditional manufacturing methods survived. Examples like this speak for themselves about the potential disruption 3D printing can have.
Join us and learn about the power of 3D printing and how companies have prospered through its adoption.
Real business opportunities are available to those who understand how to use this powerful new tool as part of their process. The workshop offers the chance to meet face-to-face and network with some of Canada’s leaders in additive manufacturing (AM).
We look forward to seeing you, seating is limited so sign up now as our workshops sell out fast!
Date: September 12, 2018
Time: 8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
9494 Boul. St. Laurent Suite 600
Montreal QC, H2N 1P4
$25 Réseau Québec-3D & CME Canada Makes Members
|8:00 – 9:00 a.m.||Registration and Networking coffee|
|9:00 – 9:30 a.m.||Welcome Remarks & Unlocking new industrial applications in 3D printing through materials||Kevin Han, CEO AON3D|
|9:30 – 10:00 a.m.||3D scanning and 3D printing technologies for the construction sector||Martin Lavoie, Creadditive|
|10:00 – 10:30 a.m.||Networking Break|
|10:30 – 11:00 a.m.||3D scanning, its applications and how it improves time to market||Vincent Goudreault, 3D Metrology Expert Creaform|
|11:00 – 11:30 a.m.||3D Printing… the Journey from Prototyping to Production||Gilles Desharnais, CEO Axis Prototype|
|11:30 – 12:00 p.m.||Sujets concrets de pièces industrielles en impression 3D metal||Cyrille Chanal, CEO FusiA Impression 3D Métal|
About Réseau Québec-3D
The Réseau Québec-3D network is helping rally a community around additive manufacturing. Interested parties include stakeholders from aeronautics, ground transportation, and the energy industry, as well as mould manufacturers, machining companies, and people from the medical and dental sectors. University, college, and industry researchers are also taking part, along with 3D printing manufacturers and manufacturers and distributors of the raw materials used for 3D printing and metal-processing and composite material companies.
AON3D is a rapidly growing startup on a mission to put industrial 3D printing capabilities into the hands of those who need it most. Our technology has made it 10 times cheaper than before to 3D print with advanced thermoplastics, and we continue to push the boundaries on commercializing new materials for 3D printing.
Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes
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
Additive manufacturing (AM) has been called the next Industrial revolution–. It is a recent technology that encompasses a wide range of different processes and materials. It is changing industries like aerospace by adjusting how engineers think about designing complex parts–. This revolution can take designs that have gone unchanged for decades and improve them.
AM was first conceived of in the 1970s with the first parts made in the 1980s and has had many names over the years.
- Layer manufacturing or LM
- Rapid manufacturing or RM
- Rapid tooling
- Rapid prototyping or RP
- Laser rapid prototyping
- Solid freeform fabrication or SFF
- Direct digital manufacturing or DDM
- 3D printing or 3DP
Initially, AM was used as a tool to create prototypes much more rapidly than could be done by other means and aided in the development of bringing new products to market, . It then helped create tooling, tooling inserts, jigs and fixtures that were used in the manufacturing of end-use parts, . It has continued to evolve and now is being used in making end-use parts such as low-volume production plastic casings, high-end consumer in-ear music monitors, GE LEAP jet engine fuel nozzles, and SpaceX SuperDraco rocket engine chambers and Falcon 9 main oxidizer valve bodies which have gone into space.
While AM has been around for three decades, it has yet to be utilized in the manufacturing of electric motors. Since the late 1800s, electric motors have seen only a small number of improvements, most of which have come from new and improved materials and new manufacturing techniques–. Yet the core design of motors has been relatively unchanged –. There is an evident opportunity to research how AM can change electric motor design. AM has the potential to produce new electric motors that can increase motor efficiencies and power densities.
Review of Additive Manufacturing
There are many different types of AM processes. Each has specific strengths and capabilities with unique areas of specialization. Regardless of the process, there are some fundamental principles that all follow.
Subtractive manufacturing usually starts out with a solid chunk of material that is larger than the final desired shape or part. Then using different tools, material is removed (or subtracted) until the final shape or part is achieved. It is important to note that casting is not considered additive or subtractive, but rather a formative process, as an existing mould or pattern is needed to create the final part.
Compared to subtractive, AM works in the opposite way. Instead of removing material to get the final desired shape or part, material is added to a build platform bit by bit. Most forms of AM follow these basic steps:
- Take a 3D model
- Slice model into layers and generate computer code
- Print first 2D slice and supports (if needed)
- Increment height
- Print next layer
- Repeat steps 4-5 until finished
- Post process (if needed)
A minor exception to these steps is when an AM process can deposit material in three-dimensional space. It is then not limited to just printing 2D layers one at a time–. AM can be a faster and more economical way to make parts, especially when the part is complex and/or made from an expensive material. These steps are still quite broad and have many details that can provide deeper insight.
AM process steps
Step 1: 3D model
The process begins with a computer-generated 3D model of the desired final part. The model needs to be capable of being printed, which means that it needs to occupy a defined volume. The part can’t be a single surface with a wall thickness of zero. Once it has thickness and volume, it then needs to be an enclosed watertight solid. This means that if water is put in the interior volume of the model, there are no holes from the inside volume to the outside surface. Even objects like a Möbius band or Klein bottle can be printed as long as the single surface is thickened to have a defined watertight volume.
Figure 1: Klein bottle and Mobius band show a surface with no thickness
Once the model is generated correctly, it needs to be saved to a specific file format. These specific file formats are needed in order for it to be prepared properly for printing. Thus it needs to be saved as either an STL file, AMF file or 3MF file. The STL file format has been the de facto standard since it was created in the late 1980s. However, it does have limitations which cause some problems. It does not store the units of measurement of the original model so they need to be assumed. Also, the file size becomes very large when trying to save a model with a high level of surface curvature. In response to these limitations, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) introduced the AMF file format in 2011. Then in 2013, Microsoft intended to do the same with its own 3MF format. This format became natively supported in all Windows operating systems since Windows 8.1. 3MF has since garnered considerable support from large companies such as HP, 3D Systems, Stratasys, GE, Siemens, Autodesk and Dassault Systems although it is unknown how many actively use this file format. Thus STL is still the file format of choice for almost all 3D printing. However, a newly signed liaison agreement between ASTM and the 3MF Consortium may bridge some differences between AMF and 3MF and create one new standard file format to replace STL.
Step 2: Prepare for printing
Secondly, special software is needed to turn that 3D model into data that a 3D printer can recognize and use. This usually involves cutting or slicing the model into many digital layers. Each layer is then converted into either a 2D image or into a set of 2D tool paths. The spacing between these slices will determine the printed thickness of the layers that will be seen in the final part. These layers partially determine the final surface quality and surface roughness of the final part, as well as how long the part will take to print. This height is an important compromise between print speed and surface quality, thus they are generally very thin. An average across several processes is around 100 µm or 0.1mm. Depending on the AM process, the range of layer heights is vast. In two-photon polymerization, layer features as small as 40nm or 0.00004mm can be created which is smaller than the wavelength of ultraviolet light. Microwave sintering can create layers up to 5cm or 50mm in depth. Regardless, when working in a process, the thicker the layer, the faster the build speed but the rougher the exterior becomes. Hence layer height is a trade-off between speed and quality.
Figure 2: T shaped structure with supports
Depending on the geometry of the model and the AM process involved, support structures may be needed. These support structures anchor overhanging areas of the final part to the build platform or other solid portions of the part. Imagine printing a 3D letter “T” starting from the bottom moving up to the top. The 3D printer would be able to print the main body of the letter without any issue. But as soon as it gets to the top, it would have a significant challenge to print the rest properly. The reason being there is nothing that would support the outreached arms of the letter. Thus some type of support structure is needed to be built up at the same time as the main body. When it reaches the point to print the arms, it would then be able to print on top of the main body and the support structure. An alternative option is to design the part for AM so that it does not need supports. For example, if the arms of the “T” were angled upward from the main body, the main body then becomes the support structure. The part would look more like the letter “Y”. Thus the letter Y could be considered a 3D print-optimized version of the letter T that doesn’t need support.
Steps 3-6: Printing
The specifics of printing depend on the process involved and will be described in much more detail further on in the report. Regardless, the 3D printer uses the computer code generated in the previous step to create an initial solid layer of material onto a build surface. The build surface could be a solid platform onto which the part is printed or a layer of unsolidified material that will support the part. This first layer is the first slice of the original 3D model that was calculated by the computer software in step two. Once the first layer is printed, the machine increments to the next height ready to print the next layer. This new height corresponds to the second slice of the original 3D model. The printer then creates a new solid layer based on that second slice. This new solid layer bonds to the previous layer making it one solid piece. The process repeats layer by layer until the final layer is finished. If the bonds between layers are weak, the build could fail or result in a structurally weak part. These anisotropic material properties can manifest as a weaker bond between layers than within layers– but can lead to beneficial properties for magnetic applications. There are some processes strategies,  and research projects that are addressing this concern with strength.
Step 7: Post-process
Finally, once a part is finished, it is removed from the build chamber and post-processed. This post process could take any number of forms. Some processes require removing support materials, . A few need to post cure the material to ensure a fully solid part. Laser melted parts need heat treating to relieve internal stresses that build up in the build process. Binder jetted parts can be placed in an oven to remove a sacrificial binder used in printing. Others are placed in ovens and sintered to increase the strength and density of the part. Infiltrants like glues or metals can be added to give more strength and higher density to the part, . Parts can undergo a chemical reaction to change the material for different material properties. Parts can be smoothed by chemicals, by blasting or tumbling to remove layer lines. Or parts can have some artistic flourish through hand painting, hydrographics, or even electroplating.
Methods and processes
Only recently was a standard designed for classifying the different ways something can be made using AM. In 2009, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) created a committee to define standards in AM technology. In 2010 they defined seven main technologies used in AM. This was given the standard designation: F2792–12a. As of December 2015, these ASTM standards were replaced with a new standard. ASTM joined with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to form ISO/ASTM 52900:2015. Despite having seven uniquely defined categories, there are many different processes within each category. Regardless, the overall method and the underlying principles discussed previously still apply. Variance exists only with the materials, deposition of layers, and methods of adhesion.
These seven categories will be explored in depth with their:
- alternate industrial or trade names
- a brief history
- description of method and materials
- advantages and disadvantages
These seven categories are (in alphabetical order):
- binder jetting
- directed energy deposition
- material extrusion
- material jetting
- powder bed fusion
- sheet lamination
- vat photopolymerization
The following are some common terms that are used when talking about these processes. They come from the ISO/ASTM definitions and are used throughout the seven category descriptions.
3D printer: the machine used for 3D printing.
Build chamber: the enclosed location within the 3D printer where the parts are fabricated.
Build platform: a base which provides a surface upon which the building of the part is started and supported throughout the build process.
Build space: the location where it is possible for parts to be fabricated, typically within the build chamber or on a build platform.
Build surface: the area where material is added, normally on the last deposited layer or for the first layer, the build surface is often the build platform.
Build volume: the total usable volume available in the machine for building parts.
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CME Canada Makes and the University of Waterloo Present: Additive Manufacturing Supply Chain & Logistics Forum
This one-day forum is to feature industrial leaders in supply chain and logistics in the additive manufacturing/3D Printing sector. CME Canada Makes continues offering insight and expertise for Canada’s industry leaders with the mission of assisting companies to adopt additive manufacturing, a key component of Industry 4.0 implementation.
Supply chains are and will be affected in significant ways as the costs of storing massive amounts of inventory and global shipping are reduced and more parts are customized printed on demand. Key sectors of our economy are being affected in profound ways and Canada Makes is bringing in experts to discuss issues affecting and sometimes disrupting manufacturers’ supply chain. The Canada Makes Forum will focus on Medical, Aerospace, Automotive and Energy and their supply chain.
Join the Canada Makes Forum Networking scrum
Networking with Canada’s AM sector professionals will be front and centre to the Forum. Experts representing various key features to the AM supply chain will be on-site to answer questions on how 3D printing is changing global supply chains.
Canada Makes would like to thank the following companies for joining the Canada Makes Forum networking scrum: AMM, Anubis 3D, Axis Prototype, Cimetrix, CRIQ, Expanse Microtechnologies, Jesse Garant Metrology Center, NRC, Precision ADM, Tiger-Vac.
Date: November 22
Time: 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Federation Hall (Building #35)
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON
$100 CME Members/Canada Makes Partners
$150 CME / Canada Makes Non-Members
Local accommodation Delta Waterloo
|8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.||Registration and Networking Breakfast|
|9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.||Welcome Remarks||Ian Howcroft, CME Vice-President Ehsan Toyserkani UoW (TBC)|
|9:10 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.||AM supply chain case studies – Automotive & Ground Transportation||Bob Little President, Altair Canada|
|9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.||Health Canada||Kinga Michno|
|10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.||Networking Break||Foyer|
|10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.||Medical AM Panel – AM challenges for a new medical supply chain||Miheala Vlasea – University of Waterloo (Moderator)
Martin Petrak – Precision ADM
Francois Gingras – CRIQ
Matt Parkes – Adeiss
|11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.||Lunch||Foyer|
|12:45 p.m. – 1:00 pm||Special Announcement||Peter Adams- Burloak|
|1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.||AM supply chain case study – To supply aerospace, it’s more than just the parts||Brandon Bouwhuis – Burloak|
|1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.||Materials Panel – AM changes the supply chain for advanced materials||Mathieu Brochu – McGill (Moderator)
Kevin Nicholds – Equispheres
Vladimir Paserin – Rio Tinto,
Jerome Pollack – Tekna
|2:30p.m. – 3:00 p.m.||Networking Break||Foyer|
|3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.||Energy – AM supply chain case study||Ian Klassen – Precision ADM|
|3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.||How I compete with China using AM||Tharwat Fouad – Anubis 3D|
|4:00 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.||Closing remarks||Frank Defalco – Canada Makes|
A survey of the Canadian aerospace industry reveals a difference in perception among AM stakeholders
The following research project aims to facilitate the integration of metal additive manufacturing (AM) into the Canadian aerospace supply chain. Due to its versatility, AM could provide an interesting niche for Canadian manufacturing SMEs by allowing them to manufacture a large spectrum of metal products without an in-house foundry, forge or press. Canada is ranked among the global elite in the aerospace industry, and the development of AM expertise is essential to ensuring local suppliers remain competitive and keep pace with modern manufacturing.
HEC Montréal gathered the opinions of over 70 organizations from every level of the additive manufacturing (AM) value chain in order to measure the differences in stakeholders’ perceptions of AM-related opportunities, challenges, cost drivers and advancement initiatives.
To view the results of this survey click here.
Canada Makes would like to thank Gabriel Doré of HEC Montréal for the work on this important document. This M.Sc. thesis was supported by HEC Montréal, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec.
About HEC Montréal
HEC Montréal is a French-language business school located in Montréal, Canada. Since its founding in 1907, the School has trained more than 78,000 students in all fields of management. HEC is the business school of the University of Montreal.
On behalf of the Canada Makes network, thank you for participating in this important initiative. As part of our organization’s ongoing commitment to ensuring Canadian industry is on the cutting-edge of technology and innovation, we have developed Canada Makes in order to directly network additive manufacturing companies with vendors and educational institutions.
Canada Makes is designed to facilitate dialogue through a series of events at academic institutions and industrial facilities. Participants will have the opportunity to respond to issues of the day as well as share their experiences related to additive manufacturing. Canada Makes is not targeting a particular policy, regulation, or program change, but rather it is a forum for business collaboration, and a way to find solutions to major industry challenges.
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I sincerely thank you for your participation, insights, and support of this critical initiative. We look forward to working with you to strengthen Canada’s additive manufacturing community.
Executive Director – Canada Makes
View an interview with Martin Lavoie in the following report on 3D printing Note: (Most of this video is in French)
ON WED, SEPTEMBER 24, 2014 ·
The Maker phenomenon is spreading, directly North it seems. Not only is America making, but Canada is too, now, as Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) has launched Canada Makes. Like its southern counterpart — America Makes — this is a national network of excellence dedicated to the adoption and development of additive manufacturing in the home nation.
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America Makes was the rebranded effort of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) in the US, which was certainly a mouthful when the acronym was not used, and nowhere near as inspiring to the nation’s increasing number of makers and young talent. Since the rebranding — and redoubling of efforts at every level of the making hierarchy in the US — America Makes really seems to have caught the imagination both in the homeland and further afield. I’m thinking it won’t be long before we see other national networks — set up and/or rebranded. ‘UK Makes’ doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but given the surge in nationalism among these fair isles ‘England Makes’ could work, and Scotland can Make with devolved making power if it so chooses. Germany Makes maybe, Italy Makes, Australia Makes, China Makes — I could go on, but you get the idea.
However, right now Canada Makes, and according to Jayson Myers, CME’s President and CEO: “Additive manufacturing is one of those advanced manufacturing technologies that is likely to disrupt the way we are making things. CME is proud to take the leadership and promote its development among the Canadian manufacturing sector.”
Canada Makes has launched in collaboration with Sheridan College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT), located in Brampton, ON. CME and CAMDT will organize three additive manufacturing workshops at CAMDT’s facilities in the next year in order to promote the adoption of additive manufacturing among SMEs. The first workshop is scheduled for October 16, 2014.
“CAMDT is one of the most advanced applied research labs in Canada and it has the latest technologies and software in the field of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). We are proud to help make this state-of-the-art laboratory available to small and medium-sized manufacturers across the country,” Myers said.
“Sheridan routinely partners engineering students with local businesses in need of 3D printing work,” said Director of CAMDT and Associate Dean of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Dr. Farzad Rayegani.“SMEs gain access to equipment they otherwise couldn’t afford and benefit from product and process innovation. The students gain invaluable insight into the design challenges that manufacturing businesses face daily.”
Canada Makes will reportedly expand gradually into other areas of additive manufacturing, including metal 3D printing, and printable electronics. In addition to technology demonstration and training workshops, members of the network will also benefit from a customized service aimed at identifying potential partners and source of funding to complete their additive manufacturing projects, from prototyping to applied and fundamental research.