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Government of Canada announces $8.9 million AM investment in the University of Waterloo

May 24, 2017 (Waterloo, Ontario) – The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, announced an $8.9 million investment in the University of Waterloo’s Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (AM) Lab. This investment will establish Canada’s first major advanced manufacturing technology commercialization centre.

“This project will support up to 18 new partnerships, help commercialize up to 21 advanced manufacturing technologies and create over 80 jobs,” said Minister Chagger. “It will also provide opportunities for students from the University to prepare for the manufacturing jobs of tomorrow.”

“Innovation and skills development are the driving forces behind manufacturing, trade and a better future for middle-class Canadians. Harnessing innovative technologies is crucial to the future of Canada’s manufacturing sector,” said Dennis Darby, President and CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). “Today’s announcement is a clear example of strong, coordinated government action CME has been calling for to reinvigorate the manufacturing sector to match global competition.”

“Canada Makes is very pleased with the Government of Canada’s investment. It recognizes the importance of additive manufacturing to the future of Canada’s economy, said Martin Lavoie, Executive Director Canada Makes. “This most certainly will help grow Canada’s global competitiveness by making it easier for manufacturers to adopt additive metal manufacturing processes.”

A broad range of industrial partners including aerospace, mining and automotive, will work with the University of Waterloo’s Multi-Scale AM Lab’s state-of-the-art technology and develop innovative 3D printing solutions to streamline manufacturing in Canada.

Canada Makes will continue working closely with the team at the University of Waterloo in helping Canadian industry to adopt AM to their process and keeping Canada a world leader in innovative technology.

About the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters:
Since 1871, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters has been helping manufacturers grow at home and thrive around the world. In 2016, CME released Industrie 2030 – a roadmap for doubling Canadian manufacturing activity by 2030. Our focus is to ensure the sector is dynamic, profitable, productive, innovative and growing. We aim to do this by strengthening the labour force, accelerating the adoption of advanced technology, supporting product commercialization, expanding marketplaces and, most importantly, ensuring a globally-competitive business environment. CME is a member-driven association that directly represents more than 2,500 leading companies who account for an estimated 82 per cent of manufacturing output and 90 per cent of Canada’s exports. www.cme-mec.ca

About Canada Makes
A Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) initiative, Canada Makes is a network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of additive manufacturing in Canada. For more information on Canada Makes, please visit www.canadamakes.ca

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Redesigning medical instruments using 3D metal printing

3D metal printing helps surgeons to perform heart operation

Additive manufacturing methods of 3D printing are increasingly opening up new paths in medical technology. Alex Berry, founder of Sutrue (UK), and Richard Trimlett, consultant at the Royal Brompton Hospital, are focusing strategically on AM for applications in cardiology. Is it possible to improve the “golden hands” of an experienced heart surgeon? Yes, it is. Using the example of a machine for performing sutures during operations and a cardiac stabilizer for endoscopic heart operations, Sutrue shows how operations on the heart can be performed more safely. Heart operations are soon to become faster and safer. And there is even more good news: patients are recovering faster.

Sutures following operations are still stitched up today in almost the same way as they were in the days of the ancient Egyptians. Alex Berry discovered that around 240,000 medical professionals a year globally suffer needlestick injuries as a direct consequence of this stitching. Even experienced operators are confronted with the drawbacks and inaccuracies of previous suturing methods. To change this trend, Sutrue developed an instrument which automatically passes any curved needle with a suture through the tissue of a patient. The requirements placed on the automated suturing device were that the stitches are made quickly, are positioned precisely, are reproducible and are made with the necessary force. The better and more quickly the suturing can be performed, the shorter the operation is for the patient as well. And a clean stitch also leads to better recovery.

The perfect mechanics of an automated instrument: Suture quickly, reproducibly and cleanly in a heart operation

View of the opened gear mechanism for driving the rotating needle of the automated suturing device – the gear teeth are just 0.4 mm long

The extremely slender suturing device is inserted via a conventional endoscope the size of a drinking straw during the heart operation and moved into position. Its head can rotate and be pivoted in order to find any desired batch of tissue. The needle rotates softly and with pinpoint precision during suturing. This is possible thanks to a complex miniature gear mechanism that drives the needle. The entire gear mechanism is an AM assembly. What this innovation actually means for the operator is that the suture is pulled through quickly and cleanly and the stitch is automatically set in place. A few small stitches in arteries or in delicate structures are now possible. Each stitch can be performed with reproducible accuracy using the suturing device. Complicated operations in particular can be performed faster and more safely. Thanks to the suture device, up to three rotations of a needle per second are now possible, instead of one stich per 25 seconds while doing by hand. This reduces the risk associated with the operation for both, patients and surgeons.

Idea of stabilizing the heart muscle during the operation
In Great Britain alone, around half a million people live with a heart defect. Treatment with drugs only delivers very minor improvements to patients and often an operation on the heart is the only way to save a person’s life. In Great Britain, cardiovascular disease is the second most common cause of death, accounting for 27% of deaths, after cancer, which accounts for 29% of all deaths. During open-heart surgery, the surgeon needs the heart muscle to be stabilized for an intervention to be made. Richard Trimlett outlines the task: “We’re doing a beating heart operation so the heart is in use by the body but we need to hold the small area that we’re working on still. With the chest open we can put a big suction device in but when we’re doing keyhole surgery we need very small parts that we can pass in and out. What we don’t want to do is disadvantage the patient by offering them an inferior stability of the heart so that the quality of the operation isn’t as good when you do it as a keyhole. I said to Alex, ‘could you make something that comes apart in pieces, pass through a very small incision that we can use to hold the heart stable? Could we make it to throw it away and even customise it to the different shapes and sizes?’” For Richard Trimlett it was clear that the heart stabilizer should be small, be capable of being dismantled, and be designed with exposed channels pre-assembly. The role of the stabilizer is to keep the heart muscle still at the precise point where the surgeon wants to make an intervention. Alex Berry took on the task and presented a biocompatible prototype of the heart stabilizer: one part made of plastic (SLS) and one part made of metal (LaserCUSING). The component consists of a rod on which the U-shaped heart stabilizer is inserted, like a stamp. The surgeon presses the stabilizer onto the operating site that he wants to keep still to make an intervention. 

Short development time and care for the patient
The heart stabilizer was successfully developed in just three months. Previously, it was not uncommon for such a new development to take up to ten years. The component itself is printed by ES Technology on an Mlab cusing from Concept Laser  in the space of three to four hours. It consists of a metallic basic body and several plastic suction points that aspirate by means of a vacuum. Both parts are joined together using a sandwich technique. “The solution is estimated to have cost only around £15,000 to develop. Comparable conventional developments used to cost upwards of a million pounds,” says Berry to illustrate the relative sums involved. But from Richard Trimlett’s point of view, it is primarily the patient who benefits from the new instruments using in heart operations. Here he cites an average rehabilitation time for the patient of around six months following a conventional surgical intervention. “Initial experience indicates,” according to Richard Trimlett, “that patients undergo a demonstrably gentler procedure and can recover after just three to four weeks.”

Cooperation between surgeons and Sutrue
The Sutrue Team have been involved in the development of medical operating equipment for more than 10 years. A precise analysis of the operating method is absolutely essential to allow suitable medical instruments to be developed. To achieve this, surgeons work together closely with expert medical consultants, such as Richard Trimlett. Trimlett, who is a cardiologist, attempts to translate the specifications and wishes into a specific set of requirements. With Alex Berry from Sutrue, he has access to a manufacturing expert who transfers the requirements into CAD designs and geometries. Sutrue has been working with AM methods for around (ten) 7 years. “AM makes it possible to produce geometries that cannot be achieved using traditional manufacturing methods. In addition, the parts have greater performance capacity or functional precision, or else they are extremely delicate or small. This is often precisely what the surgeon was previously lacking,” explained Alex Berry. 

Sutrue relies on machine technology from Concept Laser
ES Technology, Concept Laser’s UK distributor, manufactures the parts for the automated suturing device on an Mlab cusing machine using the LaserCUSING process, also known as 3D metal printing. The Mlab cusing is particularly suitable for manufacturing delicate parts where a high level of surface quality is demanded. The special thing about the compact machine is its very user-friendly, pull-out drawer system that is very safe at the same time. This includes both the build chamber with dose chamber and the storage container. It allows a rapid change of material without the risk of any contamination of powder materials. The patented drawer system is available with three different sizes of build envelope (50 x 50 x 80 mm3, 70 x 70 x 80 mm3, 90 x 90 x 80 mm3). Also available now is its “big brother,” the Mlab cusing 200R, which allows even greater productivity thanks to a doubling of the laser power from 100 watts to 200 watts. In addition, a larger build envelope has been created and this increases the build volume by as much as 54% (max. 100 x 100 x 100 mm3).

In this case, the machine technology from Concept Laser makes it possible to produce the teeth of the gear mechanism, which are just 0.4 mm long. Up to 600 parts can be printed on one single build plate. After the tooth system has been removed from the powder bed, it does not require any finishing thanks to the very high accuracy of the metal-powder-based process. Stainless steel 316L is used. Alex Berry explains: “In addition to the restrictions on geometry, conventionally milled or cast parts have a few other drawbacks. It takes a great deal of time to get to the finished prototype. In addition, the costs are very high. In 3D printing the parts are produced very quickly and at a fraction of the previous costs of prototyping. But the potential for bionic designs, reproducibility, miniaturization and not least the reduction in the number of parts and outlay on assembly is also vast. If one looks at the full spectrum of optimizing manufacturing and product design coupled with an increase in functionality, 3D printing is capable of revolutionizing medical instruments.”

automated suturing device on the build plate

Additively manufactured parts of the automated suturing device on the build plate of an Mlab cusing from Concept Laser

Outlook
Richard Trimlett and Alex Berry already see an even greater challenge on the horizon. The buzzword is artificial hearts, that is to say mechanical pumps that perform the function of the heart. The previous models have weaknesses. AM could lead to new thinking in this area. The pump could be designed to be smaller. The really intriguing thing, according to Richard Trimlett, is the possibility of integrating electromagnetic functions for moving the pump. These are just a few of the basic considerations for redesigning mechanical heart pumps. AM seems to be inspiring the experts in the field of cardiology.

Canadore introduces additive manufacturing capabilities to companies building parts for space mining

Canadore College’s Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (ICAMP) and Canada Makes are helping ensure Canada’s participation in the next stages of mining in space. Working with Ontario based Deltion Innovations and Atlas Copco, ICAMP introduced its additive manufacturing capability to produce prototype tool ends for a space mining multi-purpose tool, labeled PROMPT (Percussive and Rotary Multi-Purpose Tool). The device would prospect for water, ice and resources on the moon and beyond.

“For obvious reasons, this project was a dream to work on,” said Evan Butler-Jones, applied research lead at ICAMP. “The complexity of this undertaking made it both challenging and exciting. It is thrilling to participate in this small way to Canada’s efforts in developing the space mining industry.”

Canada Makes helped fund the eight-month project through its Metal Additive Demonstration Program. Butler-Jones had this to add, “Canada Makes funding was essential in proving the potential of additive for these tools, and led to further work completing the final parts. The final parts were a hybrid of additive with post machining of certain features.‎”

Deltion describes the combination drill and rotary multi-use tool as a “space-age Swiss Army knife.” One of the goals is to be able to drill mine for water and ice on the moon. It would also be used in robotic construction, maintenance and repair tasks.

Atlas and Deltion brought the PROMPT concept and tool designs to ICAMP for manufacturing and production. The Centre utilized its additive manufacturing resources, including its 3D metal printer the EOS M290 and computer numerical control equipment, to prototype the commissioned parts.

Canadians to develop space mining tool

Artist rendition of a mining operation in space. (Screenshot via YouTube)

“Deltion has been working on space mining technologies for almost two decades,” said Dale Boucher, CEO of Deltion Innovations. “The use of additive manufacturing is a means to develop the complex geometries required for the tool ends of PROMPT. We are very pleased with the results of this project and we look forward to a continued collaboration with ICAMP.”

The finalized products were delivered to Deltion Innovations, who will be testing the multi-purpose tool for future deep space applications with an eye on the moon, the asteroids and even Mars.

About Deltion Innovations
Deltion Innovations Ltd. is an award winning mining equipment Design Company.  The highly skilled team of professionals has been designing and fabricating drilling and excavation technology for more than a decade, specializing in transferring and adapting technologies developed in the space sector to the terrestrial market and vice versa. www.deltion.ca

About ICAMP
Canadore College’s Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (ICAMP) consists of 13, 300 sq. ft. of industrial lab and design space capable of helping small- and medium-sized enterprises conceptualize, design, prototype, test and manufacture products. The Centre includes a large boardroom and 12-seat 3D theatre and specializes in additive manufacturing, precision 3D scanning, design and simulation software, CNC manufacturing, robotics, microscopy, destructive material testing, and non-destructive material testing. Resources include EOS and Stratasys equipment, Creaform scanning equipment, 3DS Solidworks, Solidthinking Inspire and Geomagics, 9-axis machining centre, waterjet cutting, YuMi robot, scanning electron microscope, multiple optical microscopes and more www.canadorecollege.ca

About Canada Makes
A Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) initiative, Canada Makes is a network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of additive manufacturing in Canada. For more information on Canada Makes, please visit www.canadamakes.ca or contact Frank Defalco at frank.defalco@cme-mec.ca

The Metal Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Program is funding by NRC-IRAP and is designed to help Canadian industries increase awareness and assist in understanding the advantages of the metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology. Canada Makes works with a group of AM experts who provide participating companies guidance of the advantages and business opportunities in terms of cost savings and efficiencies of AM.

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McMaster University joins Canada Makes

Canada Makes is pleased to welcome McMaster UniversityMcMaster University as a member to its network. A world-class institution, McMaster’s Faculty of Engineering plays a key role in helping the University earn its well-deserved reputation as one of Canada’s most innovative universities in learning and research.

“McMaster’s is delighted to be part of Canada Makes and play an important role in moving up the bar for Canada’s additive manufacturing (AM) sector,” said Prof. Mohamed Elbestawi, Director W. Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology, which is part of McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering. “We share Canada Makes’ vision of getting more people involved in and helping industry in adopting AM.”

Canada Makes is looking forward to working with McMaster University to further our common goals. Partnerships like this, developed through Canada Makes, only improve Canada’s AM eco-system, creating an environment where the sector can thrive,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes.

About McMaster University
Founded in 1887, McMaster University is one of only four Canadian universities consistently ranked in the Top 100 in the world.

The McMaster Faculty of Engineering has a reputation for innovative programs, cutting-edge research, leading faculty, and aspiring students. It has earned a strong reputation as a centre for academic excellence and innovation. The Faculty has approximately 160 faculty members, along with close to 4,000 undergraduate and about 1000 graduate students. www.mcmaster.ca

About Canada Makes
A Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) initiative, Canada Makes is a network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of additive manufacturing in Canada. For more information on Canada Makes, please visit www.canadamakes.ca or contact Frank Defalco at frank.defalco@cme-mec.ca

P&G and AMM partner with Canada Makes’ Metal Additive Demonstration Program

Procter & Gamble Belleville Plant partnered with Additive Metal Manufacturing Inc. (AMM) and Canada Makes to explore building new customized parts using additive manufacturing (AM). The project was funded through Canada Makes’ Metal Additive Demonstration Program.

“Parts can be very difficult even impossible to make with traditional subtractive machining processes,” said Haixia Jin, FullSizeRenderP&G Engineering Technical Manager. “Metal 3D printing offers an exciting alternative to commercial off-the-shelf parts that cannot achieve complicated design requirements or internal cavity geometry. Even in cases where commercial customization is available and able, it usually comes with significant additional cost or an unbearable long lead-time.”

The example piece of work is printed to serve the combined purposes to deliver fluid to designated locations with the four extended legs while minimizing disturbance to the flow that it merges in. The vast metallurgy choices also provide a wide spectrum of chemical/environmental resistance. This illustrated part was printed in Stainless Steel taking advantage of its good anti-corrosion performance.

“AMM is delighted to be partnering with P&G and Canada Makes in assisting P&G introduce 3D METAL printing into their supply chain,” said Norman Holesh, President AMM. “P&G embarked on this journey with the full understanding that to be successful, the technology must be embraced as early as possible in the design stage. This technology is neither an alternative to subtractive manufacturing nor a replacement for it but an addition to the entire manufacturing process and allows for previously unthinkable designs and a dramatic reduction in lead times.”

IMG_6928“Design rules have changed and AMM works with its customers to help them understand and embrace these changes and take full advantage of design freedom,” added Holesh

“Designing and building complex parts as well as the lead-time saved are two big advantages that AM offers users of the technology. This project certainly was an excellent example offered through Canada Makes’ Metal Additive Demonstration Program,” stated Frank Defalco Manager Canada Makes. “Canada Makes will continue to partner with Canadian companies looking to the advantages offered by having additive manufacturing as a powerful new option in creating parts previously unfeasible.”

About AMM

Advanced Manufacturing Canada
Additive Metal Manufacturing Inc. is a full-service 3D METAL printing bureau located in Toronto and assists its customers understand the additive journey from design all the way to finished printed component parts. AMM is a progressive, productive and respected leader providing integrated and advanced manufacturing technology solutions within the emerging market for AM ensuring their industrial partners have the best opportunity to excel and Take Back Manufacturing for Canada. AMM is certified with both ISO 9001 and for Controlled Goods. www.additivemet.com

About Procter & Gamble Belleville Plant
Opened in 1975, the Belleville, Ontario site now produces Always and Olay products for North America and the globe.

  • In 1984, the Belleville site started manufacturing Always feminine care products
  • The site currently manufactures the entire line of Always products, including pads, liners, Always Infinity and Always Discreet, as well as Olay Daily Facials
  • Since 2010, the site has received a prestigious manufacturing excellence award, the highest recognition among P&G manufacturing facilities

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, the site set a Guinness World Record for the largest game of “Follow the Leader” in the world.

The Metal Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Program is funded by NRC-IRAP and is designed to help Canadian industries increase awareness and assist in understanding the advantages of the metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology. Canada Makes works with a group of AM experts who provide participating companies guidance of the advantages and business opportunities in terms of cost savings and efficiencies of AM.

About Canada Makes
A Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) initiative, Canada Makes is a network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of additive manufacturing in Canada. For more information on Canada Makes, please visit www.canadamakes.ca

Media contact:
Frank Defalco at frank.defalco@cme-mec.ca

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Canada Makes releases the Metal Additive Design Guide

A new introductory design guide for metal 3D printing is now available.

OTTAWA – Canada Makes is proud to announce the launch of the Metal Additive Design Guide and invites you to explore this great new tool. The Guide was developed to assist companies interested in trying metal additive manufacturing (AM). Following the same format as the Metal Additive Process Guide, the Metal Additive Design Guide is once again a free service that introduces concepts needed when designing for additive manufacturing (DfAD).Metal Additive Design Guide

“The Metal Additive Design Guide is easy to use, interactive, offering useful information for newcomers to this technology,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “Its primary function is to help guide Canadian SMEs looking at metal AM and how it might be added to their process. It’s a great educational resource bringing great value to users and it’s just plain cool.”

Simple, yet crucial questions like, “how big can my parts be” or, “what materials can I use” are answered in this interactive app. The Guide is not designed for the experienced metal AM user but rather someone looking for quick and straightforward answers regarding DfAM.

Screen-guide

“Canada Makes’ goal is to assist Canadian industry in adopting additive manufacturing and the Metal Additive Metal Additive Process GuideDesign Guide continues in that vain where the Metal Additive Process Guide left off,” added Defalco.

Time saving is one of the major advantage in adopting AM processes versus traditional manufacturing. Through this free resource SMEs can receive quick answers to certain concepts about metal additive. The Guide will help speed up Canada’s manufacturing sector in understanding the capabilities of metal AM. This knowledge should expand AM adoption and invigorate Canada’s burgeoning AM supply chain, growing Canada’s competitiveness.

Canada Makes would like to state how greatly it appreciates the assistance to all those that made the Metal Additive Process Guide possible.

Altair Canada Mazak
Autodesk Microfabrica
Prof. Mike Ashby, Cambridge University MIT Aero/Astro
Burloak Technologies Moog Inc
Boothroyd Dewhurst Reaction Engines
Cranfield University Renishaw
Dassault Systemes Robarts Research Institute
ExOne Senvol
FusiA solidThinking
GE Aviation U.S. Navy ManTech Navy
Gradientspace Metalworking Canter/Cocurrent
HiETA Technologies Corporation
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The Metal Additive Design Guide was funded through the National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program in accordance with the Metal Additive Demonstration Program.

Canada Makes is looking forward to partnering once again with NRC-IRAP and deliver the Metal AM Demonstration Program. The program plans to continue to expand the AM knowledge base for Canada’s manufacturing sector and work with all stakeholders to grow the sector.

The Metal Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Program is delivered by Canada Makes through funding by NRC-IRAP. The program is designed to help Canadian industries increase awareness and assist in understanding the advantages of the metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology. Canada Makes works with a group of AM experts who provide participating companies guidance of the advantages and business opportunities in terms of cost savings and efficiencies of AM.

About Canada Makes
A Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) initiative, Canada Makes is a network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of additive manufacturing in Canada. For more information on Canada Makes, please visit www.canadamakes.ca

Media contact:
Frank Defalco at frank.defalco@cme-mec.ca

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EMV vehicle goes metal additive with Canada Makes & Precision ADM

Battery box cap

Battery box cap

Additive manufacturing is changing how we build things and electric vehicles in how we go places. For these reasons they are often referred to as ‘disruptive technologies’ so combining them is sure to offer some interesting possibilities. This recently happened when Canada Makes, Precision ADM, and Electra Meccanica Vehicles (EMV) partnered on an additive manufactured battery box end cap for an electric automobile.

“The Metal Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Program allowed EMV to start exploring metal additive manufacturing capabilities and I’m very excited to expand our working relationship with additive manufacturing technologies,” said Jerry Kroll CEO of EMV.

The Battery box cap part was manufactured using titanium (Ti64ELI) on Precision ADM’s EOS M290.  “We thought titanium would be the best material for its strength to weight ratio,” said Martin Petrak, CEO and President Precision ADM. “It allowed a reduction of the wall thickness by half therefore reducing the weight while maintaining the parts strength and stiffness.”

“The Part was delivered to spec and installed on a prototype in less than two weeks,” stated Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “This project highlights two of the main appeals in adopting additive manufacturing. The time saved receiving a working metal prototype, which speeds up new products to market, and significant weight savings of parts when designed for additive manufacturing (DfAM).”

“Using our advanced training in DfAM from EOS, we are able to use these design rules to help clients save on the build times and material cost,” added Petrak. “Designing for Metal AM is new tool in the tool box for Advanced Digital Manufacturing, that more and more companies are now investing in.”

Canada Makes’ Metal Additive Manufacturing Demonstration program recently completed its third round of funding and is pleased to report that over 50 Canadian companies participated last year. A new round of funding is currently being negotiated for the coming fiscal year.

The Metal Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Program is funding by NRC-IRAP and is designed to help Canadian industries increase awareness and assist in understanding the advantages of the metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology. Canada Makes works with a group of AM experts who provide participating companies guidance of the advantages and business opportunities in terms of cost savings and efficiencies of AM.

About Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp.
Electra Meccanica strives to be the driving force behind sustainable transport by creating the compelling mass market, all-electric SOLO. The vehicle will make the urban commute more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly. The SOLO’s futuristic design is powered by a 16.1 kWhs lithium ion battery and the drive system is tuned for higher speed and mobility. With a range of 160kms (100 miles), and a top speed of 130kms/h (80 mph), the SOLO delivers superior performance and spirited driving. electrameccanica.com

About Precision ADM
Precision ADM is a contract engineering and manufacturing solutions provider that uses additive manufacturing (3D Printing) as a core technology. Precision ADM has created a full Advanced Digital Manufacturing hub from Design to Engineering, to Manufacturing and finishing.  Complimented by multi-axis machining capability, PADM identifies, develops, and manufactures high value components and device applications for the medical, aerospace, energy and industrial sectors. PADM is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. www.precisionadm.com

About Canada Makes
A Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) initiative, Canada Makes is a network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of additive manufacturing in Canada. For more information on Canada Makes, please visit www.canadamakes.ca

Media contact:
Frank Defalco at frank.defalco@cme-mec.ca

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Canadian poised to repeat at Additive World Design for AM Challenge 2017

On February 13, 2017 Additive Industries announced the finalists of Additive World Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge 2017. Finalists include last years’ winner Cassidy Silbernagel from Calgary AB, representing the University of Nottingham.

Last years’ winning design was an innovative electric motor casing to fit into an existing crankshaft case of a regular motorcycle enabling electrification. Silbernagel’s design reduces eight parts to one lightweight component and integrated room for heat transfer and well-rounded wiring tunnels.

Motor casing

2016 winning design Electric motor casing

More about last years event here (http://additiveindustries.com/uploads/media/58331c8e964fc/160324-additive-industries-press-release-winners-design-for-am-challenge-def.pdf)

For this years’ contest designers were asked to tailor their designs, to eliminate manufacturing difficulties, reduce the number of parts, minimize assembly or lower logistics costs, often combined. Designs were submitted from all over the world including the US, the Netherlands, Germany, UK, Spain, India, Russia and Italy representing different sectors, advanced food processing, the aeronautics industry, automotive as well as high-tech.

“After seeing last year’s winning professional design, I was inspired to create a design which also had moving parts,” said Cassidy. This years submission is a redesigned additive manufactured carburettor for an internal combustion engine, Cassidy wanted to show an assembly of moving parts without normal assembly. It is extremely lightweight from the thin walls and self-supporting lattices.

Redesigned carburettor

Redesigned carburettor finalist for 2017 Challenge

The other finalists for the student category include the team Alliance from the Alliance University (Department of Aerospace Engineering, India) who integrated three key benefits of AM in test model manufacturing for a Supersonic Wind Tunnel: no tooling is required, costs effective for complex geometries, fast turnaround from design to part. The student from the Russian Federation, Boris Sokolov, optimised the design of an industrial robot arm with topology optimization. For more on this years event (http://additiveindustries.com/uploads/media/58a31ad498d12/170211-press-release-finalists-design-challenge-en-final.pdf)

A graduate of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Calgary, Cassidy is in the UK currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Nottingham. He is researching the possibility of using AM in electric motors, specifically using AM to create coils/windings using a conductive metal like copper or aluminum and an insulating material like ceramic.

“I would ultimately like to bring this experience I’ve gained in AM and design for AM back to Canada so that it can become a world leader in the technology,” Cassidy offered.

Winners are to be announced on Wednesday March 15, during Additive World Awards Dinner in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

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AMM partners with the UNB and CanmetMaterials for hybrid builds in additive manufacturing

Toronto based Additive Metal Manufacturing (AMM) partnering with the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and CanmetMaterials is validating hybrid builds for diecasting and injection molding applications. A hybrid build is an innovative technique where subtractive and additive processes are combined to achieve maximum economic advantage.

Machined Hybrid part

Machined Hybrid part

“Cooperative projects that increase capability and value to Canada’s additive manufacturing supply chain is a win for the whole country,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes.

The hybrid build process offers considerable cost benefit where the functioning part of an insert is smaller than the non-functional part and the cost of building the larger portion using additive technology can be expensive. A hybrid build is good for any application where molten substance is injected into dies and thermal issues are causing part warpage and lengthy cool down cycles.

Hybrid build

Hybrid build

Using its EOS M290, AMM is successfully combining different metals and incorporating conformal cooling channels in the additive portion of hybrids and achieving unprecedented results. Conformal cooling allows major reductions in cycle times, scrap and warpage of parts by lowering operating temperatures previously unattainable through traditional means. Lower operating temperatures also have the added benefit of longer tool life.

Mechanical and metallurgical validation testing of the hybrid builds is carried out in collaboration with the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and CanmetMaterials in Hamilton.

AMM announces two new certifications.
AMM recently received both their ISO 9001 certificate and their Controlled Goods certification allowing them to penetrate further into Tier 1 manufacturers.

About the AMM

AMM is a progressive, productive and respected leader providing integrated and advanced manufacturing technology solutions within the emerging market for Additive Manufacturing ensuring that our industrial partners have the best opportunity to excel and Take Back Manufacturing for Canada. www.additivemet.com

About University of New Brunswick
The faculty of engineering at the University of New Brunswick has been preparing graduates for success in their engineering careers since 1854, when UNB was the first university in Canada to introduce an engineering program.

UNB graduates have gone on to help design and build bridges, make cleaner fuels and next-generation wireless communications tools. Researchers at the faculty are developing technologies to help improve satellite imagery used by Google Earth and the Canadian Department of National Defence. Others are in helping develop biofuels and renewable energy. www.unb.ca/fredericton/engineering/depts/mechanical/people/mohammadi.html

About CanmetMATERIALS (Natural Resources Canada)
CanmetMATERIALS is the largest research centre in Canada dedicated fabricating, processing and evaluating metals and materials. Scientific and technical staff in Hamilton and Calgary research and develop materials solutions for Canadian industry in the energy, transportation and metal-manufacturing sectors. http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/mining-materials/materials-technology/8234

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IDC report reveals additive manufacturing adoption barriers facing companies

European Aerospace and Healthcare Industries Leading 3D Printing Adoption for Finished Part Manufacturing but Still Facing Long List of Adoption Barriers, Says IDC.

The International Data Corporation (IDC) has released findings from a recent survey that involved European aerospace and healthcare companies that have adopted 3D printing technologies into their workflow. According to the survey, companies in France, Germany, Italy, and the UK are leading the way in the adoption of additive manufacturing for finished products. And while the survey findings reveal the ways in which 3D printing is being successfully used in the aerospace and healthcare markets, they also point to many challenges that companies are still facing in fully integrating the manufacturing technology.

First, let’s take a look at the good. The companies surveyed highlighted some of the key draws of adopting 3D printing technologies for the production of finished parts. Namely, 3D printing has provided a manufacturing alternative that allows for lighter, more complex structures to be made; it has enabled short run production cycles (also helping to cut back on costs); and it can offer more flexibility to manufacturers compared to molding or subtractive manufacturing processes.

Not only providing an alternative to existing manufacturing processes, however, 3D printing has also allowed for wholly new parts to be created that would be impossible to make using traditional manufacturing methods. Complex parts that can be printed in a single go, for instance, would require numerous components and joint reinforcements to make otherwise, making them heavier or simply unfeasible.

Example of complex 3D printed part

Of course, there are still a number of areas in which 3D printing technologies can be improved (and are being improved upon regularly!). Through the survey, the IDC was able to identify a number of these areas, where companies still have reservations about the potentials of 3D printing technologies. They are: materials, hardware, knowledge, lack of industry-specific solutions, and regulatory compliance.

In terms of materials, the companies suggested that the currently limited range of 3D printing materials was one of the main inhibiting factors for adopting additive manufacturing in the aerospace and healthcare sectors. They said that the properties of existing polymers often fail to meet industry requirements, while metal 3D printing materials are still limited and often too expensive for regular use.

3D printing hardware was also cited as a challenge for the companies, who found that to comply with accelerating production demands, 3D printers would need to become faster and larger. According to the survey, reliability and maintenance of 3D printers were also significant inhibiting factors, with many of those surveyed citing downtimes of over 25%.

Metal powder for 3D printing

The third point, knowledge, is also notable, as companies found the lack of internal 3D printing knowledge to be a challenge in the adoption of 3D printing technologies… more 

International Data Corporation (IDC)

SOURCE – 3Ders.org