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

Waterloo, Ontario May 22, 2018 – Canada Makes is very pleased to announce the first ever recipients of the Canada Makes 3D Challenge award. The team of Lisa Brock and Yanli Zhu from the University of Waterloo and their design of biodegradable packaging made from mushroom roots best met the criteria of the Challenge, Design solutions for a sustainable future.

“We had contestants from PEI to BC with wonderfully innovative designs and if ideas like this years winning entry is any indication of future designs Canada will most certainly be a World leading innovator in additive manufacturing,” Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes

The award was presented during the first Conference of NSERC Network for Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing (HI-AM) at the University of Waterloo.

Winning team of Yanli Zhu and Lisa Brock of the University of Waterloo with Frank Defalco of Canada Makes

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

We thank all participants of the first ever Canada Makes 3D Challenge. The finalists were; Gitanjali Shanbhag and Issa introduced a design for light-weighting a helicopter tail designs for the tail boom of Airbus H13. Ken Nsiempba submitted a redesign of an internal boat tail support bracket. Nathaniel Claus offered a ONE BIKE concept that allows bikes to transcend limitations set by current production trends through a convertible parts system. Haley Butler is working on developing a potato starch-based plastic 􀂡lament that is suitable for 3D printing. See the finalists’ presentations. canadamakes.ca/canada-makes-3d-…eo-presentations

Renishaw Canada, Burloak Technologies, Altair, Precision ADM, AMM, CAMufacturing, Innotech Alberta, Cimetrix, CRIQ and ISED.

We would also like to thank our partners for their support, without it we would not have been able to make the Canada Makes 3D Challenge a reality.

About HI-AM
The NSERC/CFI HI-AM Network has been conceived to work on innovative solutions to address the challenges associated with metal AM processes/products and to equip Canada for the era of Industry 4.0 and “digital-to-physical conversion.” All HI-AM Network participants meet once a year to present their research findings to the other research teams within the Network and the representatives of our industrial partners. Hosted by a different institution each year, the conference provides a great networking opportunity for the graduate students and PDFs to get to know their colleagues – future additive manufacturing experts of Canada! conference.nserc-hi-am.ca

About the 3D Challenge
Canada Makes holds a yearly Pan-Canadian 3D Printing Challenge for any postsecondary students enrolled in a Canadian college or university. Students in Canada can help change the World with a new idea that uses 3D Printing and win cash prizes and a chance at one of two one-year paid internships! The adoption of digital manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing requires new approaches to skills and training focused on building experiential and collaborative learning. To foster this objective, the Canada Makes 3D Challenge will challenge university/college teams to design a part and compete for a full one-year paid internship from a Burloak Technologies. canadamakes.ca/events/canada-makes-3d-challenge/

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Canada Makes’ 3D Challenge Finalists Video Presentations

On March 21, 2018 Canada Makes announced its five finalist for the 3D Challenge. At the time we requested that each of them produce a short video to showcase their design. We can now share the videos with you (see below).

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 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. 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. 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

Gitanjali Shanbhag and Issa Rishmawi 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5OkB3aykYc

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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNeJ1kwXRZ8&feature=youtu.be

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. https://youtu.be/w9xe3pe8fYI

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. Haley chose not to submit a video.

Canada Makes will announce the overall winner of this years Canada Makes 3D Challenge at the HI-AM conference May 22, 2018 at the University of Waterloo.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their support.

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.