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Innovative Solutions for Lightweight Design and Digital Manufacturing

On September 28th the Transatlantic Cluster for Lightweighting (TraCLight) hosted an international workshop at the University of Waterloo “Additive Manufacturing: Ready for the Future? Innovative Solutions for Lightweight Design and Digital Manufacturing.” The workshop concluded with a tour of the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Lab (MSAM) at the University.

EOS North America, technology and market leader for design- driven industrial 3D printing, Fraunhofer Germany, a key worldwide player in AM research, as well as Rosswag Engineering, a pioneer of AM applications in Germany, presented on commercialization and some very helpful business cases.

The presenters have kindly agreed to share their slides with Canada Makes. We thank the speakers for allowing us to share the very informative AM content with our audience. Click on the titles below to view the presentations.

Presenter Title
Tyson Gregory, EOS Improving the Business Case for AM by Part Selection Methodologies
Dr. Bernhard Müller, IWU Fraunhofer Design Guidelines for AM
Dr. Sven Donisi, Rosswag Metal AM in a Holistic Process Chain
Austin Isaacs Workshop 1 – Hybrid Structures:
Functional Integration with AM
Gregor Graf / Sven Donisi, Rosswag Workshop 2 – Enhanced Tooling via Metal AM for Volume Production
Bernhard Müller, IWU Fraunhofer Workshop 3- Conformal Cooling with AM
Ehsan Toyserkani/ Mihaela Vlasea, University of Waterloo Workshop 4 – Lightweight Design Using Cellular and Lattice Design
structures and High-Performance Materials

Canada Makes AM ForumBe sure not to miss the November 22nd Canada Makes and the University of Waterloo Present: Additive Manufacturing Supply Chain & Logistics Forum

For more information visit www.traclight-cluster.com

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About TraCLight: TraCLight is a project of the Development Agency of Baden-Württemberg/Germany and sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to enhance the international expansion and networking of German and North American companies and research centers in the field of lightweighting. We started with TraCLight in January 2017 and are at the moment focused on building up a network of companies and research institutions in Canada, the US and Germany. Moreover our focus is on the development of joint R&D projects. We have 5 projects in the pipeline right now and are searching for adequate international partners. Two of these projects are in the field of additive manufacturing.

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About MSAM: The Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Lab focuses on next generation additive manufacturing processes. To this end, the lab explores novel techniques to develop advanced materials, innovative products, modeling and simulation tools, monitoring devices, closed-loop control systems, quality assurance algorithms and holistic in-situ and ex-situ characterization techniques.

Trade Mission: Canada Makes to visit the UK

Canada Makes is leading a trade mission to the UK this coming June 6th.  The delegation will visit institutions using metal additive manufacturing with a particular emphasis on aerospace.

Following Canada Makes’ successful trade mission to Germany this past January, it was decided more international trade missions for Canada’s additive manufacturing sector would be good business.

“The Canada Makes Trade Mission to Germany was a great way for our company to connect with international additive manufacturing leaders,” said Martin Petrak, the President and CEO of Precision ADM. “We also took the opportunity to meet with other Canadian companies interested in collaborating on national and international business opportunities.”

This mission includes a full four-day agenda, including visits to Renishaw, GKN Aerospace, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre AMRC both at the University of Sheffield and likely Jaguar.

In addition to your own travel and accommodation costs, Canada Makes/CME will charge an administration fee of $500.

A limited number of spaces are available on a first-come-first serve basis.

Contact Frank Defalco for more information and to apply for the trade mission:
(613) 238-8888 ext:2267
frank.defalco@cme-mec.ca

Read about our highly successful trade mission to Germany here.

About Canada Makes:

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

Canada Makes hosted by EOS in Germany

Canada Makes’ trade mission to Germany included a highly anticipated visit to EOS GmbH Electrox Optical Systems headquarters located in Munich. With 25 years of experience EOS is one of the most appreciated companies in the Additive Manufacturing and industrial 3D printing world and is a member of Canada Makes.

“EOS’s facilities are superb and very impressive,” said Frank Defalco, Manager of Canada Makes who lead the trade mission to Germany. ” Their expertise is what make EOS such a valued member to Canada Makes and we are very pleased to have had the chance to meet with them on this mission.”

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Canadian delegates standing in front of an EOS M 290 at EOS headquarters in Germany

EOS offers e-Manufacturing solutions as well as easy and cost-effective entry solutions for companies looking to enter into the world of AM.

Canada Makes was also able to visit to FIT Additive Manufacturing Group, a group specialized in innovative solutions in the field of additive manufacturing ranging from Rapid Prototyping to serial production, software, and hardware development since 1995.

About EOS

EOS is a world leading technology and quality leader for high-end solutions in the area of additive manufacturing (AM). The company, which was founded in 1989, is a pioneer and global leader in the area of direct metal laser sintering, and also a provider of a leading polymer technology. For these industrial 3D printing processes, EOS offers a modular solutions portfolio that consists of systems, software, materials, as well as technical and AM consulting services. EOS is the partner of choice for industrial AM-based production, and provides long-term solutions for industry. Customers using these solutions are able to take advantage of a technology that is heralding a paradigm shift: light-weight structures, cost reductions based on functional integration, product customization and accelerated product development and production.

About FIT Additive Manufacturing Group

FIT Technology Group specializes in innovative solutions in the field of additive manufacturing. Ranging from Rapid Prototyping to serial production, software, and hardware development: they are able to provide all services under one roof quickly and reliably.

About Canada Makes

Canada Makes is a network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of advanced and additive manufacturing in Canada. The network covers a broad range of additive manufacturing technologies including 3D printing; reverse engineering 3D imaging; medical implants and replacement human tissue; metallic 3D printing; printable electronics; 3D printing with electronics embedded, Industry 4.0, and more.

DMG Mori: Technology for the future

On January 26, 2016, the capabilities of new German technology were demonstrated to Canada Makes and Canadian delegates by DMG Mori, a leading international manufacturer of lathes, machining centres, multi-axis turning centers, and grinders who have adopted additive manufacturing technology.

The potential for additive manufacturing is being pressed from all sides by the new technology. One example is the DMG Mori Lastertech 65 3D, a 5-axis milling machine with the ability to work ten times the speed of current powder bed technologies.

“What these machines are capable of is truly astonishing,” says Frank DeFalco, Manager for Canada Makes who is leading the trade mission. “Partnerships between Canadian and German industry leaders ensures that information about these processes is flowing in both directions.”

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Canada Makes delegation fronting DGM MORI’s Lasertec 65 3D

The highlights of the machine’s technical capabilities are worth note. From the DMG Mori website:

  • MILL + LASER: Full 5-axis milling machine from DECKEL MAHO in stable monoBLOCK®-design; flexible integration of a laser head by HSK-interface
  • Complete machining in milling quality with fully automated change between milling and laser operation
  • Laser deposition welding with powder nozzle: 10-times faster vs. powder-bed-process
  • Large working room for workpieces up to ø 600 mm, 400 mm height and max. 600 kg

Canada Makes’ trade mission is focused on bringing leading ideas and technologies to Canadian additive manufacturers to ensure that our Canadian economy stays connected and competitive.

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Canada Makes leads trade mission to Germany

Canadian Manufacturing & Exporters’ (CME) Canada Makes is taking part in its first trade mission. A delegation from Canada’s additive manufacturing sector will visit Germany next week, January 24-30. The mission will visit leaders in the German metal additive manufacturers sector in and around Munich and Hamburg, with a particularly focus on OEM’s.

“Canada Makes is looking for avenues to build strong stable relationships on behalf of the Canadian Manufacturing sector,” said Frank Defalco, the Manager of Canada Makes who will lead the Canada Makes mission in Germany. “Sharing knowledge and skills across borders is vital to succeeding in the global economy and this mission reinforces Canada’s interest in adopting metal additive manufacturing to keep us competitive.”

Delegates will be taking part in a full day tour of the DMG MORI plant at DECKEL MAHO to see the latest innovations and groundbreaking technologies on offer, also on the agenda is a visit to Airbus Defence & Space at the Ludwig Boelkow Campus (LBC).

Another stop on the trade mission is a tour with Electro Optical Systems (EOS) offering insight about their approach to innovation through lightweight construction, shortened R&D times, and reduced manufacturing costs–all important benefits in the adoption of additive manufacturing.

Included are stops at FIT AG Additive Manufacturing Group which specialize in innovative solutions in the field of additive manufacturing, and Hoedtke GmbH & Co. KG metal and laser technology who specialize in the handling and processing of metallic materials. The final stop will be SLM Solutions who focus on the development, production and distribution of  innovative selective laser melting systems.

Trade missions like this are about opening doors, providing on-the-ground support, business-to business contacts, information and tools for Canadian businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). With Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service offering its experience and expertise in planning the mission it is sure to be a successful and enjoyable experience and the first of more to come.