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Mazak joins Canada Makes

Canada Makes is pleased to welcome Mazak Canada as its newest Leadership level partner. Mazak has been contributing to the Mazakdevelopment of the machine tool industry as a leading global company since 1919 and adding their expertise is a big plus to our network.

“Mazak Canada is excited to be a partner in the Canada Makes Network. As a leader in Additive / Subtractive Direct Energy Deposition technology, we strive to be at the forefront of this manufacturing evolution,” said Ray Buxton,
 General Manager
Mazak Corporation Canada. “Being part of the Canada Makes network will allow us to work closer with industry partners and allow us to better support this emerging technology as it develops into a mainstream manufacturing process.”

MAZAK VC500 5X AM MACHINE

Mazak VC500 5X AM hybrid machine

Mazak currently produces three distinct models of Additive / Subtractive equipment. The VC500 5x AM – entry level machine for colleges, universities and research laboratories. The Integrex i200S AM and the Variaxis J-600/5x WAAM wire feed deposition machine.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the capabilities of the Mazak hybrid additive / subtractive systems,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. ”Canada Makes wants our manufacturing sector to have state-of-the-art tools and Mazak is a partner that can help achieve this.”

Save the date of October 19th as Canada Makes is looking forward to co-hosting a workshop at Mazak’s Technology Centre in Cambridge, Ontario. The event will showcase Direct Energy Deposition, Additive / Subtractive technology featuring the Mazak VC500 5X AM machine. More details on the event will be forthcoming.

About Mazak: Canada Technology Centre
Located in Cambridge, Ontario, the Canada Technology Centre is one of Mazak’s eight Technology Centers in North America. The facility enables Mazak to work closely with their customers throughout Canada to generate the most innovative ideas for increasing productivity, efficiency and equipment utilization.

The Canada Technology Centre helps optimize customers’ part-processing operations by providing:

  • Access to the latest Mazak machine tool technology for testing new product solutions
  • Process and application engineering
  • Training facilities and educational seminars

Collaboration opportunities with cutting tool, workholding and automation partners to develop new manufacturing solutions.
Please visit www.mazakcanada.com or call 800-668-5449 for more information.

About Canada Makes
Canada Makes, a CME initiative, is a network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of advanced and additive manufacturing (AM) in Canada. It is an enabler and accelerator of AM-adoption in Canada.

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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