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Canada Makes, Edmit & MDA team up for innovative space application parts

Canada Makes, Edmit Industries Inc. of Chateauguay Quebec and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Quebec partnered to build 3D printed Titanium parts for an innovative graphite strut structure for flight application. This is another Additive Manufacturing (AM) project that demonstrates how this technology offers solutions not straightforwardly feasible through conventional manufacturing means. Canada Makes enabled, with funding through its Metal Additive Demonstration program, the manufacturing development and build of the Titanium 3D printed parts at Edmit.

“This is yet another example of how additive manufacturing is transforming how satellite parts are being manufactured” says Joanna Boshouwers, MDA’s Vice President and General Manager. “The parts were 3D printed by Edmit, and then tested by MDA to the extreme temperatures of space and the punishing vibration environment of a launch. The Canada Makes program played a key role in accelerating the adoption of AM for this space application, which will lead increase use of this AM technology going forward.”

“One of the primary goals of the Canada Makes program is to promote the Canadian additive manufacturing industry, and this successful project will go a long way to encourage increased use of this technology,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “Additive manufacturing is a disruptive technology, and this project is testimony of that fact, and we are excited about the opportunities this solution provides to other companies.”

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3D Printed Titanium Bracket and Hub for a Satellite Graphite Strut Structure

The parts are used in the assembly of a lightweight antenna graphite spaceframe, optimized for strength, stiffness, thermal performance and mass.

Various satellite manufacturers are using additive manufacturing to reduce cost and schedule required to build spacecraft parts. Space System Loral (SSL), a subsidiary of MDA, recently announced they also started to incorporate the technology into their satellite structures.

Although 3D printing offers new possibilities in the manufacture of satellites, the transition from conventional manufacturing to this new AM approach can be somewhat challenging and expensive. It is therefore important to adopt this technology in the appropriate circumstances in order to get the full benefit.

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 MDA
MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.

MDA’s business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, primarily in the Communications sector and the Surveillance and Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.

MDA’s established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 15 locations in the United States, Canada, and internationally. www.mdacorporation.com

About Edmit
A small to medium size company that specializes in the manufacturing of high-end precision components and assemblies. As Innovators and researchers, EDMIT provides leading edge and innovative methods and concepts. With more than 35 years of expertise, Edmit Inc. specializes in metal additive manufacturing (3D printing) of precision metal parts for the aerospace, space and medical industries and have been a key partner for research and development projects for space application for the past five years. edmitinc.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 or contact Frank Defalco at frank.defalco@cme-mec.ca

 

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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