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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

 

Canada Makes, Fusia & MDA team up for space-bound part

Canada Makes, FusiA and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) partnered to build a part to be launched into to space later this year. Additive manufacturing projects like this highlight how the technology is rapidly changing the economics of space. Canada Makes helped with funding through its Metal Additive Demonstration program supported by NRC-IRAP, MDA designed the part and FusiA built it.

“We are accelerating our adoption of additive manufacturing for space,” says Joanna Boshouwers, MDA’s Vice President and General Manager. “The FusiA built part shown will be tested structurally in order to qualify the rest of the batch to fly in space. The support MDA received by Canada Makes’ program has proved to be valuable, allowing us to explore more complex parts produced with this technique.”

“Canada Makes primary goal is to reinforce Canada’s additive manufacturing supply chain and this project is a big step in that direction,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “This is the third round we have partnered with NRC-IRAP on the Metal AM Demonstration Program, and we are very pleased that many others projects are also helping companies learn how to use additive manufacturing to innovate.”

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Spacecraft interface bracket for an antenna

The parts are spacecraft interface brackets for an antenna and been optimised for a flight project.

Various satellite manufacturers are using additive manufacturing to reduce the cost and time required to build spacecraft parts. Boeing recently announced they will begin incorporating the technology, another recent announcement from Poland that they will use 3D printing to develop the country’s first satellites.

3D printing offers new possibilities for manufacturers of satellites. The building of parts with additive manufacturing allows new capabilities not available using conventional manufacturing, although it can be expensive and difficult so it is crucial to use the technology correctly where it offers true benefits.

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 FusiA
With more than 40 years of expertise, FusiA Impression 3D Metal Inc specializes in metal additive manufacturing (3D printing) of precision metal parts for the aerospace, space and defense and they have been a key partner for research and development projects of aeronautics for the past five years. www.fusia.fr

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

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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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Canada Makes Welcomes AP&C as its Newest Leadership-Level Partner

Canada Makes is pleased to announce Montreal based AP&C Advanced Powders and Coatings Inc., part of Arcam Group, is joining Canada Makes. AP&C is a world-leading producer of advanced metal powders from titanium and other reactive or high melting point alloys such as nickel superalloys and niobium.AP&C

“Canada is fortunate to have a member company like AP&C investing in the future of additive manufacturing, Canada Makes welcomes their expertise,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “We look forward to working with AP&C in helping to develop Canada’s additive manufacturing sector and keep growing our supply chain.”

AP&C products are designed for additive manufacturing and other powder metallurgy techniques. The high purity and exceptional flowability make their powders reliable and easy to use for additive manufacturing.

This past October AP&C broke ground on a new plant in Boisbriand Quebec specializing in plasma atomized metal powders for Additive Manufacturing. The $31 million investment will create 106 new jobs in the next three years, on top of 85 people currently employed.

Canada Makes expects the worldwide market for advanced powders like titanium to increase exponentially and see opportunity for Canada’s advanced powder makers to become the world leaders in new products and production.

About AP&C
AP&C is the world leader in the production of titanium powder for additive manufacturing. The Company is ISO 9001 and AS 9100 certified and has currently 130 employees. The Company has a production plant in Boisbriand (Canada) and is building a new plant in St-Eustache (Canada).

About Arcam Group
Arcam Group provides cost-efficient Additive Manufacturing solutions for production of metal components. Arcam’s Electron Beam Melting (EBM®) technology offers design freedom combined with excellent material properties and high productivity. Arcam is, through its solution orientation and comprehensive product offering, an innovative partner for advanced manufacturing, primarily for the aerospace and medical industries. Arcam offers EBM systems through Arcam AB in Sweden, powder metals through AP&C in Canada and implant contract manufacturing through DiSanto in the U.S.The company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and the Head Office is located in Mölndal, Sweden.

About Canada Makes
Canada Makes, a Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) initiative, is Canada’s leading network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of additive manufacturing. Canada Makes is the voice for Canada’s AM sector and is the leading industry collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology adoption.

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New Weekend Master of Engineering Management Program at UWindsor to benefit Professionals in Manufacturing

The University of Windsor has launched a weekend Master of Engineering Management program that can help manufacturing professionals advance their careers.Windsor

As Ontario’s only weekend engineering management degree, the two-year program — offered by the Faculty of Engineering in partnership with the Odette School of Business — prepares graduates for leadership roles in multinational engineering and technical enterprises.

The UWindsor MEM program offers foundations in manufacturing, operations, project and supply chain management in addition to entrepreneurship and innovation. The weekend program was designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals.

“The majority of people who make it to the top of a company are the ones who have the elements of business and engineering combined,” said Majid Ahmadi, associate dean of engineering research and graduate studies. “That’s why we feel this program is going to be an enabling program that prepares engineers to run, lead or setup a business.”

UWindsor welcomed the inaugural class last September. Applications for fall 2017 intake will be accepted until May 1, 2017.

“We received more than 100 applications, so we can tell this is a much-needed program,” said MEM program coordinator Prof. Ali AbdulHussein.

Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech, a professional engineer who has co-founded three technology-based businesses, will guide UWindsor MEM students through the innovation process and help them link industry, academia and policymakers. She believes the program will help students navigate the insecure work environment of today’s world.

For more information about the MEM program, please visit uwindsor.ca/mem.

Burloak announces two new Renishaw AM400s and Invar 36 as a standard material

Canada’s metal additive manufacturing sector received two major announcements from Burloak Technologies.

Burloak is currently installing two new Renishaw AM400 additive metal systems at its Dundas, Ontario location.  And, is now able to offer additively manufactured components in Invar 36 as a standard material to all its customers.

The installation of the Renishaw AM400’s continues to show Burloak’s leadership in the AM market.  Burloak Burloak-logo-1Technologies President Peter Adams said “2017 will see the installation of several more systems from Renishaw and others as the company continues its push to full serial production.”

The company states the machines will be used for production components with one system dedicated to the production of Titanium and the second to IN718.  The existing AM250 is now being moved to IN625 production.

During the next 2 months Burloak will be installing multiple systems dedicated to producing Invar 36 parts.  Adams added “the Burloak team has worked hard in developing this material and this move is inline with the company’s plan to have its production machines dedicated to single materials.”

Invar 36 is a unique low expansion material, which has many applications in the electronics, aerospace, defence and optical instrument sectors where its low coefficient of expansion provides additional stability.

Click here to learn more about Burloak Technologies.

 

 

SONAMI receives $7.3 million to promote advanced manufacturing and 3D printing

The Canadian manufacturing industry is about to get a boost thanks to a $7.3 million advanced manufacturing initiative. The project, called the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation (SONAMI for short) is the result of a partnership between Niagara College, Mohawk College, Sheridan College, and McMaster University.

Vance Badawey, Mike Granston, Paul Clipsham, Marc Nantel, Dan Patterson

The $7.3 million in funding for the new project was announced before Christmas at Niagara College, and is sourced from FedDev Ontario’s Investing in Commercialization Partnerships Initiative. Vance Badawey, who announced the funding for the SONAMI initiative, says the advanced manufacturing project will create roughly 186 “high-quality jobs” while helping to turn out over 150 proof-of-concept prototypes as well as 85 new products for commercialization.

On a larger scale, SONAMI is an effort to help boost Canada’s manufacturing sector and help adapt it to more technological and automated manufacturing trends. As Badawey states, “We’re witnessing a new industrial age.” To keep up with this new age, innovative changes and advancements will inevitably need to take place. In the Southern Ontario region at least, SONAMI could be a solution.

SONAMI is being established to help foster collaborations between academic research and manufacturing industries. Notably, each of the academic institutions involved in SONAMI has a particular focus on an emerging manufacturing field. For instance, Niagara College has excelled in research surrounding 3D technologies and plastic additive manufacturing; Mohawk College, which has the only AM lab in Ontario, specializes in metal part additive manufacturing; Sheridan College has a focus robotics and flexible manufacturing; and McMaster University has expertise in tooling and advanced materials.

Niagara College Advanced Manufacturing Lab

In terms of its links with industry, SONAMI will reportedly encourage partnerships between the educational institutions and industries in three ways. First, SONAMI will help turn the colleges and universities into viable research options for manufacturing companies. Second, it will help to prepare students for the work force once they finish school, specifically for high-quality jobs in the manufacturing sector. Lastly, the initiative will help to advance Canada’s manufacturing industry as a whole and make it a stronger global competitor.

Following Badawey’s announcement about SONAMI, Mike Granton, a student of mechanical engineering technology, spoke about how promoting advanced manufacturing has affected him. The facilities at his college, which include state-of-the-art tools and software, have allowed Granton to manufacture prototypes for real-world clients, including a commercial cleaning industry device, a storage system for the hospitality industry, an electronics enclosure device for the deep mining sector, and some innovative tools for the medical sector.

“It’s these tools paired with the knowledge gained in the classroom that allowed me to effectively turn ideas into physical products read to be tested in real world conditions,” said Granton about his access to 3D printing technology, reverse engineering tools, and more.

Time will tell what effect the SONAMI initiative has on the Canadian advanced manufacturing industry, though it does seem very promising.

SOURCE – 3D Printing Technology

The 2016 International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA) is open

The 2016 International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA) is now accepting applications.  Entries will be accepted through December 7, 2015. Those interested in applying should visit www.additive-award.com for information.

The IAMA recognizes innovations in additive manufacturing for industrial applications. This includes developments in the design of systems or major components, advances in processes or materials, new applications, data generation or measurement.

System producers, users, component suppliers, data modelers, and international academia, are invited to apply. The 2016 award will be presented at METAV 2016 – 19th International Exhibition for Metalworking Technologies – held in Düsseldorf, Germany, from February 23-27, 2016.

Canada Makes launches new advanced manufacturing database

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters’ (CME) Canada Makes is happy to announce the launch of its Advanced Manufacturing Assets Database – a free, online tool that allows users to search a listing of public and private sector entities involved in the development, adoption, and diffusion of advanced manufacturing technologies in Canada.Advanced Manufacturing Database

The types of organizations included in the database range in type from research and development (R&D) facilities, to private companies, to centres of excellence and academic institutions.

“Canada Makes is glad to announce the launch of the Advanced Manufacturing Assets Database,” said Martin Lavoie, CME’s director of policy for manufacturing competitiveness and innovation. “It will serve as a resource for Canadian additive manufacturers and developers to connect with other one another and form valuable for continued growth and competitiveness.”

The database is searchable by institution type, sector of expertise, and technology capability. Currently, the directory has over 250 separate listings, and will continue to expand and evolve with the needs of industry in Canada.

The Canada Makes Advanced Manufacturing Assets Database can be found at find.canadamakes.ca, and was made possible by assistance from Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).

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.

To submit your institution to the database please click here

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