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Wohlers Associates deliver first ever DfAM session in Canada

Wohlers Associates, represented by Terry Wohlers and Olaf Diegel, delivered its first and successful session in Montreal, Quebec. The June 12-14 Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) course, sponsored by Canada Makes Partner CRIQ, was attended by bright and relatively young people experienced with CAD.

Participants came from a variety of sectors, including aerospace, industrial equipment and machinery, CAD and AM product sales and services, academia, government, and research. All with a common goal of of taking the next step in designing for AM. 

Terry Wohlers offered this about the session, “some of the participants said that they especially appreciated the hands-on topology optimization and lattice structure exercises. One participant stated that he attends many technical AM events and this one was, by far, one of the most valuable. Another said he appreciated that lead instructor Olaf Diegel spoke French, although most of the course was conducted in English.”

“Learning how to Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) is critical for maximizing the output from your Additive Equipment,” said participant Hargurdeep Singh Director of Additive Manufacturing CAD MicroSolutions Inc. “Terry Wohlers and Olaf Diegel presented an excellent demonstration of DfAM. I particularly enjoyed learning about the Generative Design and Part Consolidation exercises using hands-on learning techniques.”

The average score given by the participants was 4.9 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being best, so we were quite pleased with it.

Wohlers Associates will be holding another special three-day course on design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) in Frisco, Colorado August 8 to 10, 2018wohlersassociates.com/DfAM.html

Canada Makes congratulates AP&C on receiving ISO13485 certification

AP&CCanada Makes would like to congratulate its partner AP&C in receiving ISO13485 certification. Advanced Powders & Coatings (AP&C), a subsidiary of Arcam AB and a GE Additive Company, is the world’s largest producer of titanium powder for additive applications.  The ISO13485 is particularly designated for the orthopedic implant industry. In addition to the new ISO13485 certification, AP&C is already certified to ISO9001 and AS9100.

“The ISO13485 certification proves our firm’s commitment in producing quality powder to the industries we serve. With the certifications and our recently inaugurated new state of the art powder manufacturing plant we are well positioned to serve our customer’s needs”,
says Alain Dupont, President of AP&C.

“The demand for high-end titanium powder is driven by the accelerated growth and industry adaptation of Additive Manufacturing. Arcam, AP&C and GE Additive are committed to disrupt conventional manufacturing and help the industry evolve into Additive Manufacturing by offering high quality and cost-effective solutions. This ISO13485 certification is one more step into the future of Additive Manufacturing”, says Magnus René, CEO of Arcam.

AP&C just recently inaugurated its new cutting-edge facility in Saint-Eustache, Québec. The manufacturing plant will welcome 106 new employees by the end of the year, making it one of the largest employers in the region and marking a significant growth for AP&C, which has quadrupled in size over the last two years.

About AP&C (Advanced Powders & Coatings Inc.)
AP&C, a subsidiary to Arcam AB, a GE Additive company has over the past 10 years developed extensive experience working in the production of metallic powders used in additive manufacturing (3D printing). AP&C is specialized in the production of high purity titanium metal powders used in various metallurgical applications: additive manufacturing (3D printing), injection molding, isostatic pressing and coatings. The company mainly serves the aerospace and biomedical markets. There are nearly 175 employees working at AP&C’s facilities in Boisbriand and Saint-Eustache, Québec.

CRIQ signs alliance with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters to encourage 3D printing in Québec

Denis Hardy, President and Chief Executive Officer at CRIQ, and Martin Lavoie, Executive Director at Canadian ...

Denis Hardy, President and Chief Executive Officer at CRIQ, and Martin Lavoie, Executive Director at Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.

OTTAWA, May 5, 2016 – The Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) have concluded a partnership agreement that promises joint knowledge-sharing about additive manufacturing and assistance for Québec companies to finance research and development projects.

The partnership will also pave the way for collaborative projects, offer preferred rates for Réseau Québec-3D members to attend CME events and promote the activities of both organizations on their respective additive manufacturing platforms: www.reseauquebec3d.ca and www.canadamakes.ca.

Finally, CRIQ and CME representatives will sit on the Canada Makes Additive Manufacturing Advisory Board and the Réseau Québec-3D coordination committee. Their presence on these committees will allow CRIQ and CME to work together to acquire the resources to help Québec businesses quickly adopt 3D printing.

“This agreement demonstrates CRIQ’s determination to work with the best partners to offer a range of services that will speed up the adoption of additive manufacturing by businesses in the Québec manufacturing sector,” said CRIQ CEO Denis Hardy.

“Additive manufacturing is a critical part of the industrial revolution that is knocking at our doors right now. The partnership announced today will allow Québec manufacturing firms to take part in joint R&D projects with firms elsewhere in Canada and access a wide array of additive manufacturing training activities,” added Martin Lavoie, executive director of Canada Makes.

The agreement between CRIQ and CME was hailed by the president of Manufacturiers et Exportateurs du Québec (MEQ), Éric Tétrault, who commented that “this partnership reflects the MEQ’s leadership in making innovation the critical issue for the government and businesses of Québec.”

This is the second partnership agreement between CRIQ and its partners to support the deployment of Réseau Québec-3D. The first was signed last year with the Pôle de Recherche et d’Innovation en Matériaux Avancés au Québec (PRIMA), which will be even more involved in coordinating and carrying out Réseau Québec-3D activities.

About CRIQ

For over 45 years, the mission of Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) has been to make Québec industry more competitive and boost growth by supporting innovation, productivity and exports, as well as fostering partnerships to improve products and services. With over 200 employees and labs in Québec City and Montréal, CRIQ carries out close to 2,000 projects each year. www.criq.qc.ca

About CME

Founded in 1871, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is the country’s largest trade and industry association, and the voice for manufacturing and global business in Canada since 1871. The association represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide; and – through various initiatives, such as the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition – touches more than 100,000 companies coast to coast.

www.cme-mec.ca

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

canadamakes.ca