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Next week, Canada Makes leads its second trade mission to Formnext and third to Germany. Twelve companies and academic institutions, which includes some of Canada’s leading additive manufacturing experts, will join the mission. Leading off the week is a key addition to this year’s agenda, an invitation to TraCLight’s (the Transatlantic Cluster for Lightweighting) Annual Cluster meeting in Stuttgart, followed by on-sight industrial visits to Trumpf and Advanced Clean Production (ACP).
The Canada Makes trade mission is a great way to connect with international additive manufacturing leaders as well as building strong relationships with fellow delegates. The weeks itinerary includes meetings arranged by Canada Makes with world-leading companies in AM. Trade missions are about opening doors, gaining new insight and building business-to-business contacts offering an excellent opportunity to learn about this emerging technology.
On Thursday November 15th at 1:15 pm on stage 2 on the Formnext Conference be sure not to miss one of Canada’s leading AM experts, McGill Professor Mathieu Brochu. His presentation “Pulse Laser Powder Bed Fusion; Opening New Opportunities to Control Metallurgy and Manufactured Advanced Parts”, is sure to be interesting, insightful and, knowing Mathieu, entertaining.
A special highlight of this year’s show is the Formnext Start-Up Challenge, awarded to companies founded within the last five years who offered new and innovating ideas to the AM industry.
We are very pleased to learn that Canada Makes’ partner Nanogrande is among this year’s winners for its molecular-scale additive manufacturing system—the first of its kind.
Named the MPL-1, it is capable of assembling highly packed multilayers of particles (as thin as one nm) using various materials, including oxides, metals, waxes and polymers. The extremely high resolution process patented by Nanogrande is capable of producing structures in the submicron range up to a maximum volume of 10 x 10 x 2.5 cm. Notably, the process works with unconventional particles, such as fibers or flakes, and is able to combine different materials in a single print. Be sure to visit their booth 3.1-B30U and meet Juan Schneider, President of Nanogrande. To view a complete list of this year’s winners click here.
Joining the this year’s mission are the following; Precision ADM, Kilmarnock Enterprise, AON3D, Renishaw Canada, McGill University, The University of Waterloo, Québec Metallurgy Centre (CMQ), Exergy Solutions, Promation, Axis Prototypes, Anubis 3D and CAD MicroSolutions.
We thank the following companies for hosting our delegation; BigRep, BASF 3D Printing Solutions, DMG MORI, 3D Systems, ADD UP, Renishaw, Fraunhofer, GE Additive, SLM Solutions and Tekna.
Formnext is the leading AM trade-show and the next generation of intelligent manufacturing solutions. It focuses on the efficient realization of parts and products, from their design to serial production. See cutting-edge technologies your company can leverage to gain a competitive edge and the latest expertise that can help in reducing your time-to-market. For more about Formnext click here.
During last week’s Formnext show in Frankfurt, Canada Makes, Canada’s additive manufacturing network, and TraCLight, the Transatlantic Cluster for Lightweighting announced a new transatlantic partnership of cooperation. Both institutions share a common goal of supporting our industrial partners and through this understanding we will endeavour to help each accomplish this.
“We are very pleased by this new friendship we have forged with Germany’s TraCLight,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “Working together proved to be a benefit to booth our members. Therefore building new international lines of communication will most certainly offer up more possibilities for future initiatives in both Canada and Germany.”
“Global challenges need global collaboration,” states Wolfgang Schwarz. “We are looking forward to a mutually beneficial partnership and the development of joint visionary, transatlantic lightweighting projects.”
Recently, TraCLight hosted a workshop at the University of Waterloo, “Additive Manufacturing: Ready for the Future? Innovative Solutions for Lightweight Design and Digital Manufacturing.” Canada Makes attended and promoted the workshop through its network. The day proved to be a valuable learning experience for the full house in attendance. Further TraCLight workshops in 2018 will be announced soon. Moreover TraCLight invites CanadaMakes members to join the “Technology Day Hybrid Lightweighting” in Germany in June 2018 which is organized by the Development Agency for Lightweighting Baden-Wuertemberg, the initiator of TraCLight.
With the recent introduction of the Canada-European Union (EU) Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) International grassroots partnerships make good economic sense as they open channels of communication and bridge opportunity. Canada Makes and TraCLight know how imperative global trade is to prosperity; this is why we build international relationships.
Canada Makes just completed its third successful trade mission to Europe with its visit to Formnext.
About TraCLight – The transatlantic cluster for lightweighting
Since January 2017, the Transatlantic Cluster for Lightweighting has been supporting the international expansion and networking of German and North American companies and research centers. The goal is to bring together technical know-how for the development of truly unique and innovative lightweighting products through collaborative R&D projects between Germany, the USA and Canada. More information on www.traclight-cluster.com and www.leichtbau-bw.de/en/news/technology-day-hybrid-lightweighting.html.
About Canada Makes
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 advanced and additive manufacturing (AM) in Canada. It is an enabler and accelerator of AM-adoption in Canada.
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.
|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
Be 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
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.
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.