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Two major announcements highlight Canada Makes Forum

National 3D Challenge issued at Canada Makes Forum

How Additive Manufacturing is impacting the supply chain and industrial logistics of manufacturing was the main topic of Canada Makes: Additive Manufacturing Supply Chain & Logistics Forum yesterday at the University of Waterloo.

Two special announcements highlighted the Canada Makes Forum. First, was Health Canada’s Kinga Michno, Policy Analyst, Regualtory Operations and Regions Branch Health Canada, announcement that Health Canada is exploring medical uses of 3D printed technologies.

This was followed by the Forum’s Medical AM Panel – AM challenges for a new medical supply chain moderated by Mihaela Vlasea and included panelists Francois Gingras of CRIQ, Matt Parkes from the Additive Design in Surgical Solutions Centre (ADEISS), and Martin Petrak of Precision ADM. The panel’s discussion included; what are the most popular applications in the medical field and their impact?  The challenges in manufacturing for the medical industry using additive manufacturing? And, how do we encourage new technology adoption…


Bob Little, President Altair Canada, started the day with the presentation: AM supply chain case studies – Automotive & Ground TransportationSuppliers to the automotive and off-road transportation industries have developed some innovative methods to leverage additive-manufacturing in the design and fabrication of vehicle components and Bob presented some very interesting case studies.


The afternoon’s session started with the second special announcement. Burloak Technologies’ Peter Adams offered some uplifting news for Canada’s AM sector and announced Canada Makes’ national 3D Challenge and  introduced the Chair of the Challenge,Farzad Rayegani.

The Challenge description: 3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing (AM) is empowering newways to re-think design and fabrication through innovative materials, optimizedstructures and enhanced functionality. There is currently a drive to think about how oursociety is changing in the wake of population growth and sustainability concerns.

Canada Makes invites student designers to participate in the 3D Design Competition with a focus on creating innovative tools or products that reduce our environmental footprint using additive manufacturing in tandem with conventional manufacturing approaches.

This was followed by Burloak’s Brandon Bouwhuis presentation AM supply chain case study – To supply aerospace, it’s more than just the parts.

Next, was the Forum’s Materials Panel – AM changes the supply chain for advanced materials, this panel was moderated by McGill’s Mathieu Brochu with panelists, Martin Colon, Chief Scientist, Equispheres, David St-John, Director of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, Linamar Corporation and Vladimir Paserin, Scientific Director, Rio Tinto Metal Powders.

The session’s topics included, how metal AM is changing the way supply chains work and thrive in this new environment? Where does the Canadian metal powder supply industry fit in the global market place? And issues surrounding powder selection,as well as recent developments in metal powder production.

The afternoon ended with two very interesting presentations, Ian Klassen of Precision ADM Energy AM supply chain case study was followed by Anubis 3D’s Tharwat Fouad’s How I compete with China using AM. The presentation offered enlightening ways he uses additive manufacturing to compete with overseas rivals.

Canada Makes would once again like to thank the sponsors of this year’s Canada Makes Forum.