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Canadore College Joins Canada Makes

Canadore College, located in the beautiful city of North Bay, has joined Canada Makes as an academic member.

Canadore staff using a 3D printer.

Canadore staff using an EOS 3D printer

The college is equipped with a Stratasys Connex500, an EOS M290, and a Stratasys Mojo along with excellent equipment such as a waterjet cutter, CNC machining capabilities, and a laser etching/cutting unit.

Canadore College offers strong education to students that ensures the Canadian economy is developing skills to prepare the workforce of tomorrow.

“We are proud to be part of this growing community.  Our mandate at ICAMP (Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Production) is to promote and enable advanced technology within the Canadian manufacturing industry,” said Evan Butler-Jones, the Applied Research Lead at Canadore College. “Joining our colleagues in this community is important to our mission.”

“The colleges and universities of our country are key to the success of our labour force,” said Frank Defalco, Manager of Canada Makes. “Canadore is dedicated to offering top-level additive manufacturing training for Canadian industry to grow and compete globally; we wholeheartedly support this.”

About Canada Makes:

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


Revolution 3D Printers Joins Canada Makes

Revolution 3D PrintersCanada Makes is pleased to welcome its newest member, Revolution 3D Printers of Sidney, British Columbia, a Canadian company that specializes in each of the main pillars of additive manufacturing: software, materials, and hardware.

“Industry is lucky to have a complete and customizable additive manufacturing solution built here in Canada,” said Frank Defalco, Manager of Canada Makes. “Revolution 3D Printers is unique in Canada in offering its customers a complete additive manufacturing package.”

“Revolution 3D Printers is Proud to join Canada Makes to grow capabilities and strength in 3D printing,” said Warren Strome Founder & CEO Revolution 3D Printers. “We look forward to collaboration among leaders from business, academia, nonprofit organizations and government agencies, providing tools and technology to industry and becoming more globally competitive.”

Revolution 3D Infinity Printer

INFINITY 3D Dual Extruder Professional 3D Printer

Revolution 3D Printers designs, develops, and manufactures their INFINITY 3D printers right here in Canada.

About Revolution 3D:

Revolution 3D Printers is a Canadian manufacturing and R&D company that manufactures 3D printers with a focus on technologically innovative product development. They provide their customers with a complete 3D printing solution.

Their R&D division has expertise on the complete 3D printing experience including hardware, software, and materials. As a company, they provide the quality and reliability that’s expected of North American Manufacturers.


About Canada Makes:

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

Ptooling now part of Canada Makes

PtoolingCanada Makes is proud to announce that Ptooling is now a Leadership Level Member. This level of membership affords Ptooling a seat on Canada Makes’ Additive Manufacturing Advisory Board (AMAB) and we look forward to having Ptooling’s expertise to help guide Canada’s additive manufacturing sector in becoming world class.

“We felt that joining CME’s Canada Makes would increase our exposure,” said Marv Fiebig, President of Ptooling.  “With Canada Makes’ help, our new Laser Hybrid system has gained notoriety across several new markets.”

“The advancement in capabilities Ptooling’s investment brings to Canada is inspiring” said Martin Lavoie, Executive Director of Canada Makes. “We look forward to supporting Ptooling in their goal of entering new markets with new concepts never before available that their DMG MORI Lasertec 65 game changing technology offers.”

Learn more about the fascinating new DMG MORI Lasertec 65 3D.

DMG MORI Lastertec 65 3D

DMG MORI Lastertec 65 3D

Canada Makes is hosting an open house event showcasing Ptooling’s new DMG MORI Lasertec 65 3D, the first North American instillation of this new technology. Learn more about the event here.

About Ptooling:

Ptooling specializes in oil-field component manufacturing. Thread milling and oblique, or offset, features (those off the part’s main centerline axis) are routine for the shop, which has five Mori Seiki turning centers. PTooling’s machines feature live tooling, full Y-axis control and a capacity of 3.6 ” in diameter through the spindle as well as DMG MORI Lasertec 65 3D.

About Canada Makes:

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


Trade Mission: Canada Makes to visit the UK

Canada Makes is leading a trade mission to the UK this coming June 6th.  The delegation will visit institutions using metal additive manufacturing with a particular emphasis on aerospace.

Following Canada Makes’ successful trade mission to Germany this past January, it was decided more international trade missions for Canada’s additive manufacturing sector would be good business.

“The Canada Makes Trade Mission to Germany was a great way for our company to connect with international additive manufacturing leaders,” said Martin Petrak, the President and CEO of Precision ADM. “We also took the opportunity to meet with other Canadian companies interested in collaborating on national and international business opportunities.”

This mission includes a full four-day agenda, including visits to Renishaw, GKN Aerospace, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), The Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre AMRC both at the University of Sheffield and likely Jaguar.

In addition to your own travel and accommodation costs, Canada Makes/CME will charge an administration fee of $500.

A limited number of spaces are available on a first-come-first serve basis.

Contact Frank Defalco for more information and to apply for the trade mission:
(613) 238-8888 ext:2267

Read about our highly successful trade mission to Germany here.

About Canada Makes:

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

Nova Scotia Community College joins Canada Makes

OTTAWA –Nova Scotia Community College Canada Makes welcomes, as a new member, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), as a Centre of Excellence for additive manufacturing.

Equipped with a Renishaw AM 250 3D Metal printer, the school provides excellent additive manufacturing skills and experience to their students and industry partners in advancing the additive manufacturing industry.

“NSCC partnership with Canada Makes helps promote new advanced manufacturing capabilities from coast to coast,” said Frank Defalco, Manager of Canada Makes. “Canada Makes is proud to include NSCC’s experience and leadership to our additive manufacturing network.”

“Additive manufacturing is a fast emerging and evolving component of the advanced manufacturing arena,” said Abid Ahmad, Academic Chair, Mechanical & Industrial Technologies/Aviation Institute/Applied Research. “Joining Canada Makes will expand NSCC’s network and allow us to learn from each other as we continue to develop and share additive manufacturing skills and knowledge.”

About NSCC:
NSCC has 13 campuses in communities across the province which offer over 120 programs in five academic schools, reflecting labour market needs and opportunities in Nova Scotia. NSCC is committed to graduating students with leading-edge skills and knowledge who are immediately prepared to use their talents in their work and communities.

About Canada Makes:
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

Manufacturing Innovation Key to Federal Budget 2016

Canada’s manufacturing sector is the cornerstone of the Canadian economy as a major driver of employment, GDP, research, and exports. The sector received several important measures that were specifically called upon by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and our members to boost productivity, innovation, and investment.

“Today’s Budget made several important measures to support Canada’s innovative and economically critical manufacturing and exporting sector,” said Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Senior Vice President Mathew Wilson. “The most critical of which was the realigning of Canada’s innovation support network and further strengthening ties between post-secondary institutions and industry.”

Canada’s manufacturing sector accounts for:

  • 1.7 million direct employees
  • 11 per cent of all economic activity
  • 45 per cent of private sector research and development
  • 70 per cent of exports

“CME members had called on the federal government to support innovation in order to boost manufacturing activities across the country. The most important measure noted in the budget was the alignment of support across government departments with a specific focus on advanced manufacturing, including new product development, commercialization and production,” said Wilson. “While much work in this area remains, this is a positive first step towards defining an innovation agenda to drive economic growth in Canada.”

Wilson added, “we also were pleased to see the governments continued support for work integrated learning and enhanced support for employer driven training through and expanded Canada Jobs Grant. One of the largest obstacles to growth in manufacturing and exporting is finding and developing the right people with the right talents. This commitment and support is very welcome.”

CME also applauds specific measures including:

  • Long term infrastructure funding
  • Tax measures to support adoption of green technologies
  • Specific support for manufacturing sectors such as automotive and food processing
  • Commitment to implement Canada/Europe Free Trade Agreement
  • Additional tariff reductions for manufacturing inputs
  • Commitment to modernize and strengthen Canada’s trade remedy system

“Even with a low dollar, we can’t afford to take our eyes off the importance of investment in new products, new technologies, and new skills for manufacturing success and job growth across the country. The budget takes several important steps to help companies make these critical investments.”


Agile acquires iPro 9000XL SLA Production 3D Printer

Agile ManufacturingAgile Manufacturing, Inc. (Agile), a leading provider of 3D Printing & Rapid Manufacturing solutions, has announced the acquisition of an iPro 9000XL Stereolithography (SLA) Production 3D Printer.

iPro 9000XL

iPro 9000XL

This iPro 9000XL is one of only two in North America dedicated to running parts for the public. Additionally, this iPro 9000XL is the largest operating 3D Printer in Canada and an appropriate fit to Agile’s legion of production 3D Printers.

The iPro 9000XL is a giant in the 3D Printing world with a part build capacity of 59” x 30” x 22”. The iPro 9000XL quickly and economically builds ABS plastic-like parts with exceptional accuracy, surface smoothness, and feature resolution. This highly productive 3D Printer is well suited to produce extra-large parts without the need to build in sections and assemble.

“With the increasing demand for production parts as well as very large prototypes, the addition of the 9000XL to our fleet of production systems will help Agile offer the largest part 3D Printing solutions and shortest lead-times to our clients,” stated Richard Smeenk, Agile’s President.

Agile Manufacturing Inc. provides 3D Printed parts, 3D Printers and 3D Printer materials. Agile is the largest 3D Printing Service Bureau in Canada with 18 printers ranging from Stereolithography (SLA), to Laser Sintering (SLS), MultiJet Printing (MJP), ColourJet Printing (CJP), Direct Metal Printing (DMP) and Filament Deposition. With over 150,000 hours of annual 3D Printing capacity (or 4.2 billion cubic inches per year), Agile is well positioned to meet any 3D Printing needs.

Agile sells New and Used Professional & Production 3D Printers across all technologies and stocks all materials in-house for immediate delivery. Agile has been operating in the Greater Toronto Area for 12 years and serves customers across Canada and the USA with select customers on 6 continents. Agile Manufacturing’s team of 21 Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D Printing (3DP) experts is led by Richard Smeenk a 3D Printing veteran since 1996.


Canada Makes event to showcase Ptooling’s game-changing technology

PtoolingAs part of Canada Makes additive manufacturing forum series Ptooling is hosting an open house to introduce North America’s first DMG MORI Lasertec 65 3D

OTTAWA – Canada Makes is very excited to be partnering with Ptooling in hosting their Open House showcasing the launch DMG MORI’s Lasertec 65 3D on April 27 and 28th in Windsor-Essex County. This must-see event highlights the first North American instillation of this game-changing additive manufacturing technology.

LASERTEC 65 AdditiveManufacturing


DMG MORI’s all in one laser deposition welding and milling integrates for the first time additive manufacturing into a high-tech 5-axis milling machine. This innovative hybrid-solution combines the flexibility of the laser metal deposition process with the precision of the cutting process of a CNC milling machine.

“Canada Makes is excited to host this event,” said Frank Defalco, Manager of Canada Makes, “the leadership Ptooling has shown in adopting this new technology offers us the chance to view the future in action.”

This is the first machine of this magnitude to enter North America. It is the most advanced 5-axis milling machine in the world, providing a significant upgrade to Canadian industry capabilities. This new technology allows a faster production of complex geometries and individual 3D-parts not possible with conventional manufacturing processes.

Ptooling’s open house event will feature presentations from international guests speakers Dr. Gregory Hyatt, Senior Vice President, Chief Technical Officer, DMG MORI Advanced Solutions Inc. and Matthias Kuehnelt, from Hoedtke GmbH, both experts using the Lasertec 65 3D.

This free event is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in seeing a new way of manufacturing in action.

Date: April 27, 2016
Time: April 27th: 10:30 am – 5:30 pm EDT
April 28th: Tours of PTooling (registration required)
Location: PTooling
200 Saint Arnaud St,
Amherstburg, ON N9V 3X9

To register click here

Agenda for Wednesday, April 27th:

Wednesday April 27th:

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Reception and Networking Opportunity
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks

Marv Fiebig, President, PTooling
Martin Lavoie, Executive Director,Canada Makes, Canadian Manufacturers & Exports

Rakesh Naidu, CEO, WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Advanced Manufacturing in WindsorEssex
Lee McGrath, Director of Business Retention & Expansion, WindsorEssex Economic Development Coporation
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Networking Luncheon
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Innovating PTooling: The Adoption of Additive Manufacturing
Marv Fiebig, President, PTooling
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Transforming your Business: Lasertex 65 3D
Dr. Gregory Hyatt, Senior Vice President, Chief Technical Officer, DMG MORI Advanced Solutions Inc.
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lasertec 65 3D Best Practices
Matthias Kuehnelt, Hoedtke GmbH & Co. KG
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Panel Q&A
– Marv Fiebig, President, PTooling
– Dr. Gregory Hyatt, Senior Vice President, Chief Technical Officer, DMG MORI Advanced Solutions Inc.
– Matthais Kuehnelt, Hoedtke GmbH & Co. KG
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Reception and Open House Tour of PTooling Facility**Advanced registration required

Thursday April 28th:

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Open House Tours of PTooling’s Facility (30-minutes)

**Advanced registration required

Thank you to our partner:

Altair Joins Canada Makes


Canada Makes is pleased to announce Altair Canada as a new member. Altair’s software helps maximize the potential of additive manufacturing technologies to design and optimize high performance, weight efficient, innovative products. Through innovative, cost-effective, simulation-based solutions for complex problems, they have been key in transforming the aerospace and automotive industries.

“Altair brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Canadian manufacturing,” said Frank Defalco, Manager of Canada Makes. “Their contributions in the additive manufacturing sector helps to foster an ecosystem of growth and innovation that is essential for growth in Canada’s additive manufacturing sector.”

“The future of advanced manufacturing in Canada is extremely bright,” said Bob Little, President of Altair Canada, “and we are very much aware of the excellent work Canada Makes is doing to make certain Canadian companies remain global technology leaders.  Altair is happy to offer our time, technology, and financial support to that cause.”

Altair’s award-winning optimization technology generates efficient, organic-looking shapes that are ideal for advanced manufacturing methods. Coupling additive manufacturing and topology optimization greatly expands design freedom and creativity to get the best possible design. Design is critical to the success of a project that involves additive manufacturing. Altair’s software excellence has cemented their position as a leading contributor to the direction of the industry.

About Altair:

Altair’s corporate culture thrives on seeking out business and technology firsts to radically change the way organizations design products and make decisions.  Founded in 1985, Altair is headquartered in Troy Michigan with regional operations throughout 22 countries and a staff of more than 2,000 innovative employees. For more information about Altair visit their website.

About Canada Makes: 

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. The network covers a broad range of additive manufacturing technologies including 3D printing, reverse engineering 3D imaging, medical implants and replacement human tissue, metallic 3D printing, printable electronics, 3D printing with electronics embedded, the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, and more.



Video: Additive Manufacturing in British Columbia

From printing a human organ, to manufacturing wheels for longboards, the potential of additive manufacturing technology has yet to be fully realized in the larger public space.

This film was produced by Walter Garrison and directed by Alan Goldman for Emily Carr University on behalf of Additive Manufacturing in British Columbia shows what is possible and what is happening on the frontier of 3D Printing.

Students at Emily Carr are constantly pressing the limits of the technology and breaking them. Industry partners throughout British Columbia are coming together to ensure that each potential benefit is realized for each potential industry.