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CARIC and NSERC Launch New AM Research Project with the EU

CARIC and NSERC, together with the European Commission, launches three collaborative research projects on crucial research areas for the aerospace sector

MONTREAL, Feb. 2, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ – The Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) are pleased to announce the launch of three collaborative research projects with the European Commission. The approved research projects include the following:

  • Additive Manufacturing Optimization and Simulation Platform for repairing and re-manufacturing of aerospace components – AMOS;
  • Electromagnetic Platform for lightweight Integration/Installation of electrical systems in Composite Electrical Aircraft – EPICEA;
  • Super-IcePhobic Surfaces to Prevent Ice Formation on Aircraft – PHOBIC2ICE.

These research projects are the result of extensive dialogue between Canadian and European experts, requiring the close cooperation of 30 partners, half from Canada and half from Europe, and involving eight countries, including France, the United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Spain, and the Netherlands.

Denis Faubert, President and CEO of CARIC, applauds this collaboration with major international organizations and extols its benefits for the Canadian aerospace industry. “CARIC is proud to be part of a league of major global players in pursuit of excellence worldwide. The innovation of Canadian business has been recognized and, coupled with European expertise, will be propelled even further, contributing to our country’s technological footprint,” said Mr. Faubert.

“Canada’s world-class aerospace industry is important to the Canadian economy as both an investor in innovation and a creator of high-skilled jobs across the country,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “The Government of Canada welcomes today’s announcement and remains committed to supporting such collaborations as a way of inspiring new, innovative technologies that will help Canada continue its leadership in the aerospace industry.”

“NSERC is pleased to be involved in this important partnership with CARIC and the European Commission. These three projects will accelerate academia-industry collaboration between Canada and the European Union. Moving towards 2020, NSERC will continue to build multi-lateral, international science-based partnerships. Going global in research and innovation is an important aspect of NSERC’s strategic plan,” said Dr. B. Mario Pinto, NSERC President.


The Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC) is a non-profit organization established with the Government of Canada’s financial support. Its mission is to foster the collaboration of researchers in aerospace, universities, colleges and research centres, and support initiatives that promote impactful, responsive aerospace R&D. www.caric.aero


NSERC invests over $1 billion each year in natural sciences and engineering research in Canada. Our investment delivers discoveries, valuable world-firsts in knowledge claimed by a brain trust of over 11,300 professors, world-leading researchers in their fields. Our investments enable partnerships and collaborations that connect industry with discoveries and the people behind them. Researcher-industry partnerships established by NSERC help inform R&D, solve scale-up challenges and reduce the risks of developing high-potential technology.

Our investments provide scholarships and hands-on training experience for the next generation of science and engineering leaders in Canada, almost 30,000 post-secondary students and post-doctoral fellows.

SOURCE: Consortium for Aerospace Research and Innovation in Canada (CARIC)

Canada Makes’ trade mission to Germany

From January 24-30, 2016, Canada Makes lead a delegation on a fact-finding mission for Canadian stakeholders in the additive manufacturing (AM) sector to visit leading German companies working in Metal AM.

The group visited OEMs such as DMG MORI, Airbus Group Innovations (the Ludwig Bolkow Campus), EOS, SLM Solutions, as well as metal service providers Hoedtke GmbH & Co. KG and FIT AG Additive Manufacturing Group.


Canadian delegates standing with an M 290 EOS at EOS headquarters in Germany

Canada Makes delegates were able to acquire a wealth of knowledge about how to improve AM competitiveness in Canada, as well as discuss some the exceptional technologies being developed in Canada. One example is Equispheres, a Canadian start-up who manufactures and markets a unique product line of ultra-high-performance spherical metal powders engineered for AM, specifically Metal AM and Cold Spray AM. On several occasions Kevin Nicholds, CEO of Equispheres, was asked in a most curious manner, “How do you do that?”

Key to the success of the trade mission was the development of long lasting relationships. These help to tear down trade barriers between countries by ensuring knowledge and awareness is shared in both directions, and products and services are more easily made available to those in need on either side.

Canadian delegates are hosted at the Hoedtke facilities.

Hoedtke hoisted a Canadian flag to welcome Canadian delegates

Canada Makes advocates on behalf of additive manufacturing while also seeking new markets, opportunities, and partners who can improve the Canadian manufacturing sector.

The trip proved worthwhile for all participants. “This trip has been fantastic,” said Gerard Peets, Director General of Industry Canada Manufacturing and Life Sciences Branch.

Many delegates expressed interest in more missions leading Canada Makes to start planning its next mission with an eye on the UK as a good next stop as well as a return to Germany and even China.

“The goal is to keep Canada competitive,” said Frank Defalco, the Manager of Canada Makes who led the trade mission. “We are building partnerships on behalf of our members that will carry Canada through these tumultuous economic times and keep our manufacturers up-to-date on the latest technologies.”

We are very appreciative of the following companies for kindly hosting our Canadian delegation and for sharing their knowledge and time.

DGM MORI in Pfronten – This was the focus of the DMG MORI Open House event at DECKEL MAHO. with an exhibition area of 7,400 m², the machine tool manufacturer showcased 90 high-tech exhibits live in operation. The highlight was the new LaserTec 65 3D machine with additive and subtractive manufacturing capabilities.

Airbus: Ludwig Bolkow Campus in Munich – The Ludwig Boelkow Campus (LBC) was founded in March 2012. The only innovation campus of its kind lies just outside of Munich and combines cutting-edge research with first-class vocational training and continuing education. In addition, it specifically aims to draw high-tech aerospace and security companies to its site. The highlight here was a visit to APWorks, which is a wholly owned Airbus start-up designed to market technologies developed by Airbus in other (non-aerospace) markets. For example, it uses additive manufacturing expertise developed at AGI in the high-end automotive sector, including F1 racing.

EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems in Munich – EOS is a world leader in powder bed laser sintering machine manufacturing. They are currently members of Canada Makes and this proved to be a most valuable stop for knowledge and relationships.

FIT AG Additive Manufacturing Group North of Munich – FIT Technology Group has specialized in innovative solutions in the field of additive manufacturing. Ranging from Rapid Prototyping to serial production, software, and hardware development. They are able to provide all services under one roof, quickly and reliably. Fit is a leading-edge contract manufacturer for additive manufacturing with impressive growth of 40 per cent since 2013.

Hoedtke GmbH & Co. KG near Hamburg – A high-quality metal fabricator established in 1937, which has been an early adopter of a number of laser technologies. Canada Makes’ interest here was their recent installation of a DMG Mori LaserTec 3D 65.

SLM Solutions GmbH – SLM is an experienced company that transformed its history in mining and metallurgy into additive manufacturing. They are an OEM of powder bed technology and are experiencing rapid growth.

Representing Canada on this mission were Canada Makes / Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), CRIQ, Equispheres, Industry Canada, Manufacturing and Life Sciences Branch, Québec Metallurgy Centre (CMQ), Ptooling, Precision ADM, Whitfield Welding Inc. and Sheridan College’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies.

To learn more about Canada Makes or become a member, please visit our membership page.

Canada Makes would like to thank Hendrik Taulin, Trade Commissioner Investment from the Canadian Embassy in Germany, for being a great guide and helping put together this great initiative.

Trade Mission: Hoedtke and SLM Solutions

On the trade mission to Germany, Canada Makes connected with Hoedtke GmbH & Co. KG. and SLM Solutions.

For over 75 years, Hoedtke have been an innovative service provider in the field of diverse metalworking processes. The group displayed their technologies to Canadian delegates, who arrived to the pleasant surprise of a Canadian flag raised in front of the building (see below).


Canada Makes delegation visiting Hoedtke GmbH & Co. KG in Pinneberg
near Hamburg Germany. Hoedtke CEO Jeachim H. Hoedtke (second from left)

Canada Makes was hosted by the CEO Jeachim H. Hoedtke who demonstrated Hoedtke’s skills with metal manufacturing. The company is a global leader in additive manufacturing, specifically with processes that involve metals.

Next, delegates visited SLM Solutions, who are experiencing rapid growth and expanding their operations.

SLM Solutions during Canadian trade mission to Germany

SLM Solutions showroom in Lübeck near Hamburg Germany

About SLM Solutions

SLM Solutions, one of the pioneers in the sector of Rapid Manufacturing Systems, headquartered in Lübeck, Northern Germany, serves customers in the fields of Vacuum Casting and Metal Casting and has a multi-decade history and track record of innovation, taking into account its predecessor companies. During the last years, SLM Solutions focused on the selective laser melting technology.

About Hoedtke GmbH & Co. KG.

As engineering office and production plant, Hoedtke metal and laser technology has specialized in the handling and processing of metallic materials. For different industries, Hoedtke designs and develops parts, components and systems all the way to large- scale production. This includes also the qualification of manufacturing processes and the production of prototypes. Hoedtke has special expertise in various manufacturing techniques, in particular the laser technology, vacuum technology, and surface finishing.

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.

Canada Makes hosted by EOS in Germany

Canada Makes’ trade mission to Germany included a highly anticipated visit to EOS GmbH Electrox Optical Systems headquarters located in Munich. With 25 years of experience EOS is one of the most appreciated companies in the Additive Manufacturing and industrial 3D printing world and is a member of Canada Makes.

“EOS’s facilities are superb and very impressive,” said Frank Defalco, Manager of Canada Makes who lead the trade mission to Germany. ” Their expertise is what make EOS such a valued member to Canada Makes and we are very pleased to have had the chance to meet with them on this mission.”


Canadian delegates standing in front of an EOS M 290 at EOS headquarters in Germany

EOS offers e-Manufacturing solutions as well as easy and cost-effective entry solutions for companies looking to enter into the world of AM.

Canada Makes was also able to visit to FIT Additive Manufacturing Group, a group specialized in innovative solutions in the field of additive manufacturing ranging from Rapid Prototyping to serial production, software, and hardware development since 1995.

About EOS

EOS is a world leading technology and quality leader for high-end solutions in the area of additive manufacturing (AM). The company, which was founded in 1989, is a pioneer and global leader in the area of direct metal laser sintering, and also a provider of a leading polymer technology. For these industrial 3D printing processes, EOS offers a modular solutions portfolio that consists of systems, software, materials, as well as technical and AM consulting services. EOS is the partner of choice for industrial AM-based production, and provides long-term solutions for industry. Customers using these solutions are able to take advantage of a technology that is heralding a paradigm shift: light-weight structures, cost reductions based on functional integration, product customization and accelerated product development and production.

About FIT Additive Manufacturing Group

FIT Technology Group specializes in innovative solutions in the field of additive manufacturing. Ranging from Rapid Prototyping to serial production, software, and hardware development: they are able to provide all services under one roof quickly and reliably.

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, Industry 4.0, and more.

Visit to Airbus Group Innovations

During the trade mission to Germany, Canada Makes visited the Ludwig Bölkow Campus (LBC), a research and technology hub for innovation in aerospace and security manufacturing, and APWorks, an additive manufacturing SME focused in the aerospace industry.

The LBC is a consortium including Siemens, Airbus Group, Technische Universität München, and more. By innovating green technologies, public security, autonomous systems, and more, the site is standing firmly before its reputation as an accomplished group.

The Canadian group toured the campus’ facilities and technologies, noteworthy for both pragmatism and capability.

Airbus Group Innovations - Ludwig Boelkow Campus

Canada Makes delegation visits Airbus Group Innovations at the Ludwig Boelkow Campus in Munich Germany

“That the facilities are impressive is nothing short of accurate,” said Frank DeFalco, the Manager of Canada Makes who is leading the tour. “We are fortunate to have such great hosts to show us this truly innovative space.”

Canada Makes’ mission is focused on visiting manufacturers and innovators on behalf of their Canadian counterparts to build relationships that keep the Canadian economy competitive and vibrant.

Canada Makes is proud to have been kindly hosted by Alexander Mager of Airbus Group Innovations during the Canadian trade mission to Germany.

DMG Mori: Technology for the future

On January 26, 2016, the capabilities of new German technology were demonstrated to Canada Makes and Canadian delegates by DMG Mori, a leading international manufacturer of lathes, machining centres, multi-axis turning centers, and grinders who have adopted additive manufacturing technology.

The potential for additive manufacturing is being pressed from all sides by the new technology. One example is the DMG Mori Lastertech 65 3D, a 5-axis milling machine with the ability to work ten times the speed of current powder bed technologies.

“What these machines are capable of is truly astonishing,” says Frank DeFalco, Manager for Canada Makes who is leading the trade mission. “Partnerships between Canadian and German industry leaders ensures that information about these processes is flowing in both directions.”


Canada Makes delegation fronting DGM MORI’s Lasertec 65 3D

The highlights of the machine’s technical capabilities are worth note. From the DMG Mori website:

  • MILL + LASER: Full 5-axis milling machine from DECKEL MAHO in stable monoBLOCK®-design; flexible integration of a laser head by HSK-interface
  • Complete machining in milling quality with fully automated change between milling and laser operation
  • Laser deposition welding with powder nozzle: 10-times faster vs. powder-bed-process
  • Large working room for workpieces up to ø 600 mm, 400 mm height and max. 600 kg

Canada Makes’ trade mission is focused on bringing leading ideas and technologies to Canadian additive manufacturers to ensure that our Canadian economy stays connected and competitive.


Proto3000: Preferred SMART Vendor member of Canada Makes

Canada Makes is pleased to welcome Proto3000 as its newest Preferred SMART Vendor and member. Proto3000 offers leading additive manufacturing and 3D Scanning capabilities to businesses through their distribution of cutting edge services and equipment that increase the productivity and efficiency of their clients.

“It’s a pleasure working with Canada Makes, the relationship gives us another arm to help Canadian Manufacturers benefit from a range of our product solutions such as Stratasys 3D Printers and Creaform 3D Laser Scanners.” said Eyal Geiger, Director of Engineering at Proto3000.

“Canada Makes is proud to add leaders like Proto3000 to its network. We know very well that these types of relationships help grow our economy and keep Canadian manufacturers competitive,” said Martin Lavoie, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters’ (CME) Director of Innovation.

Proto3000 is one of the largest providers of additive manufacturing and metrology solutions in Canada. They are instrumental in implementing these solutions in businesses to create a culture of innovation and advanced manufacturing. Proto3000 has worked with companies of all sizes, from startups in their conceptual stage to the Fortune 500. With the ability to 3D print in over 1000 different materials and material combinations and one of the largest 3D printing capacities available in Canada, Proto3000 can assist your business in streamlining product development and making manufacturing more efficient.

About Proto3000

Proto3000 connects product development companies, manufacturers and individuals to the tools they need in order to achieve greater capability, scalability, and efficiency. They are a company rooted in providing solutions to help their customers streamline their processes. Through the development of their product and services they are committed to forwarding and supporting manufacturing in Canada. Visit www.proto3000.com

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, and more.

Canada Makes leads trade mission to Germany

Canadian Manufacturing & Exporters’ (CME) Canada Makes is taking part in its first trade mission. A delegation from Canada’s additive manufacturing sector will visit Germany next week, January 24-30. The mission will visit leaders in the German metal additive manufacturers sector in and around Munich and Hamburg, with a particularly focus on OEM’s.

“Canada Makes is looking for avenues to build strong stable relationships on behalf of the Canadian Manufacturing sector,” said Frank Defalco, the Manager of Canada Makes who will lead the Canada Makes mission in Germany. “Sharing knowledge and skills across borders is vital to succeeding in the global economy and this mission reinforces Canada’s interest in adopting metal additive manufacturing to keep us competitive.”

Delegates will be taking part in a full day tour of the DMG MORI plant at DECKEL MAHO to see the latest innovations and groundbreaking technologies on offer, also on the agenda is a visit to Airbus Defence & Space at the Ludwig Boelkow Campus (LBC).

Another stop on the trade mission is a tour with Electro Optical Systems (EOS) offering insight about their approach to innovation through lightweight construction, shortened R&D times, and reduced manufacturing costs–all important benefits in the adoption of additive manufacturing.

Included are stops at FIT AG Additive Manufacturing Group which specialize in innovative solutions in the field of additive manufacturing, and Hoedtke GmbH & Co. KG metal and laser technology who specialize in the handling and processing of metallic materials. The final stop will be SLM Solutions who focus on the development, production and distribution of  innovative selective laser melting systems.

Trade missions like this are about opening doors, providing on-the-ground support, business-to business contacts, information and tools for Canadian businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). With Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service offering its experience and expertise in planning the mission it is sure to be a successful and enjoyable experience and the first of more to come.