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Canada Makes announces 1000 users from around the World for its Metal Additive Guide

Canada Makes is pleased to announce 1000 users from across the globe have registered for our interactive Metal Additive Design Guide. The Guide was designed as a free educational resource for those interested in metal additive manufacturing (AM). Since its April 2017 release users from more than 30 countries have signed up to use it (see graphic below).

“My goal is to have registrant from all continents, so I am hopeful that Antarctica warms up to us one day,” said Frank Defalco Manager Canada Makes. “In all seriousness, we are very pleased to see such an internationally diverse audience for the Metal Additive Design Guide. We hope it continues to be well received and that it continues making it easier for Canadians and the World to adopt metal AM.”

The Metal Additive Design and Process Guides are easy to use, interactive and introduce concepts needed when designing for additive manufacturing (DfAD). The Guide was developed through Canada Makes Metal AM Demonstration Program. Supported by NRC-IRAP, the program offers funding to SMEs to de-risk initial trials of metal AM parts or coupons. It quickly became apparent during the delivery of the program that certain recurring questions and concerns arose from the participants, so developing a tool to address the concerns was created.

Professor Mike Ashby, Cambridge University Engineering Department and Granta Design, Cambridge, UK said this about the guide. “Very impressive!  I really like it (just spent an hour exploring it).  It is a major educational resource in this difficult and fast moving field.  The Design Guide is really good for teaching – compact, engaging, and with excellent images, graphics and text. My sincere congratulations.”

“Since numerous examples are included in the guide I think your guide is very helpful for educational scopes. I really appreciate the efforts to make the guide intuitive,” said Dr. Eng. Manuela Galati of Politecnico di Torino in Italy. “I think it is very easy to use, clear and understandable, especially for the users (as my students) that approach for the first time to the AM processes.”

“Originally, the primary function of the Design Guide was to help Canadian SMEs and it still is, although the global reach of the Guide is a certainly welcomed surprise and we look forward to the next thousand,” added Defalco.


Canada Makes would like to thank all those that made the Metal Additive Process Guide possible.

Altair Canada Mazak
Autodesk Microfabrica
Prof. Mike Ashby, Cambridge University MIT Aero/Astro
Burloak Technologies Moog Inc
Boothroyd Dewhurst Reaction Engines
Cranfield University Renishaw
Dassault Systemes Robarts Research Institute
ExOne Senvol
FusiA solidThinking
GE Aviation U.S. Navy ManTech Navy
Gradientspace Metalworking Canter/Cocurrent
HiETA Technologies Corporation
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

The Metal Additive Design Guide was funded through the National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program in accordance with the Metal Additive Demonstration Program.

Be sure to join CME Canada Makes at the University of Waterloo as we Present: Additive Manufacturing Supply Chain & Logistics Forum on November 22, 2017. This one-day forum is to feature industrial leaders in supply chain and logistics in the additive manufacturing/3D Printing sector.

The Metal Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Program is delivered by Canada Makes through funding by NRC-IRAP. The program is designed to help Canadian industries increase awareness and assist in understanding the advantages of the metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology. Canada Makes works with a group of AM experts who provide participating companies guidance of the advantages and business opportunities in terms of cost savings and efficiencies of AM.

About 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 additive manufacturing in Canada. For more information on Canada Makes, please visit www.canadamakes.ca

Media contact:
Frank Defalco at frank.defalco@cme-mec.ca