Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Program Helps Canadian SMEs Explore the Potential of AM Technology


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The Additive Manufacturing (AM) Demonstration Program has successfully completed its third year. The program aims to promote the adoption of AM technology, enhance Canada's manufacturing and exporting sectors, and reinforce the country's AM supply chain to improve competitiveness. This program enables companies to explore the advantages and business opportunities associated with AM, such as cost savings, reduced product development cycle times, improved designs, and increased efficiency.

NGen, with the support of Canada Makes, facilitated projects across various sectors, including aerospace, automotive, medical, and oil & gas. In the 2022-23 period, a record-breaking total of 57 projects were completed, exceeding the program goal and surpassing the previous year's achievement. The program has proven instrumental in helping companies understand the capabilities of AM and building a world-class AM supply chain in Canada. By connecting companies with suitable technology providers based on their needs, location, and capacity, NGen has played a pivotal role in uncovering AM solutions and facilitating new collaborations nationwide.

 Overall, the NRC-IRAP supported Additive Manufacturing Demonstration program has been highly successful. The program demonstrates the significant potential of even small-scale projects to drive advanced manufacturing in Canada. It is exciting to see this program grow over the past year, and as we look to the future we are eager to introduce more Canadian companies to the benefits of additive manufacturing.  

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