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CRIQ signs alliance with Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters to encourage 3D printing in Québec

Denis Hardy, President and Chief Executive Officer at CRIQ, and Martin Lavoie, Executive Director at Canadian ...

Denis Hardy, President and Chief Executive Officer at CRIQ, and Martin Lavoie, Executive Director at Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters.

OTTAWA, May 5, 2016 – The Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) and Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) have concluded a partnership agreement that promises joint knowledge-sharing about additive manufacturing and assistance for Québec companies to finance research and development projects.

The partnership will also pave the way for collaborative projects, offer preferred rates for Réseau Québec-3D members to attend CME events and promote the activities of both organizations on their respective additive manufacturing platforms: www.reseauquebec3d.ca and www.canadamakes.ca.

Finally, CRIQ and CME representatives will sit on the Canada Makes Additive Manufacturing Advisory Board and the Réseau Québec-3D coordination committee. Their presence on these committees will allow CRIQ and CME to work together to acquire the resources to help Québec businesses quickly adopt 3D printing.

“This agreement demonstrates CRIQ’s determination to work with the best partners to offer a range of services that will speed up the adoption of additive manufacturing by businesses in the Québec manufacturing sector,” said CRIQ CEO Denis Hardy.

“Additive manufacturing is a critical part of the industrial revolution that is knocking at our doors right now. The partnership announced today will allow Québec manufacturing firms to take part in joint R&D projects with firms elsewhere in Canada and access a wide array of additive manufacturing training activities,” added Martin Lavoie, executive director of Canada Makes.

The agreement between CRIQ and CME was hailed by the president of Manufacturiers et Exportateurs du Québec (MEQ), Éric Tétrault, who commented that “this partnership reflects the MEQ’s leadership in making innovation the critical issue for the government and businesses of Québec.”

This is the second partnership agreement between CRIQ and its partners to support the deployment of Réseau Québec-3D. The first was signed last year with the Pôle de Recherche et d’Innovation en Matériaux Avancés au Québec (PRIMA), which will be even more involved in coordinating and carrying out Réseau Québec-3D activities.

About CRIQ

For over 45 years, the mission of Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) has been to make Québec industry more competitive and boost growth by supporting innovation, productivity and exports, as well as fostering partnerships to improve products and services. With over 200 employees and labs in Québec City and Montréal, CRIQ carries out close to 2,000 projects each year. www.criq.qc.ca

About CME

Founded in 1871, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is the country’s largest trade and industry association, and the voice for manufacturing and global business in Canada since 1871. The association represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide; and – through various initiatives, such as the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition – touches more than 100,000 companies coast to coast.

www.cme-mec.ca

About Canada Makes
Canada Makes is a CME initiative. It is a network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of additive manufacturing in Canada.

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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

 

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
frank.defalco@cme-mec.ca

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

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.

 

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.

About CARIC

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

About NSERC

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 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.”

EOS

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.

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.