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A survey of the Canadian aerospace industry reveals a difference in perception among AM stakeholders
The following research project aims to facilitate the integration of metal additive manufacturing (AM) into the Canadian aerospace supply chain. Due to its versatility, AM could provide an interesting niche for Canadian manufacturing SMEs by allowing them to manufacture a large spectrum of metal products without an in-house foundry, forge or press. Canada is ranked among the global elite in the aerospace industry, and the development of AM expertise is essential to ensuring local suppliers remain competitive and keep pace with modern manufacturing.
HEC Montréal gathered the opinions of over 70 organizations from every level of the additive manufacturing (AM) value chain in order to measure the differences in stakeholders’ perceptions of AM-related opportunities, challenges, cost drivers and advancement initiatives.
To view the results of this survey click here.
Canada Makes would like to thank Gabriel Doré of HEC Montréal for the work on this important document. This M.Sc. thesis was supported by HEC Montréal, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec.
About HEC Montréal
HEC Montréal is a French-language business school located in Montréal, Canada. Since its founding in 1907, the School has trained more than 78,000 students in all fields of management. HEC is the business school of the University of Montreal.
Canadore College, located in the beautiful city of North Bay, has joined Canada Makes as an academic member.
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 email@example.com
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.
“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.