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Promation joins Canada Makes

Canada Makes is pleased to announce Promation as its newest partner to join our National Additive Manufacturing network. The Oakville, Ontario based Promation is now offering 3D printing solutions to go with its Engineering, Equipment and Tooling Solutions for the Automotive, Nuclear and Aerospace & Defense Industries.

Mark Zimny, Promation’s Founder and CEO said, “Promation is pleased to join Canada Makes.  The benefits that Advanced Manufacturing and Additive Manufacturing expertise can bring to Canadian industry and academia through Canada Makes will have a significant impact on our future.  We expect this to be a key part of our Accelerated Growth Strategy to double to size of Promation within the next 5 years.”

“Canada’s manufacturing sector is fortunate to have a company like Promation join Canada’s Additive Manufacturing supply chain. Promation’s proven capabilities and proficiency in project management, advanced automation technology, engineering and a developed manufacturing facility will be a great benefit to its partnering companies,” stated Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes.

Promation has partnered with University of Waterloo’s Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Lab to develop the next generation of metal additive manufacturing that will enable high-value applications at a higher quality and lower operating costs. They have also established a network of research centers, first-class AM partners and suppliers to deliver complete integrated solutions to their clients ranging from simple devices to integrated systems and production facilities custom-tailored to customer-specific requirements.

Promation’s work with the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Lab focuses on the next generation of additive manufacturing processes. To this end, the lab explores novel processes and techniques to deliver advanced materials, innovative products, modeling and simulation tools, monitoring devices, closed-loop control systems, quality assurance algorithms and holistic in-situ and ex-situ characterization techniques.

About Promation
Founded in 1995, Promation,a privately owned Canadian Corporation, is a leading automation, robotic and tooling system manufacturer in Oakville, Ontario. Promation delivers custom equipment and turnkey systems to their global customers in three divisions; Nuclear, Automotive, and Aerospace & Defence. They customize best-in-class solutions, which are supported by a team of experienced PLC designers, engineering, manufacturing and quality professionals with industry expertise. www.promation.com


Grand opening of Renishaw Canada’s AM Solution Centre

Renishaw Canada recently held the official opening of their Additive Manufacturing (AM) Solution Centre located in Kitchener, Ontario. The goal of the AM Solution Centre is to help manufacturers and design engineers understand how they can use AM technology in a traditional manufacturing facility. The event features the latest developments in the processes, applications, materials and specifications unique to AM.


Visitors watch a demonstration of NC Perfect Part software used to best fit align a printed part before 5-axis finish machining

“The event was fun and informative,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “Renishaw’s metrology expertise combined with their additive manufacturing technology was very impressive to see first hand, Canada is lucky to have this AM solution centre.”

Mark Kirby, Additive Manufacturing Business Manager at Renishaw Canada, said “I’m pleased for Canada that we are the first Renishaw Solutions Centre to open in North America, with a multi-million dollar investment in advanced manufacturing equipment. Equally I’m proud to be part of an experienced and skilled team inside the Centre enabling adoption and development of additive manufacturing in a de-risked, best practise environment.”


Renishaw’s Additive Manufacturing (AM) Solution Centres
Renishaw designs and manufactures advanced metal additive manufacturing systems in-house and is an experienced user of additive manufacturing in its own product development. The company works closely with industry to help lower the entry barriers to additive manufacturing via its international network of Solutions Centres. Here companies who are considering adopting AM as a production process can gain hands-on experience with the technology and understand how it may best fit into their own manufacturing chains. Renishaw has Solutions Centres operating in Canada, the United Kingdom, India and Shanghai with Chicago and further centres opening later this year.


Renishaw Revo equipped CMM measuring surface finish on an aerospace additively manufactured component

About Renishaw
Renishaw is one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare. The company supplies products and services used in applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery. It is also a world leader in the field of additive manufacturing (also referred to as 3D printing), where it is the only UK business that designs and makes industrial machines which ‘print’ parts from metal powder.

The Renishaw Group currently has more than 70 offices in 33 countrieswith over 4,000 employees, of which 2,600 people are employed within the UK. The majority of the company’s R&D and manufacturing is carried out in the UK and for the year ended June 2015 Renishaw achieved sales of £494.7 million of which 95% was due to exports. The company’s largest markets are the USA, China, Germany and Japan.


Canada Makes Additive Manufacturing Forum

Additive Resource CentreJoin Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters and Mohawk College for our Canada Makes: Additive Manufacturing Forum in Hamilton, April 30, 2015. This one-day Canada Makes Forum on additive manufacturing of metal parts, hosted in partnership with BDO and Machine Tool Systems Inc., will connect you with BDOindustry leaders in additive manufacturing from Canada and around the world. We are pleased to confirm the presence of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) as a guest speaker.

Machine Tool Systems Inc.Discover the latest applications in additive manufacturing of metal parts, and tour Mohawk College’s Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre.

Canada Makes: Additive Manufacturing Forum is your one-stop resource to learn how you can adopt 3D printing technology to grow your business.

Date:        Thursday, April 30, 2015

Time:        8 am – 4:30 pm EDT

Location:  Mohawk College, 135 Fennell Ave West, Room i109, Hamilton, ON L9C 1E9 The cost to attend is $100 plus HST. To register click here 


8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration and Networking Continental Breakfast
Tour of the AMRC facility (advanced registration required)
9:00 am – 9:20 am Welcome RemarksJayson Myers, President & CEO, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Ron McKerlie, President, Mohawk College
9:20 am – 9:40 am Keynote Speaker
The Hon. Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic
Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)
9:40 am – 10:00 am Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre (AMRC)
Robert Gerritson, Professor, Mohawk College
10:00 am – 10:30 am Networking Break
Tour of the AMRC facility (advanced registration required)
10:30 am – 11:30 am Additive Manufacturing Progress & Vision (Panel Discussion)
Moderator: Tony Thoma, Dean Engineering Technology, Media and Entertainment, Mohawk College
– Dr. Lijue Xue, Senior Research Officer & Group Leader at National Research Council Canada- John Manley, President, Machine Tool Systems Inc.- Mark Kirby, Business Manager, Renishaw Canada
11:30 am – 12:15 pm Keynote Speaker: John Manley, President, Machine Tool Systems Inc.
12:15 pm –12:45 pm Luncheon
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm Direct Energy Deposition Additive Manufacturing Process
Alexandre Bois-Brochu, Junior Engineer – Researcher, Centre de métallurgie du Québec
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Industry Best Practices
Presented by Elena Polyakova, Chief Operating Officer, Graphene 3D Labs Inc.
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Global Best Practices
Presented by Philippe Vannerot, CEO of 3A (Applications Additives Avancées), and
President of France`s Rapid Prototyping Association
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Networking Break
Tour of the AMRC facility (advanced registration required)
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Industry Best Practices
Presented by Peter Adams, Burloak Technologies
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Quebec 3D: Development of a 3D printing network in Quebec
Lyne Dubois, Vice-President Business Development, CRIQ
4:00 pm – 4:15 pm Closing Remarks
Martin Lavoie, Executive Director, Canada Makes, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
4:15 pm – 4:45 pm Tour of the AMRC facility (advanced registration required)

For more information contact Marie Morden, CME at marie.morden@cme-mec.ca or 613-355-8819.

View Funding the Future – Government Incentives for 3D Printing

New funding available for acquisition of 3D printing equipment

SMART ProgramThe Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev) announced their continued commitment to fund the SMART program in the amount of $20 million through to 2017. CME’s SMART Advanced Technologies for Global Growth program is designed to assist manufacturers who seek to prepare their operations through investment in technologies for advanced industrial processes such as additive manufacturing.

“This is a welcomed contribution and CME with its Canada Makes network are looking forward to delivering this program on behalf of FedDev,” said Martin Lavoie, CME Director of Policy. “The SMART program allows CME’s Canada Makes to assist in the adoption of additive manufacturing in both Ontario and Canada, the opportunities 3D printing offers Ontario businesses are endless.”

The CME SMART Program has provided direct funding to over 1,100 Ontario companies in financial need. Funds from the CME SMART Program facilitate improved productivity and represent an investment in their community’s future.

Project Description/Purpose/Objective

The purpose of this project is to provide funding to CME in order to deliver their new programming “SMART Advanced Technologies for Global Growth” (SATG). The SATG program will have the following attributes:
The initiative will provide funding to southern Ontario manufacturers to conduct Advanced Technology Assessments and Projects.

• Advanced Technology Assessments will be undertaken by qualified professionals who will examine current manufacturing performance of a company requesting an assessment and recommend how advanced technologies could be implemented to significantly improve the company’s efficiencies and capabilities. Advanced technology assessments will be eligible for funding up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum non-repayable contribution of $15,000.

• Advanced Technology Adaptation/Adoption Projects will focus on improving productivity through adapting or adopting advanced technologies. Eligible activities will include the adaption or adoption of new or upgraded advanced technologies, materials or processes. Advanced technology projects will be eligible for funding up to 35% of eligible costs to a maximum non-repayable contribution of $100,000.

Note that the combined maximum non-repayable contribution per SME under the SATG program is limited to $100,000.

The program will be open to southern Ontario manufacturers that meet the following criteria:
• Employ between 15 and 1,000 employees in southern Ontario;
• Have been in business continuously for two years and demonstrate financial stability;
• Operate a manufacturing facility or facilities located in southern Ontario;
• Demonstrate they are engaged in international markets (i.e. companies that export, are going export or are selling in a value chain leading to export); and
• Propose a project that focuses on adapting or adopting advanced technologies.

In addition to the criteria above, preference may be given to projects that are:
• Diversifying a regional economy; and
• From new applicants who have not received funding through any of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters SMART branded programming.