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Experts in Demand: Growth in Metal Additive Manufacturing Creates Need for Professionals

Last week at Rapid + TCT in Fort Worth, Texas SME released a report “Experts in Demand: Growth in Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) Creates Need for Professionals.” The report discusses the exponential growth in metal AM over the last decade and how medical, aerospace and automative are integrating the technology.  The report outlines how the sector’s growth has created the need for skilled professionals to run a successful operation.

Certain challenges are holding back growth for Metal AM such as the regulatory environment, capital and qualified workers.

Worldwide Metal AM system sold in 2017 saw an increase of almost 80%  over 2016, this has resulted in a step demand for skilled employees. Three main factors are driving the increases, technology development, materials development and standards development.

Martin Petrak, CEO Precision ADM

The report includes a case study by Canada Makes partner Precision ADM’s CEO Martin Petrak “Using mettle to find success with metal.”

To learn more or to download the report, visit http://www.sme.org/am3dmetalsjob/

About SMESME Canada
SME connects manufacturing professionals, academia and communities, sharing knowledge and resources to build inspired, educated and prosperous manufacturers and enterprises. With more than 85 years of experience and expertise in events, media, membership, training and development, and also through an education foundation, SME is committed to promoting manufacturing technology, developing a skilled workforce and attracting future generations to advance manufacturing. Learn more at sme.org

Ottawa Symphony Orchestra & Canada Makes launch a National 3D Printed Musical Instrument Challenge

Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and Canada Makes are pleased to announce a National 3D Printed Musical Instrument Challenge to improve or design an ergonomically optimized musical instrument that leverages the power of 3D Printing (metal or polymer) for its fabrication, while remaining cost-effective. The competition, open to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents, runs from 1 March, 2018 to 15 April, 2018 at midnight EDT.

There is an epidemic of performance injuries among professional musicians and music students. Prestigious music schools in Canada and internationally have responded to this issue through preventative education and bringing medical professionals to campus. The 3D Printed Musical Instrument Challenge offers an opportunity to address root causes of the issue insofar as it relates to instrument design.

“We want to do better for the next generation of musicians. 3D printing creates the opportunity to build structures that just weren’t possible before this technology. Our objective is to inspire designers, as individuals or teams, to engage in this multi-disciplinary challenge. We aim to help musicians excel in their craft, while pushing the boundaries of what is possible through improvements in design.” – Frank Defalco, Canada Makes

This design challenge encourages innovation in the design of musical instruments that integrate the latest science in ergonomics and the power of 3D printing for manufacturing.

“3D printing offers a whole new world of what could be possible in instrument creation. During the Industrial Revolution, major changes were made to instruments providing them with a greater range of expression and with more control over how loudly and softly they could play. This profoundly changed the way composers wrote music.

Today, with 3D printing, we want to see what kinds of instruments can be created with this new technology, and the new music it inspires today’s composers to create.” – Maestro Alain Trudel.

The winning entry will receive the KUN Prize, valued at over $35k, which includes a fabrication and fitting budget, performance of the instrument at the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 autumn 3D StringTheory concert, and a $5k cash prize. The KUN Prize is sponsored by Marina Kun, President of KUN Shoulder Rests Inc., and fabrication is sponsored by Precision ADM and Axis Prototype Inc. 

For more information and to be part of our project, visit: ottawasymphony.com/3dchallenge/

About the 3D StringTheory Project:

3D StringTheory asks:
What new instruments and sounds can we create using today’s newest technologies?

To explore the new creative possibilities that technology brings to music, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra has commissioned Ottawa violin maker Charline Dequincey and the Industrial Technology Centre in Winnipeg to create original 3D-printed string instruments. Montreal-born composer Harry Stafylakis will write an original piece of music inspired by these new sounds. The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra will present the final product of these collective efforts in a live performance of Stafylakis’ piece, featuring the new instruments in Autumn 2018.

The first 3D StringTheory prototype (photo credit: Daniel Crump)

The project will also feature public competitions involving instrument making and design challenges for youth, university students, and professionals. The 3D Printed Musical Instrument Challenge is the first competition to be announced.

The full process of creating the 3D-printed string instruments will be documented through a video series available for the public to follow and engage with online and through social media.

3D StringTheory explores how today’s new technologies, like 3D printing, can further expand musical boundaries.

About Marina Kun
While raising four daughters, Marina entered the world of violins and shoulder rests. In 1972 her late husband, Joseph Kun, an Ottawa-based violin and bow maker designed and patented a revolutionary shoulder rest. When Marina joined the business in 1974, she took a tiny company selling only dozens of shoulder rests and turned it into a global market leader creating a household name in the international strings world. Creating the ‘KUN’ brand almost from scratch, her company now holds dozens of global patents and has the widest product range in the industry with no less than 80% of the world.

The KUN name has become an icon in the music industry and is one of the only Canadian companies that is a major manufacturer in the music world. In 2005, Marina’s company received the Design Exchange and National Post Gold Medal for Industrial Design for the Voce rest.

Marina was designated one of Canada’s top 100 Women Entrepreneurs in 2006 by PROFIT, and Kun Shoulder Rest Inc. received the Business of the Year Award by the Canadian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (2004).
Full text: https://womensbusinessnetwork.ca/download.php?id=134

About Axis Prototype
As one of Canada’s premier 3D printing companies, Axis Prototype offer a wide range of rapid prototyping services that turn digital models into 3D prototypes via additive manufacturing technologies such as FDM, SLS, SLA and DMLS. Prototyping services.

About Precision ADM
Precision ADM Inc. is a global engineering and manufacturing solutions provider that uses Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D Printing, as a core technology, complimented by multi-axis machining to manufacture high value components and devices for the medical, aerospace, energy, and industrial sectors. Precision ADM has created a comprehensive Advanced Digital Manufacturing™ process which includes Design Support, Engineering, Manufacturing and Finishing. Precision ADM is ISO 13485:2016 certified and headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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 (AM) in Canada. It is an enabler and accelerator of AM-adoption 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 and more.

The National 3D Printed Musical Instrument Challenge is an addition to the series of Pan-Canadian 3D Printing Challenges hosted by Canada Makes. The adoption of digital manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing requires new approaches to skills and training focused on building experiential and collaborative learning. 

Media Contact:
Angela Schleihauf, Project Managermarketing@ottawasymphony.com

Available for interview:

  • Alain Trudel, Artistic Advisor and Principal Guest Conductor, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra
  • Frank Defalco, Manager, Canada Makes
  • Angela Schleihauf, Project Manager, 3D StringTheory, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra

National 3D Printed Musical Instrument Challenge

Canada Makes and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra are launching a new Canada-Wide 3D Printing Challenge to improve or design an ergonomically optimized musical instrument that leverages the power of 3D Printing (metal or polymer) for its fabrication and remains cost-effective. The competition, open to all Canadian residents, is sponsored by Marina Kun, President of KUN Shoulder Rests Inc and the fabrication is sponsored by Precision ADM and Axis Prototype Inc.

The winning entry will collect the KUN Prize (valued at $36,500) which includes:

  • Up to a $5,000 Fabrication Budget (sponsored by Precision ADM and Axis Prototype Inc);
  • Up to a $5,000 Fitting Budget;
  • Integration of a specific 5-minute segment for the instrument in the “3D String Theory” concert in the autumn of 2018 (valued at $20,000);
  • Up to $1,500 in travel and accommodation costs to attend the “3D StringTheory” concert in Ottawa;
  • One pair of tickets to attend the “3D StringTheory” concert in autumn of 2018;
  • Opportunity to present at the instrument’s first public performance; and
  • A $5,000 cash prize.

The Challenge Begins on March 1st, 2018, and concludes on April 15th at midnight, EST.

Competition Information:

  • Applicant must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Submissions must include:
    • The proposed design (including a 3D STL or STEP model);
    • The expected performance of the design (maximum 500 words);
    • The expected acoustical performance of the instrument (maximum 500 words);
    • The ergonomic improvements for the performer (maximum 500 words); and
    • The fabrication process and materials (maximum 500 words)
  • Submissions can be made by individuals or teams. However, only 1 pair of concert tickets will be awarded to the winning entry, and the travel and accommodation budget to attend the concert is limited to $1500.
  • Subject to the challenge conditions, the winner will get to keep the instrument fabricated

Submitted designs will be evaluated on the design criteria and the top three designs will be selected for discussion with a technical committee. The winning entry must satisfy all performance criteria.

Following review by the Technical Committee, a winner will be selected. The winning designer will have their design fabricated and tested for musical and ergonomic performance. The designer will be supported with a fabrication and fitting budget to realize a functioning instrument to be delivered no later than June 30, 2018.

Design criteria:
4.1          The design may be for a new instrument, or an improvement on an existing instrument.
4.2          The instrument must be expected to provide a musical performance deemed acceptable for a professional performance. Specifically, the instrument is expected to:

  • reliably and readily produce a sound when struck, blown/buzzed, or plucked/bowed; and
  • produce consistent pitches when the same note is struck, blown/buzzed, or plucked/bowed.

4.3          The design must have improved ergonomics as compared to a similar, existing instrument.

4.4          The design must integrate the use of 3D Printing (metal or polymer) for the fabrication in whole, or in parts, of the instrument.

4.5          The design must achieve a total instrument cost which is financially viable, taking into consideration the $5,000 fabrication budget, and the $5,000 fitting budget.

See Competition Rules for full Terms and Conditions

Key dates
Expression of Interest: 11:59 PM ET, Sunday, March 18, 2018
Deadline for Submissions: 11:59 PM ET, Sunday, April 15, 2018
Results of Technical and Artistic Review: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Winner notification: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Delivery of Functioning Instrument: Saturday, June 30, 2018

See Competition Rules for full details regarding Expression of Interest and Submissions

Submit Expression of Interest to Artistic_Operations@ottawasymphony.com
Submit proposed design (including a 3D STL or STEP model) to Artistic_Operations@ottawasymphony.com through Dropbox

Click here to Submit Application Form

 Precision ADMAxis Prototype

Canada Makes

The future of manufacturing for the energy sector is being redefined

Innovative additive manufacturing (AM) applications continue to emerge from Canada Makes’ Metal Additive Demonstration Program.  Winnipeg Manitoba’s Precision ADM working with Calgary Alberta’s Onstream Pipeline Inspection 3D printed parts of a new pipeline inspection gauge (PIG). The ground-breaking project is helping to redefine the future of manufacturing for the energy sector.

Due to their low volume production and complex components, conventional PIG manufacturing is expensive. By consolidating parts and improving lead times AM offered a solution to reduce costs of the new PIG improving inspection results, while allowing design to dictate form as opposed to manufacturing techniques.


Onstream Pipeline Inspection – Pipeline inspection gauge (PIG)

With the current challenge of low commodity prices and high project development costs, having access to the advantages AM technology offers can only improve our sector’s future competitiveness. Precision ADM’s the state-of-the-art AM capabilities offered Onstream the freedom to design a new and pioneering pipeline inspection gauge. Derek VanDenDriessche from Precision ADM & James Barlow from Onstream Pipeline Inspection have worked together to find optimum solutions using this innovative process.

The opportunities for AM in the energy sector are massive; with low production runs, part consolidation, freedom of design, lower inventory costs, lead times of days versus weeks, and the ability to replace legacy parts is game changing for the sector.

Additive manufacturing is not limited to aerospace and medical applications only as this project proves, the energy sector will continue to see new and disruptive applications that will change the supply chain and the way parts are built in the future.

“Canada Makes is proud to support such a great project like this where we bring two innovative companies like Precision ADM and Onstream Pipeline Inspection together and help shape the future of Canada’s energy sector,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes.

“Part consolidation of small complex parts like in use for the Onstream PIG project is leading to more companies to use AM for production work with Precision ADM,” said Derek VanDenDriessche, Director of industry and medical sales Precision ADM. “The Canada Makes program allowed Onstream to fully implement additively manufactured parts into their new pipeline inspection products giving them an advantage over their competition.”

About Precision
Precision ADM is a contract engineering and manufacturing solutions provider that uses additive manufacturing (3D Printing) as a core technology. Precision ADM has created a full Advanced Digital Manufacturing hub from Design to Engineering, to Manufacturing and finishing. Complimented by multi-axis machining capability, PADM identifies, develops, and manufactures high value components and device applications for the medical, aerospace, energy and industrial sectors. PADM is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. www.precisionadm.com

About Onstream
Onstream Pipeline Inspection uses advanced technologies to provide reliable and accurate pipeline inspection results to oil & gas producers and pipeline operators working in the North American marketplace, with a focus on continual technological and software advancement. onstream-pipeline.com/

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

Additive Manufacturing changing medical landscape

Winnipeg based Precision ADM was recently highlighted in an CTV news clip ‘3D printing changing medical landscape.’ The news piece offers a brief but very good summary on some of the additive manufacturing applications now happening in hospitals. Precision ADM, a Canada Makes partner,  was the first Canadian metal Additive and Subtractive manufacturing services company to receive ISO 13485:2016 Quality Management System certification.

Martin Petrak Precision ADM

Precision ADM President & CEO Martin Petrak. 

View the clip here http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1267801&binId=1.1164782&playlistPageNum=1


Precision ADM Receives ISO13485 Medical Device Certification

Precision ADM

Canada Makes partner Precision ADM Inc. is pleased to announce that it is the first Canadian metal Additive and Subtractive manufacturing services company to receive ISO 13485:2016 Quality Management System certification. This industry standard represents the comprehensive set of requirements for the design and manufacture of medical devices.

Implementing this standard enables Precision ADM to manufacture medical devices, such as Orthopaedic Implants, using the latest digital manufacturing technologies. Using these technologies, Precision ADM can lower production costs by reducing waste and decreasing time to market by simplifying – or eliminating – tooling and equipment.

Additive Manufacturing also makes it possible to produce custom, patient-specific designs and devices with complex geometries, with potential lower cost than traditional manufacturing methods. Precision ADM is currently targeting additively manufactured medical devices produced in materials such as Titanium, Cobalt-Chrome, and stainless-steel alloys.

“Achieving ISO 13485 Registration and Certification using both metal Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing methods for Medical Devices is a first for any Canadian AM services company,” said Martin Petrak, CEO. “We are proud of our team’s accomplishment in achieving this significant milestone and are excited to work under this quality system with our existing and new clients.”

Dale Kellington, General Manager, added “The design and manufacturing controls this Certification demands gives our medical device customers the confidence they need that our manufacturing output will meet their stringent requirements. Our experience in product innovation and validation testing through our parent company, the Orthopaedic Innovation Centre, gives us a unique perspective on medical device manufacturing.”

“The expertise and experience our engineers possess give us the ability to solve the complex issues facing the medical field today,” said Derek VanDenDriessche, Director of Medical Sales.

EMV vehicle goes metal additive with Canada Makes & Precision ADM

Battery box cap

Battery box cap

Additive manufacturing is changing how we build things and electric vehicles in how we go places. For these reasons they are often referred to as ‘disruptive technologies’ so combining them is sure to offer some interesting possibilities. This recently happened when Canada Makes, Precision ADM, and Electra Meccanica Vehicles (EMV) partnered on an additive manufactured battery box end cap for an electric automobile.

“The Metal Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Program allowed EMV to start exploring metal additive manufacturing capabilities and I’m very excited to expand our working relationship with additive manufacturing technologies,” said Jerry Kroll CEO of EMV.

The Battery box cap part was manufactured using titanium (Ti64ELI) on Precision ADM’s EOS M290.  “We thought titanium would be the best material for its strength to weight ratio,” said Martin Petrak, CEO and President Precision ADM. “It allowed a reduction of the wall thickness by half therefore reducing the weight while maintaining the parts strength and stiffness.”

“The Part was delivered to spec and installed on a prototype in less than two weeks,” stated Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “This project highlights two of the main appeals in adopting additive manufacturing. The time saved receiving a working metal prototype, which speeds up new products to market, and significant weight savings of parts when designed for additive manufacturing (DfAM).”

“Using our advanced training in DfAM from EOS, we are able to use these design rules to help clients save on the build times and material cost,” added Petrak. “Designing for Metal AM is new tool in the tool box for Advanced Digital Manufacturing, that more and more companies are now investing in.”

Canada Makes’ Metal Additive Manufacturing Demonstration program recently completed its third round of funding and is pleased to report that over 50 Canadian companies participated last year. A new round of funding is currently being negotiated for the coming fiscal year.

The Metal Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Program is funding by NRC-IRAP and 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 Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp.
Electra Meccanica strives to be the driving force behind sustainable transport by creating the compelling mass market, all-electric SOLO. The vehicle will make the urban commute more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly. The SOLO’s futuristic design is powered by a 16.1 kWhs lithium ion battery and the drive system is tuned for higher speed and mobility. With a range of 160kms (100 miles), and a top speed of 130kms/h (80 mph), the SOLO delivers superior performance and spirited driving. electrameccanica.com

About Precision ADM
Precision ADM is a contract engineering and manufacturing solutions provider that uses additive manufacturing (3D Printing) as a core technology. Precision ADM has created a full Advanced Digital Manufacturing hub from Design to Engineering, to Manufacturing and finishing.  Complimented by multi-axis machining capability, PADM identifies, develops, and manufactures high value components and device applications for the medical, aerospace, energy and industrial sectors. PADM is headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. www.precisionadm.com

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


Canada Makes announces new leadership partnership with Precision ADM

Precision ADM 3D printed heat exchanger

Precision ADM 3D-printed heat exchanger

May 4, 2015 – Canada Makes is proud to announce a new partnership with Precision ADM, a division of the Orthopaedic Innovation Centre (OIC) focused on advanced digital manufacturing for medical and aerospace applications. Winnipeg-based Precision ADM will function as a leading member in the Canada Makes network, which is dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of additive manufacturing (AM) in Canada.  “We are pleased to welcome Precision ADM into the Canada Makes community,” said Martin Lavoie, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters’ (CME) director of policy for manufacturing competitiveness and innovation. Precision ADM“As Canada’s advanced manufacturing sector evolves it is vital that we connect industry leaders like Precision ADM with other leaders in the AM field.” Medical and aerospace sectors represent some of the highest market potential for the adoption of additive manufacturing, meaning a partnership between Canada Makes and Precision ADM will accelerate Canada’s implementation and commercialization of additively manufactured products. “Additive manufacturing allows engineers and surgeons at OIC to design medical devices that will allow for patient specific solutions in ways that were not possible with conventional manufacturing methods,” said Martin Petrak, president and CEO of OIC Inc. Canada Makes recently sat down with Dale Kellington, VP of Product Development at Precision ADM, for a Q&A session:

Dale Kellington

Dale Kellington, VP Business Development at Precision ADM

Tell us about Precision ADM and the organization’s mandate and vision. Precision ADM, Advanced Digital Manufacturing, is a place where knowledge and understanding ofthe large variety of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies exists.  We understand which AM technology is best for a given application, along with what post processing will be needed to achieve a final, functional end product. With a strong focus on metal and polymer AM parts for medical and aerospace applications, Precision ADM endeavours to find the two-part design and manufacturing solution that best meets the material, quantity, quality, and cost characteristics required for a given specific application. Our vision is for a strong group of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to start up in Canada where AM is the manufacturing method that gives them the strategic ability to meet niche market needs in a highly flexible and profitable manner.  These companies can focus on market research and product requirements while we help them achieve the requirements through AM design and manufacturing. How does Precision ADM fit into the Canada Makes network? Canada Makes provides the national network to assist startups and SMEs to develop and manufacture their products using AM.  Precision ADM will be a vital part of this network by partnering with companies that are ready to go past the prototype. We can help guide them through product design and development toward a manufacturing solution that allows them to create a profitable and flexible company. What role do you see Precision ADM playing in the medical and aerospace sectors? How will that role evolve in the future? When it comes to manufacturing high-value, high-requirement medical or aerospace parts with metal or polymer AM you need a team of experts available to make the metallurgy and mechanical characteristics acceptable and reproducible, to understand the regulatory environment of the end products with respect to AM, and to scale manufacturing production as the product market penetration grows. Precision ADM will provide this team to startup and SME organizations within the Canada Makes network so that the organization can use their initial investment towards market research and penetration activities that will make them healthy in the long term. Experts believe the market for AM will grow to $21 billion USD by 2020 from $4.1 billion USD in 2014.  As this happens, Precision ADM wants to ensure that Canada is equipped to capture its market share in areas that offer the highest return on investment through scaling our application knowledge and manufacturing capabilities. How will the growth of Canadian advanced manufacturing benefit Precision ADM and vice versa? By helping to grow a large group of healthy, profitable companies with a variety of AM end-use products developed and manufactured in Canada, the application knowledge and IP developed will ensure that Canada and Precision ADM are at the forefront of innovation.  Growth in this sector will mean an ever increasing array of opportunities to capitalize on as the nature of product design and manufacturing changes over the coming decades.

Canada Makes is a network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities involved in advanced and additive manufacturing. For more information on partnerships and initiatives visit www.canadamakes.ca. For more information on Precision ADM visit www.precisionadm.com.