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Canada Makes 3D Challenge Trophy, Concept to Product

View the following video showing the process of using both additive and subtractive manufacturing to go from a concept to a product. Thank you to our friends at Renishaw for sharing this wonder video.

The trophy was recently awarded to the team of Lisa Brock and Yanli Zhu from the University of Waterloo and their design of biodegradable packaging made from mushroom roots. canadamakes.ca/canada-makes-ann…eam-3d-challenge/

The award was presented during the first Conference of NSERC Network for Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing (HI-AM) at the University of Waterloo.

Winning team of Yanli Zhu and Lisa Brock of the University of Waterloo with Frank Defalco of Canada Makes

Students were asked to focus on creating innovative tools or products that reduce our environmental footprint using additive manufacturing in tandem with conventional manufacturing approaches.

Lisa Brock and Yanli Zhu proposed the design of biodegradable packaging made from mushroom roots and agricultural waste using binder jetting additive manufacturing. The packaging design was created by optically 3D scanning the object. Approximately 10% of materials used in additive manufacturing can be recycled into new plastics, and the rest are disposed. The options for disposal are landfills and incineration, both of which increase the amount of greenhouse gases. Therefore, new biobased biodegradable materials must be developed to decrease the negative environmental impacts of these additive manufacturing plastics. https://youtu.be/XKU-BHKuGZI


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.


3D Metal Printing Tour and Discussion at Renishaw Canada

Dear Colleagues,

Join Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and Renishaw Canada for a 3D metal printing tour to see metal laser powder bed technology in action on December 11, 2014 in Mississauga. This event will give you an opportunity to visit Renishaw’s demonstration centre and learn about new developments in metrology for additive manufacturing, as well as see the World’s first 3D printed titanium bicycle.
Discover how SMEs can tap into government funding programs such as CME’s SMART Advanced Technologies for Global Growth to support your operations through investment in technologies for advanced industrial processes.

Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014
Time: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm EST
Location: Renishaw Canada, 2196 Dunwin Drive, Mississauga, ON

The cost to attend this event is $25 plus HST. Click here to register


8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome Remarks
Speaker: Dafydd Williams, Director and General Manager, Renishaw Canada
9:15 am – 10:00 am Canada Makes and CME SMART Program Overview 
Speakers: Martin Lavoie and Louise Rubletz, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
10:00 am – 10:30 am Design for Successful Metal Additive Applications
Speaker: Mark Kirby, Additive Business Manager, Renishaw Canada
10:30 am – 10:45 am Coffee Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Demonstrations – Metrology and QA for Additive, Additive Programming 
including orientation, supports, build strategies, AM250 live build demo,
sample components in Titanium, Aluminium, Stainless Steel, Maraging Steel

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