The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) started the Industrial Demonstration Projects for Metal Additive Manufacturing Program in 2013, collaborating with the Canadian Tooling and Manufacturing Association (CTMA) in Ontario and made it available to Canadian companies nationally through CME Canada Makes in 2014. The program helps Canadian manufacturing companies de-risk and learn about metal AM. Over 200 Canadian manufacturing companies were engaged in the program to design and manufacture their own 3D-printed metal prototype parts over the last four years. Some statistical information will be presented showing the regions of Canada with the most AM activity and also which industrial sectors were the most active. Several published real-part examples will be presented along with the overall summary.
This presentation will cover the following questions:
- What did we learn from the participating companies in terms of what parts are the most economical to 3D print?
- What industries and product families are adopting metal AM in Canada?
- Who are the most active service providers and equipment manufacturers?
- What are the biggest technical challenges?
- What are the key steps in evaluating both technical and business feasibility for using metal AM technologies to replace conventional manufacturing processes?
- What are the biggest business challenges?
- How to secure government funding in Canada for metal AM R&D projects?
- Who is available to help in Canada (universities, colleges, government labs, for-profit contractors)?
- How do companies engage with NRC-IRAP?