3D Metal Printing Challenge

3D Metal Printing Challenge

The Saint John Innovation District will launch its 3D Metal Printing Challenge this week. The Additive Manufacturing Innovation Challenge has been designed to help companies explore the value of this disruptive technology.

The Saint John Innovation District will launch its 3D Metal Printing Challenge this week. The Additive Manufacturing Innovation Challenge has been designed to help companies explore the value of this disruptive technology.

In partnership with The Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence (MAMCE) at the University of New Brunswick and Economic Development Greater Saint John (EDGSJ), with funding from ACOA, the initiative is open to companies throughout Atlantic Canada.  It will cover 75% of the cost to develop prototypes for innovative products, techniques, and designs using additive manufacturing technology. 

“Selected companies will be provided with up to $25,000 in seed funding to address key pain points in their business with 3D metal printing,” said Edward Cyr, Director of Programs and Innovation at MAMCE “Companies with long lead times for parts, with obsolete parts that are expensive to replace, or have complex assemblies with several fail points are excellent candidates for additive manufacturing where parts can be designed and printed in weeks.”

There are a variety of solutions that can be developed with 3D metal printing and it is most relevant for companies in manufacturing and fabrication, energy, medical devices, food and beverage production, and transportation. Additive manufacturing can turn multiple parts into a single component reducing the possibility for failures and decreasing the time to replace the part.  Because the 3D printing process works by producing parts layer by layer, material is used only where needed. As a result, it produces less waste than traditional methods and can be used for creating light-weight parts. 

Additive manufacturing is a disruptive technology, and leading industries are heavily investing in its development. Saint John is well positioned to build on this opportunity.

“An Innovation District with an Additive Manufacturing and Material Innovation zone strategically located in Saint John, central to our major industry partners, and access to Port Saint John for export opportunities is an enviable environment to build from,” said David Irving, General Manager of Irving Equipment and Board Member of Economic Development Greater Saint John. “We have a long history of industrial manufacturing and can continue modernizing by building research partnerships and a collection of like-minded 3D printing supply chain businesses. Today, CFM, MAMCE’s commercialization partner in Saint John, can be leveraged to provide production expertise. We want more businesses to invest in this technology.”

Companies like Moosehead Breweries who have recently learned the value of additive manufacturing, immediately recognize its potential.

“Once we realized we could 3D print stainless steel, which is a core material in our production system, we started thinking about what might be possible with additive manufacturing” said Amanda Butt, VP of Operations for Moosehead Breweries. “Printing metal parts for our production line in Saint John could shorten supply chain lead times from months to weeks, decrease down time, and free up warehouse space for critical spare parts.”   

Companies interested in learning more about the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Challenge can visit the website www.aminnovationchallenge.com and are invited to register for an information webinar on Thursday September 10th with the following links.  The deadline to apply for the program is September 30th, 2020.

 

AM Innovation Challenge Information Session #1 - Sep 10, 2020 08:30 AM

 

AM Innovation Challenge Information Session #2Sep 10, 2020 03:00 PM

 

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