3D Printing Industry | 6/12/2019 | Beau Jackson
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Canada’s Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing Network (HI-AM) is advancing metal 3D printing for aerospace, automotive and the medical sector. Funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the HI-AM was set up in 2018 to address the challenges in metal 3D printing.

Part of the HI-AM is the University of British Columbia (UBC), which recently acquired an Arcam EBM Q20plus machine from GE Additive. The metal 3D printer was installed at University’s Advanced Materials Processing Group, whose Professor Steve Cockcroft has published several papers on metal casting processes and electron beam melting.

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“Additive (3D) metal printing will significantly expand the capabilities of what we can manufacture using structural metals,” said Professor Cockcroft in relation to the HI-AM project and the university’s recent acquisition. More specifically, he highlighted metal 3D printing’s potential impact in transportation “for light-weighting and improving the efficiencies of aero-propulsion systems and automotive drivetrains,” and biomedical sectors, “to customize the geometry of skeletal implants to an individual’s anatomy and utilize materials that are more compatible with biological systems.”

With the new Q20plus, the UBC team will be tackling some of the main challenges to widespread adoption of 3D printing.

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Arcam Q20 Plus, an electron beam metal 3D printer. Image via Arcam.

HI-AM is formed of seven Canadian and five international universities and fifteen industrial organizations including Siemens, Renishaw, and GKN. The National Institute of Standards and...
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