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The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has launched a new initiative focusing on the research, development and adoption of cold spray additive manufacturing (CSAM). In partnership with Quebec-based surface engineering company Polycontrols, the NRC plans to open a specialized CSAM facility in February 2020. Based at the NRC in Boucherville, Quebec, the Poly/CSAM center will work to scale the CSAM process for mass production.
Polycontrols has proven expertise in cold spray implementation for aerospace and transport industries. Through this project, according to VP Operations Luc Pouliot, the company is hoping “to showcase its capabilities as a large-scale manufacturing integrator.”
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The first phase of the project will be conducted by Polycontrols over the next six years with a $4 million CAD (approximately $3 million USD) initial investment from Investissement Québec, the Business Development Bank of Canada, and Bank of Montreal. Pouliot adds:
“WE SEE POLY/CSAM AS A WAY TO STRENGTHEN CANADA’S INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP IN COLD SPRAY ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING AND BECOMING MORE AGILE AND COMPETITIVE ON THE NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SCENE.”
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The aim of the NRC is to turn research into beneficial products for the commercial market. Working closely with industry, the council prioritizes areas of interest based on those that will help provide “creative, relevant and sustainable solutions” to the nation’s “current and future economic, social and environmental challenges.”
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Identifying additive manufacturing as one area of interest, the council is already supporting several initiatives. Together with GE Additive’s AP&C the NRC has developed a new method of analyzing metal powders for additive manufacturing. The council has also given a DED development license to 3D printing service bureau Burloak Technologies. And, since February 2019, the NRC has been working with Aspect Biosystems to develop a 3D bioprinted blood-brain barrier to study the...
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