Canada Makes has recently made the renewal of its Metal Additive Demonstration Program funded by the National Research Council (NRC) through its Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) Materials and Manufacturing Sector Team (MMST) .
The main aim of the program is to de-risk the initial trial of metal additive manufacturing (AM) for SMEs wanting to learn about the advantages of metal AM technology and how it can improves their competitiveness. Participants are invited to engage with a working group expert in metal additive manufacturing who will assist companies to better understanding the advantages and business opportunities both in terms of cost savings and efficiency in adopting AM technology and processes. Once the project is consider viable for AM and the SME is IRAP eligible a part is built and sent to the participating SME to test.
The goals of the program are to create awareness and encourage the adoption of AM technology to improve Canada’s manufacturing and exporting sectors, as well as the development of a supply chain of metal AM companies for Canadian industry to use.