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Western Canada Announces $5 Million for Additive Manufacturing Hub

By Michelle Watisons l Reprinted with Permission from

Additive manufacturing promises to grow into a $6.9 billion industry in the next four years, and as it continues to expand all over the world, Western Canada announces its intentions to join in. On March 13, 2015, the government announced a partnership with Canadian enterprises seeking to use “digital manufacturing” to expand business opportunities and fulfill social needs. $5 million was pledged in support to the Orthopaedic Innovation Centre (OIC), a non-profit corporation focusing on orthopaedic technology development in collaboration with industry and post-secondary institutions, by the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

Auto Lightweighting Gains Traction with Quality Control

By Rick Sloop, Director of International Technical Services, InfinityQS International, Inc.

By 2025, all new cars and trucks are required to have an average fuel efficiency of 54.5 miles per gallon, as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). With today’s vehicles averaging about half that amount, this is certainly an ambitious goal. However, as automotive manufacturers work towards this deadline, many are finding that lightweighting– using lighter components and advanced materials in the manufacturing process– is the key to meeting the EPA’s requirements.

AM’s Laser Focus on Launching a New Era for Small Satellites

By Ryan Brinks l Business Development Media

The lasers in today’s 3D printers will soon cut out the cumbersome labor of assembling components and soldering connections at various stages of small satellite production — and even disintegrate the myriad considerations forced upon their design as a necessity to survive the harshness of being launched into orbit, according to the visions of some of the industry’s leading innovators.

Mechanical Engineer 3D Prints a Working 5-Speed Transmission for a Toyota 22RE Engine

BY Whitney Hipolite l Reprinted with Permission from

Who says that you can’t make anything useful on a desktop 3D printer? Sure, there are plenty of designs that you can find on 3D printing repository websites which make you question the motive of the designers — but at the same time, there are engineers and designers creating things that make you just stop and say, “WOW!”

Materialise Announces New Aluminum Alloy 3D Printing Material as They Report Quarterly Earnings

By Brian Krassenstein l Reprinted with Permission from

Within the 3D printing space, materials really are everything. If we were only able to print using thermoplastics, the industry would never have taken off. Although thermoplastics and thermoplastic composites rule the consumer side of the market, it’s resins, metals, and metal alloys that are spawning the growth seen within the industrial side of the market.

Rolls Royce to Flight Test Trent Engine with Largest Ever 3D-printed Part

Reprinted with Permission from Metal Additive Manufacturing

It has been reported that Rolls-Royce plans to flight-test later this year a Trent XWB-97 engine fitted with what it claims is the largest component ever built using Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM). The titanium structure is a 15O cm diameter x 50 cm depth front bearing housing containing 48 aerofoils, manufactured using the ALM technique.

3D Printing Future Cityscapes Brick by Brick

By Chris Morris l Business Development Media

Unquestionably, 3D printing is one of the most transformative technologies to have emerged in several decades. Already, a wide variety of predictions are being made with regard to this innovation. There are seemingly endless fields in which 3D printing can be utilized, but one in which efforts are already being made with existing technology is that of architecture, design and construction.

SmarTech Medical 3D Printing Report: Materials Space to Grow Nearly 700% by 2020

By Brian Krassenstein l Reprinted with Permission from

There’s no doubt that one of the more exciting areas within the 3D printing space is that of the medical field. We have seen tremendous strides made in just the last couple of years, leading to both biological and artificial 3D printing applications for bone, arteries, skin, and even organs. Over the next several years we will continue to see incredible growth in these areas, making our lives richer, and hopefully our pocketbooks a bit heavier.

These 3D Printed Plexiglass LED Signs Display Your Text Like Magic

BY Whitney Hipolite l Reprinted with Permission from

There is something about colorful lights that can gain the attention of just about anyone. Whether it is one of those fluorescent lights you are used to seeing at your neighborhood bar, a street light turning from green to yellow to red, or Christmas lights that brighten the holiday spirit, there is no denying the fact that colorful lighting is an attention grabber.

Oak Ridge National Lab Demonstrates Precise Control of Structure and Properties in Metal Additive Manufacturing

Reprinted with Permission from Metal Additive Manufacturing

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have demonstrated an Additive Manufacturing (AM) method to control the structure and properties of metal components with a claimed precision that is unmatched by conventional manufacturing processes.

3D Systems Awarded Two Aerospace and Defense Research Contracts

Reprinted with Permission from Metal Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing equipment supplier 3D Systems, based in Rock Hill, USA, has been awarded two research contracts worth over $1 million from America Makes in a project funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Both projects are set to commence in early 2015. 

GE Announces New $32 Million Additive Manufacturing Research Centre

Reprinted with Permission from Metal Additive Manufacturing

GE has announced it will spend $32 million to build a new research and education centre focused on additive technologies in Pennsylvania, USA. The company will use the new 125,000 ft2 facility to train designers and engineers on Additive Manufacturing design and production, and work closely with students at nearby Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh.