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NRC Canada to advance cold spray additive manufacturing

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The National Research Council of Canada has partnered with PolyControls to improve accessibility of cold spray additive manufacturing technology for manufacturers.

Polycontrols is a Québec-based company specializing in surface engineering solutions and equipment integration. The company possesses demonstrated expertise in cold spray implementation for the aerospace and transport industries.

Polycontrols is partnering with the NRC to build a new, collaborative research facility to help manufacturers and researchers study, adopt and deploy cold spray additive manufacturing (CSAM) technology.

CSAM advantages include an ability to repair or add to pre-fabricated parts and a fidelity to feedstock materials unattainable through melt-based technologies, reports 3D Printing Industry. It can also help reduce material waste.

Expected to open in February 2020, the Poly/CSAM facility will be located at the NRC’s Boucherville site in Quebec. It will focus on scaling up the CSAM process by helping industry adapt laboratory developed technology to meet factory and mass production requirements.

With the support of Investissement Québec, the Business Development Bank of Canada, and Bank of Montreal, Polycontrols will launch the first phase of this strategic growth initiative with an initial investment estimated at $4 million over the next six years.

The NRC will also support technology development and provide strategic advice and technical services with a professional team of over 40 experts.

Poly/CSAM will offer a combination of unique technologies such as surface preparation; coating and 3D buildup by cold spray; local, laser-based thermal treatment; in-situ robotic machining and surface finishing; state-of-the-art sensor technologies; extensive data logging and analytics; and machine learning.

The six year venture will also offer training for manufacturers to ensure the technology is implemented safely and securely.

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