Solaxis's shop floor is loaded with 3D printers, including 6 Stratysys F900Click image to enlargeAdditive manufacturing firm Solaxis Ingéniosité Manufacturière Inc. has been granted $650,000 in federal money to invest in new, state-of-the-art computer equipment and machines.

"Solaxis is one of many businesses leveraging the adoption of cutting-edge technologies to create more wealth and maintain quality jobs in Bromont. It is thanks to the success of such audacious, innovative businesses that we can ensure economic prosperity for the region and all of Quebec,” said Lyne Bessette, Member of Parliament for Brome—Missisquoi.

The company, which currently has eight industrial fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printers, including six Fortus 900mc, serves clients across Canada and the U.S. in the land transportation, aeronautics, defence and security sectors.

Solaxis is positioning itself to fill a void in the industry between very low volume prototyping and high-volume mass forming methods with tooling. Acquiring open, innovative 3D printing technologies will significantly increase its monthly production.

"In these unprecedented times of crisis, we are here to assist Canadian SMEs and workers as they adapt to an evolving situation. Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions supports businesses that leverage innovation as drivers of the economic recovery. By helping Solaxis, our aim is to work with a business that creates good regional jobs and enhances the competitiveness of our Canadian economy," said Mélanie Joly, Canada’s minister of economic development.

IMTS 2020 is cancelled

The uncertainty caused by COVID-19 has claimed yet another event. The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) has cancelled the manufacturing sector’s flagship event, The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS).

$40 M for advanced manufacturing in Ontario

The Ontario government has announced it plans to invest $40 million in advanced manufacturing inititatives in Ontario. The funding is part of a broader provincial $400 million Business Growth Initiative aimed at supporting Ontario's shift towards a high growth innovation economy.

CWBi Acorn, Sask. Polytechnic offer free welding video series

CWBi Acorn has partnered with Saskatchewan Polytechnic to produce online lessons that cover topics in welding applications and technology to keep students’ education on track during a tumultuous school year.

Mazak Discover 2019 event draws thousands

More than 2,000 manufacturers from across North America attended Mazak Corp.’s Discover 2019 event held November 5-7 and 12-13 at the company’s North American manufacturing headquarters in Florence, KY.

Algoma Steel to go public in $1.3B deal

Algoma Steel Inc. in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., has agreed to go public in a merger with Legato Merger Corp. in an all-stock deal estimated to be worth $1.3 billion.

Tekna announces $5.5M expansion of Quebec metal powder production plant

Canadian advanced material powder manufacturer Tekna has announced the expansion of its second plant and its new manufacturing infrastructure in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Mazak pushes digital manufacturing envelope

Mazak has a vision for the future of manufacturing that embraces the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and that vision was clearly evident at Discover 2015, an annual multi-day event held at the company's sprawling 800,000 sq ft headquarters and North American manufacturing operations in Florence, KY.

Selling Your Family Business

Selling a family business is a major decision that some might be considering as the economy transitions from recession to recovery.

Ontario provides $1.3M to train workers in London, Ottawa

The Ontario government is pumping $1.3 million into skills training to help the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) develop workers in London and Ottawa for new opportunities in the manufacturing sector.

CWB Group partners with FABTECH Canada

CWB has announced that it will be offering educational support through its Acorn educational program at FABTECH Canada, North America’s largest event dedicated to metal forming, fabrication, welding and finishing.

No budget bling for manufacturing

Canada’s federal budget for 2021 is long on optimistic rhetoric but again lacked any comprehensive national strategy to support and grow our manufacturing sector.

Rob Adkins named OSG Canada president

Rob Adkins has been named president of OSG Canada. 

Terry Yamazaki In His Own Words by Ray Chalmers

In October 2011, I became aware of Terry Yamazaki's death. The chairman of Yamazaki Mazak Corp., his obituary (he died September 15, 2011, at the age of 82) was carried on Mazak's website and in the October issues of many North American metalworking magazines.

Panasonic commercializes PBT for laser welding


Panasonic Corp. based in Osaka, Japan, plans to start mass producing polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) moulding compounds for laser welding.

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