Canadian firm focuses on additive manufacturing
- October 2, 2015
Nigel Southway, Norman Holesh and David Slimowitz think they have a solution to help Canadian manufacturers become more globally competitive: additive manufacturing.
The three are the owners of a new business, based in Concord, ON, Additive Metal Manufacturing (AMM), a firm that offers engineering and design consulting, additive metal rapid prototyping and additive production services. The company is in the midst of developing a Centre of Excellence for additive metal manufacturing.
The idea behind the business and the Centre of Excellence is to make advanced manufacturing technologies accessible to Canadian manufacturers and in turn strengthen the Canadian manufacturing industry.
Holesh, who is CEO, says the company is anticipating rapid growth of the business that offers what he describes as a "low risk barrier to entry for industrial manufacturers that wish to avail themselves of this new emerging technology."
AMM has an "aggressive growth plan," says Holesh and within three years it plans to expand the facility's capabilities to provide 150,000 hours annually of additive metal processing capacity.
The company is launching the business with one EOS metal additive machine but co-owner Southway says the plan is to have 20 machines by the middle of next year.
The three partners say AMM is not a tool shop and will not compete with existing machine shops. Instead, they see the business as a service bureau for additive manufacturing.
"We won't be doing the same kind of manufacturing as a tool shop, instead we'll be an additional service that complements what these shops do," says Holesh.
Repository aims to ease cost of welding school supplies
The Canadian Welding Association (CWA) Foundation has created an industry repository for welding equipment and materials to ease the financial burden of running secondary school welding programs.
Launched in early October, the repository will be supported by industry through contributions of equipment, supplies and materials that will be accessed for free by secondary school educators across Canada.
“This equipment and materials repository is the first of its kind for welding secondary school educators in Canada,” said Deborah Mates, Executive Director of the CWA Foundation. “We continuously hear from educators of the financial burden welding materials cost, such as consumables, personal protective equipment, steel plates and even welding machines. So we’ve decided to create an avenue where industry can help offset some of these costs by donating to the materials repository. This is a great way assist schools with their welding programs and help the next generation of welding professionals.”
Industry will be able to make donations via the CWA Foundation's web site, where educators will also be able to obtain equipment and materials.
"It's essentially a one-stop shop for drop off and pick up, but in a virtual way.