The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has launched a new initiative to research and implement cold spray additive manufacturing (CSAM). In partnership with Québec-based Polycontrols, NRC plans to commission selected CSAM manufacturing facilities in February 2020.
A Poly / CSAM center will open in Boucherville, Quebec, with the task of adapting CSAM for mass production.
The Polycontrols team already has several projects on the application of cold spray technologies in the aerospace and transport sectors. As part of the new program, the company hopes to “demonstrate the possibilities of large-scale production integration.” The first phase of the project will take 6 years, its budget is 3 million dollars, which Polycontrols received from the Investissement Québec fund, the banks Business Development Bank of Canada and Bank of Montreal. The partners emphasize that the Poly / CSAM Manufacturing Center should consolidate Canada’s leadership in cold spray additive manufacturing and provide additional competitive advantage.
The overall mission of the NRC is to turn research results into real products. The organization works closely with manufacturers, giving priority to areas that can make a significant contribution to the economic, social and environmental well-being of the country. One of the priority areas is additive manufacturing, and NRC is already working on several initiatives in this area. Together with GE Additive AP&C, NRC has developed a new method for analyzing powdered metal for additive manufacturing. In addition, the Burloak Technologies 3D printing bureau received a strategic development license from the NRC. Since February 2019, the NRC has partnered with Aspect Biosystems to create a 3D printed bioprinter of the blood-brain barrier that will allow new drugs to be tested.