3D Printing Metal Objects
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Introduce your team
I’m Simon Coulson. I’m the project manager here at Mohawk’s Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center. We work with students from our engineering program and local businesses to support them in applied research projects.
Here at the lab we’re focusing in materials development specifically for direct metal laser sintering. This is a technology that uses metal powders to produce 3d printed parts through additive manufacturing we’re able to work with materials ranging from aluminum to titanium and even stainless steel.
We were one of the first post-secondary educational institute in Ontario to have this technology and also the second within Canada. As a result of this we’ve developed a world-class team with hands-on experience. It allows our SONAMI partners to de-risk the adoption of this technology and further grow their businesses.
Explain its significance
Partners are able to come to us with problems and we work with our students and our faculty here at the college to help support them in finding solutions. A great example of this is we had a local partner come to us that wanted to produce high quality low volume components we had suggested the use of selective laser sintering.
This is a plastic powder based system as opposed to metal as it was able to provide superior mechanical properties and a superior surface finish compared to other out of manufacturing processes. Our team of students here at the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center at Mohawk College was able to help demonstrate and commercialize the use of this technology for the production of their components.
Following the conclusion of this project we’re able to introduce them to another SONAMI partner who is able to produce these components in mass production volumes for them. Through this relationship they’re able to both grow their businesses and further the adoption of additive manufacturing throughout southern Ontario.