Annual Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing Conference 

Full speed ahead for research into metal additive manufacturing 

Thursday, July 11, 2019

In June of this year, Vladimir Brailovski and eight ÉTS students had a chance to travel to Vancouver for the annual Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing (HI-AM) Conference to present their research projects in the field of metal additive manufacturing. They could not have asked for a better forum. HI-AM is the only Canadian academic conference devoted exclusively to metal additive manufacturing, one of the key technologies of Industry 4.0. 

Taking advantage of the opportunity to share their knowledge with peers and industrialists, they discussed relevant topics, such as the characterization of powders, the optimization of manufacturing and finishing processes and the mechanical and metrological characterization of printed parts. They also demonstrated that the research being conducted at ÉTS is directly linked to industry by presenting concrete applications arising from their research work, including high-efficiency porous burners and patient-specific endoprostheses for dogs.

Professor Brailovski with his students.

As an added bonus, the team left the Conference with one of the top honours! Anatolie Timercan, one of the students who accompanied Professor Brailovski, was awarded 1st prize among the 45 entries in the scientific poster competition.

A network to promote the adoption of additive manufacturing technologies

The mission of the Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing Network, created by the NSERC, is to stimulate the adoption of metal additive manufacturing (AM) technologies among Canadian industries. The network comprises nine Canadian universities: University of Waterloo, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, McGill University, Université Laval, Dalhousie University, University of Windsor and ÉTS. 

The next annual HI-AM Conference, an initiative of the HI-AM network, will be held in June of 2020 at McGill. The automation and digitalization of the supply chain – also referred to as Industry 4.0 – is a critical element in the productivity of Québec companies, which is why ÉTS is committed to participating in the Conference again next year with a much larger contingent of researchers and students who are experts in this field, with a view to convincing industrialists to make this crucial transformation. 

Projects presented

  • Characterization of powders (S. Brika)
  • Optimization of the laser powder bed fusion process (M. Letenneur) 
  • Thermal processing of printed parts (A. Kreitcberg)
  • Surface treatment (N. Mohammedian) 
  • Mechanical characterization (J. R. Poulin)
  • Metrological characterization (F. Zongo). 
     

Examples of additive manufacturing applications

  • High-efficiency porous burners (M. Samoilenko) 
  • Patient-specific endoprostheses for dogs (A. Timercan)
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