Procter & Gamble Belleville Plant (P&G) and Additive Metal Manufacturing Inc. (AMM), both based in Ontario, Canada, have partnered with Canada Makes to explore the building of new customised parts using Additive Manufacturing. The project was funded through Canada Makes’ Metal Additive Demonstration Program.
“Metal Additive Manufacturing offers an exciting alternative to commercial off-the-shelf parts that cannot achieve complicated design requirements or internal cavity geometry. Even in cases where commercial customisation is available and able, it usually comes with significant additional costs or an unbearably long lead-time,” stated Haixia Jin, P&G Engineering Technical Manager.
“AMM is delighted to be partnering with P&G and Canada Makes in helping P&G introduce metal Additive Manufacturing into their supply chain,” added Norman Holesh, AMM President. “P&G embarked on this journey with the full understanding that to be successful, the technology must be embraced as early as possible in the design stage. This technology is neither an alternative to subtractive manufacturing nor a replacement for it but an addition to the entire manufacturing process and allows for previously unthinkable designs and a dramatic reduction in lead times.”
Canada Makes’ Metal Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Program is funded by the National Research Council Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program and is designed to help Canadian industries increase awareness and understanding of the advantages of the metal AM technology. Canada Makes works with a group of AM experts who offer participating companies guidance on the cost savings and efficiencies of AM.