Durham Region companies and schools benefitting from 3D printing technology

Durham Region companies and schools benefitting from 3D printing technology

by Dominik Wisniewski, durhamregion.com While he’s seen a heightened awareness of 3D printing technology in Durham Region, James Janeteas has also seen a fair share of “outlandish claims” being made about its capabilities. Sitting inside the Oshawa headquarters of Cimetrix Solutions Inc., a company he founded in 1993, CEO and president Mr. Janeteas said some people have called 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, the next industrial revolution, a viewpoint he does not share. “There is a lot of hype around our industry,” he said. “When you start seeing articles written in Forbes, Better Business News, Economist and the Wall Street Journal, all of a sudden institutions and the investment community are aware of it.” Originally focused on supporting Canadian manufacturing firms with its design and manufacturing initiatives, Cimetrix started specializing in 3D printing technologies in the late 1990s. “We are still supporting the product development and manufacturing process… but 3D printing, or rapid prototyping as it was called back then, was used to help support the design process and to validate the design for form, fit and function,” Mr. Janeteas said. Today, he said it’s more about leveraging the same capabilities to support manufacturing initiatives. (Click Here to read the full story)...
Durham College students win big at Ontario Technological Skills Competition

Durham College students win big at Ontario Technological Skills Competition

by Jillian Follert, durhamregion.com  Several Durham College students recently won big at the largest skilled trades competition in Canada. The Ontario Technological Skills Competition gave students a chance to face off against the best of the best in more than 60 skill areas. Durham College student Adam Leadbetter, 23, scored a gold medal in the Industrial Mechanic Millwright category. “I was pretty pumped, I was ecstatic,” he says. “This is awesome to put on your resume.” His section of the competition involved designing and building a cascading pneumatic circuit on a short timeline. It may sound daunting to those who aren’t familiar with his trade, but Mr. Leadbetter says using the skills learned through his apprenticeship, made it “pretty straight forward.” This year’s competition in Waterloo saw more than 2,100 elementary, secondary and post-secondary students compete in front of 20,000 spectators. (Click Here to read the full...
GM Canada Engineering Centre in Oshawa to focus on the Connected Car and Green Technology

GM Canada Engineering Centre in Oshawa to focus on the Connected Car and Green Technology

GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle announced today that GM’s Canadian Engineering Centre is growing into an innovation hub for the “connected car” and green technologies, two areas of growing importance for automotive customers and the future of the auto sector. The Oshawa-based centre is now hiring for the addition of more than 100 software and controls engineers to support a new mandate related to “connected car” systems, environmental and urban mobility solutions. GM Canada manages approximately $190 million research and development work per year with a wide range of leading Canadian suppliers and universities.  Work at the GM Canada Engineering Centre in Oshawa and its cold-weather testing facility in Kapuskasing, Ontario is helping to make the automobile more connected and environmentally sustainable.  These activities include the development of new software and active controls that allow customers to take advantage of high-speed data links between automobiles and mobile networks. “Connected car” technologies are enabling an exciting range of new safety, environmental and infotainment applications. Innovation at the Canadian Engineering Centre also focuses on the use of alternative fuels, light-weight and advanced materials which help improve fuel economy and offer customers new and more sustainable technology solutions. Steve Carlisle, president and managing director, GM Canada said, “We have long been proud of GM Canada’s unique capability in Canada to design and engineer future products for our customers and our solid portfolio of patents and project breakthroughs,” said Carlisle. “We are making this investment because we see an opportunity to take advantage of a wealth of talent in mobile technologies, software and advanced automotive engineering available in Canada’s leading...
A catalyst for the future of advanced manufacturing

A catalyst for the future of advanced manufacturing

Every company looks ahead for what it can do to improve manufacturing, whether that’s imagining the future of the next quarter or of the next business cycle. The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is doing that too, but it’s looking to what might happen decades ahead. And, to the surprise of some who may see universities as thriving in isolation of the real word, UOIT is looking at the future of advanced manufacturing in concert with business. UOIT demonstrated its engagement with advanced manufacturing at a half-day conference in April at the university’s campus in Oshawa, Ontario. Several Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) members participated at the conference, including Siemens Canada, IBM, General Motors and Cimetrix Solutions. UOIT is one of Canada’s newest research universities, having opened its doors in 2003. The university has grown to 10,000 students in seven faculties, with an emphasis on studies and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. UOIT has earned 11 Canada Research Chairs (CRC); one, Dr. Dan Zhang, the CRC in Advanced Robotics and Automation, focuses on the next-generation of industrial robotics — innovations that help to perform tasks faster, more accurately and with greater adaptability to changing work assignment and conditions. (Click Here to read the full...
IFTech Announce The Release Of New SDK For ARAIG

IFTech Announce The Release Of New SDK For ARAIG

IFTech Inventing Future Technology Inc. are pleased to announce the release of their Software Development Kit (SDK) for ARAIG As Real As It Gets, a high-tech, multi-sensory gaming suit. Created by a Canadian father and son team, the ARAIG gaming suit provides a new unique immersive experience through multi-sensory feedback. Whether it is for gaming, training, virtual reality, augmented awareness or another market entirely, ARAIG can deliver the most cutting edge technology to its users. People wearing the ARAIG gaming suit will experience a level of immersion that has never been reached and felt before. “We have pushed technology in the creation of ARAIG and now there is a new standard for human perception based on sensory stimulation and sensory manipulation,” said Michael Stanfield, Founder and Co-CEO of IFTech. “The ARAIG technology provides real world sensory stimulation for all virtual world environments.” The ARAIG SDK is used to integrate the ARAIG gaming suit into a customer’s software and properly activate the suit’s various sensors. The software development kit is currently available to companies that have demonstrated they are leaders in their marketspace. ARAIG Software Development Kit provides: • Ability to learn how to integrate the ARAIG SDK into customers software • Access to developer support • Feedback to help IFTech better support a customer’s needs and development process “The ARAIG SDK is a big first step to providing developers and solution providers with a means of integrating ARAIG into their games and software,” says Brodie Stanfield, Founder and Co-CEO of IFTech.“We are looking forward to seeing how developers take the ARAIG SDK and create experiences that have never before...
Spark Client Tiko 3D Reaches Kickstarter Goal

Spark Client Tiko 3D Reaches Kickstarter Goal

Tiko 3D, the creators of the most affordable, elegant, and easy to use 3D Printer officially launched their Kickstarter campaign on Monday. Within three hours, they reached their goal of $100,000. As of right now, the campaign continues to climb! The company is bringing delta printing technology to the masses in a user-friendly, affordable desktop device called Tiko. Tiko 3D are clients of the Spark Commercialization and Innovation Centre and were recently announced as part of the first Cohort of the Thrive Accelerator Program. The company are currently co-located with Spark Centre at The Loft in Durham Region. They are also the winners of the General Entrepreneur category at the 2014 Ignite Durham Startup Competition where they won $25,000 to use towards their business. To contribute to their Kickstarter campaign, please...