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.