Burloak Technologies, a Canadian leader in additive manufacturing, has announced its plans to open an Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Oakville, Ontario. The company, acquired last year by Canadian metal manufacturing company Samuel, Son & Co., says the new AM facility will launch in September 2018 and will be fully operational by the first quarter of 2019.
Spanning 40,000 square feet and housing state-of-the-art technologies, Burloak’s future AM facility will help the company to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing by providing end-to-end service solutions to clients. In a statement, Samuel said customers will have full support on projects through the initial concept stage, to optimized design for additive manufacturing (DfAM), to full-scale production.
“Additive manufacturing is a rapidly developing technology that creates much lighter, stronger parts while reducing costs by consolidating multiple manufacturing steps into a single process,” commented Peter Adams, President and Co-founder of Burloak Technologies. “For these reasons, additive manufacturing is attractive to companies in multiple industries, such as aerospace, automotive and healthcare.”
“However, the barrier to adoption for many companies has been their lack of expertise and equipment,” he continued. “Through this Center, we are removing the obstacles a prospective customer would face on its own, making it easier, faster and less costly for them to make use of this exciting new technology.”
By providing its own expertise in additive manufacturing (including in design, engineering, materials development, post-processing, metrology and more), Burloak Technologies plans to not only provide guidance for companies seeking to adopt AM but to support projects across a wide range of industries. Within Canada, Samuel-owned Burloak is an established supplier of AM and manufacturing services to aerospace, space and energy companies. The company also has AS9100D and ISO9001 registration and is Canada Controlled Goods Approved.
There is no word yet on how many jobs the new Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence will create in the Oakville area when it opens or on how much it is worth.