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Burloak Technologies and Canada’s NRC commercializing DED technology

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The National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the Government of Canada’s largest research organization focused on industrial innovation, has partnered with Burloak Technologies, a Canadian additive manufacturing leader and a division of Samuel, Son & Co., through an exclusive development and technology licensing agreement.

Through the agreement, the NRC will provide Burloak Technologies with exclusive access to a patented directed energy deposition (DED) process using laser consolidation additive manufacturing. Burloak will take up the mantle from the NRC, helping to develop and commercialize the process as a new multi-axis DED system. According to the partners, the system has the potential to deliver unprecedented capabilities in terms of surface finish, material properties and material combinations for complex geometries.

Burloak NRC DED process

In addition to signing for exclusive licensing of the process, Burloak has also signed a number of commercialization agreements with major aerospace customers that are interested in utilizing the AM process to produce flight components for serial production.

“We are excited to partner with Burloak Technologies, a world leader in additive manufacturing, to aid in advancing the industrialization of this technology by offering our support and expertise,” commented Iain Stewart, President of the National Research Council of Canada. “We look forward to working with Burloak to develop a revolutionary, made-in-Canada technology for the country.”

Peter Adams, President and Co-founder of Burloak Technologies, echoed the sentiment, saying: ”We are pleased to have reached this agreement with the NRC and to collaborate on further development of the technology as we move towards its commercialization. With its DED system, the NRC has developed a truly revolutionary technology that will allow us to deliver additive components with never-before-seen resolution, accuracy, speed and material choice along with superior material properties.”

The agreement between Burloak and the NRC was announced this week at the Paris Air Show, where the Canadian AM company also revealed a collaboration with Safran Landing Systems aimed at the development of 3D printed aircraft landing gear.

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Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault is a Montreal-based content writer and editor with five years of experience covering the additive manufacturing world. She has a particular interest in amplifying the voices of women working within the industry and is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM sector. Tess holds a master's degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

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