MX3D has deployed its first M1 Metal AM system in Canada, at Dalhousie University. The system was successfully installed in January 2023 – making Dalhousie one of the top WAAM service providers in the country for various innovative projects, including R&D for the higher learning institute campus, in Halifax.
The university’s upcoming WAAM projects include the manufacturing of R&D for major architecture, engineering, and construction industries. They will also use the technology for development testing on materials for components within manufacturing industries. Dalhousie is currently employing this technology in related AM applications in Nova Scotia.
“Our institute’s researchers and I are eager to observe how the manufacturing sector in Canada across multiple industries responds to this new technology. With metal additive manufacturing becoming increasingly popular in various industries, it’s crucial that we develop cutting-edge methods for testing and monitoring to fully unlock its potential,” said Professor Ali Nasiri, from Dalhousie University.
“WAAM is a cutting-edge manufacturing and repair technology that has revolutionized the way we produce and repair components. With its ability to rapidly build and repair metal components of various shapes and sizes, WAAM has applications in several prominent sectors, including maritime industries, mining, and aerospace, among others,” said Ali. “The adoption of WAAM technology in Nova Scotia is a significant step forward in the region’s academic research and industry application capabilities. It serves as a catalyst for promoting innovation and growth in these sectors by providing researchers and industry professionals with a platform to explore the full potential of this technology.”
Dalhousie University will reportedly use MX3D’s M1 WAAM system to support the AM demands of the university’s industry partners, and to train and educate researchers and students – equipping them with the necessary knowledge, skills, and capabilities to excel in the industry. According to Ali, one of the significant advantages of the M1 system is its user-friendly interface, which makes it easy for students to learn to operate.
When asked how MX3D’s MetalXL software aids in Ali’s research, he said: “MetalXL is a powerful tool for organizing and accessing data related to Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing processes. Such data is essential for effective monitoring and control of the process. Moreover, MetalXL offers a visual representation of key process parameters, enabling rapid and specific insights into the large data set.”
Dalhousie University is currently looking to collaborate with local, national, and international industries that recognize the potential benefits of adopting WAAM technology.