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Wohlers Associates and QIRC to offer DfAM training in Montreal

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Wohlers Associates is partnering with the Québec Industrial Research Centre (CRIQ) to offer, for the first time in Canada, three days of intensive training on design for additive manufacturing (DfAM). The course is targeted at designers, engineers, and managers wanting to learn how to design parts that fully benefit from additive manufacturing. The DFAM training will take place at the CRIQ’s Montreal research facility June 12-14, 2018.

“We are very excited about holding this training in Canada in partnership with such a great research institution,” said Terry Wohlers, president of Wohlers Associates. “AM is changing the face of modern manufacturing, but it requires professionals that can design complex shapes and understand the full AM production process. This is why our DfAM course was created,” added Wohlers. Wohlers Associates and lead instructor and world-renounced DfAM expert Olaf Diegel have conducted this highly-rated course for NASA, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery, Materialise, and others.

With its globally renowned aerospace and automotive sectors, Canada can benefit greatly from a more skilled workforce. Montreal is the home of early adopters in AM technology and a number of companies involved in the AM supply chain. According to Denis Hardy, president and CEO of the CRIQ, “The CRIQ has always been ahead of the curve in the adoption and commercialization of new technologies. Partnering with organizations such as Wohlers Associates to train our workers is part of our strategic mission to help companies transition to innovative manufacturing.”

Topics covered in the training include the consolidation of many parts into a fewer number of them, topology optimization, lattice/mesh structures, best practices, and DfAM rules and guidelines. Participants will gain valuable hands-on experience by designing parts for additive manufacturing and building them on industrial AM equipment during the course.

Wohlers Associates offers an unparalleled window into additive manufacturing and 3D printing. The independent consulting firm of 31 years provides technical, market, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in rapid product development and AM. Wohlers Associates counts 260 organizations in 26 countries among its clients. Separately, the company has provided advice to more than 180 companies in the investment community. For more information, go to wohlersassociates.com

The mission of CRIQ is to make Québec industries more competitive by supporting business innovation. To this end, CRIQ provides companies with the information, expertise and services they need to 1) excel in developing distinctive high-value-added products that address market demands, 2) acquire new technologies and new ways of operating that enhance productivity, 3) improve their standing in the global marketplace, and 4) break new ground in designing products and procedures that are eco-efficient. To achieve its objectives, CRIQ and its 200 employees seek to engage industrial and institutional organizations and create partnerships that provide better innovation services to businesses.

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