Canadian manufacturing service bureau Burloak Technologies has launched AM-Works, a customer collaboration program for additive manufacturing. Specifically, the new program is designed to help manufacturers integrate 3D printing into their existing lines.
“Using a collaborative, in-depth evaluation and learning approach,” describes Peter Adams, President and Co-founder of Burloak Technologies, “our AM-Works Program helps customers transform their manufacturing processes, build a business case for additive and efficiently move their projects into scalable production.”
Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence
Since acquisition in 2017 Burloak Technologies has functioned as the additive manufacturing branch of Samuel, Son & Co., a leading metal manufacturer, processor and distributor. Providing engineering & design services, as well as post processing, finishing and quality inspection, Burloak has manufacturing expertise in both metal 3D printing, and CNC machining.
As part of its commitment to additive manufacturing, in 2018 Burloak announced plans to create its own Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Oakville, Ontario. Expected to cost $104 million, this facility is scheduled to reach full production capacity in the third quarter of 2019. One of the machines included in this center is a Sciaky EBAM 110, which operates a build volume of 106 x 47 x 63 inches.
As of July 2018 Burloak is also a founding member of GE Additive’s Manufacturing Partner Network.
Increasing the adoption of additive manufacturing
AS9100D and ISO9001 registered, with Canada Controlled Goods Approval, Burloak supplies CNC machined and additive manufactured parts to leading aerospace, space and energy companies including the Canadian Space Agency. AM-Works has been launched with the aim of encouraging more manufacturers to use 3D printing. Adams explains, “As additive technologies and applications have evolved, the layers of complexity, process options and confusion have grown exponentially,”
“With so many alternatives it can be challenging for customers to choose the right path to success in additive.”
Citing similar reasons, leading digital manufacturer Protolabs also recently made the move to amend its metal 3D printing offering to provide more support to customers where needed. Other services, including SME’s Interactive RAPID AM Portal (iRAMP) and 3YOURMIND’s AM Part Identifier tool, have also been developed to help customers learn how to apply additive manufacturing.
Burloak Technologies will be exhibiting at the upcoming Paris Air Show, from the 17 – 20 June 2019, alongside Samuel, Son & Co. in Hall 3, Booth 20.
Featured image shows a metal 3D printed component post-processed by Burloak Technologies. Image via Burloak Technologies.