Natural Resources Canada Supports Innovation at Maetta



    BOUCHERVILLE, QC, April 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Maetta is pleased to announce
the participation of Natural Resources Canada in a field trial project of its
innovative system for shaping materials. Maetta, who specializes in the
development and manufacturing of complex parts, has developed a system for
prototyping and manufacturing metallic and ceramic parts based on powder
injection molding. This is the third version of the system Maetta has been
working on for three years.
    Natural Resources Canada supports the project with a 95 000 $
contribution through the Industry Energy Research Program. This contribution
will enable Maetta to perform the scaling and testing of the system.
    Powder injection molding allows for an optimal use of raw material in
that only the quantity required to shape a part is injected into the mold.
This can lead to major reductions in the use of raw material when compared to
conventional manufacturing processes.
    For Mathieu Boisclair, President of Maetta, the economy of raw material
can be substantial although the company is for now mostly targeting small
parts.
    M. Boisclair explains:

    "We have selected a sample of parts that we currently prototype or
    manufacture for clients in order to make a comparative analysis of the
    raw material required to make the parts using the conventional processes
    and using the Maetta System. The results are astonishing. Generally
    speaking, the Maetta System uses 25% to 70% less raw material for the
    production of the same part. Specifically, the annual production of a
    part for which Maetta has a obtained a manufacturing contract will only
    require 200 kg of raw material compared to 2,6 tons using the traditional
    machining process".

    With the help of experts from Natural Resources Canada, Maetta was able
to estimate the energy savings and the reduction in the emissions of
pollutants that an increased use of its system could generate.
    For Mathieu Boisclair, the more efficient use of raw material is only one
aspect of the environmental advantages the technology makes possible. "In some
cases, the use of metallic powder opens the way for re-engineering the
material used for producing a part in order to avoid using contaminants while
maintaining the final mechanical properties."
    Based on expertise and infrastructure in powder materials in Québec,
Maetta is working on techniques that would allow the use of recycled materials
and the recycling of the finished parts at the end of their life cycle. In the
medium term, Maetta wishes to offer a manufacturing process for shaping
metallic and ceramic materials that meets the fundamentals of sustainable
development.

    Maetta specializes in net-shaping manufacturing of metallic and ceramic
parts. The prototyping and manufacturing technology developed by Maetta is
applicable to all industries.




For further information:

For further information: Charles Dupuy, CFA, (450) 641-5343,
cdupuy@maetta.ca

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