MONTREAL, Feb. 6, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) launches its 100th project MANU-601 entitled Additive Manufacturing Technologies for Aerospace Components. This project aims to generate knowledge about design, transformation and high-strength aluminium alloy properties for additive manufacturing of aerospace components.
"Additive manufacturing is considered as the third manufacturing revolution. It is actually a 3D printing technique to print a component layer by layer based on computer modeling. The additive manufacturing is currently experiencing a vast global widespread fascination," said Mathieu Brochu, Professor at McGill University and project academic leader.
"Training through research, technological development and basic knowledge are among CRIAQ's priorities," added Clément Fortin, President & CEO of CRIAQ. "The project will allow the training of ten students (six PhDs, one MSc, one post-doc, two interns and one research associate) who will become highly qualified personnel to serve our industry and our society."
MANU-601 project gathers all the elements that have made CRIAQ a success as a unique model of open innovation. This is a great example of collaborative research which brings together thirteen partners including eight industrial partners which are the main OEMs, intermediate members and SMEs as well as four research institutes.
"My first experience with rapid prototyping was fifteen years ago during the manufacturing of the international space station's robotic arm components. Due to technological advancements in additive manufacturing, we will now be able to produce flight parts," said Jean-Paul Langevin, Engineer at MDA Corporation and project industrial leader.
This major project will contribute to strengthen our aerospace industry competitiveness and will also benefit the supply chain since it will generate direct production of aerospace components. The end result will benefit our economy!
"Over the years, the Québec Government, through its agencies and programs, has supported CRIAQ and has ensured its continuity. We are proud to be associated to CRIAQ's success which is a model for collaboration and exchange between industries, universities and research centres," said Jean Belzile, the Assistant Deputy Minister of General Office for Research, Innovation, Science and Society of the Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie.
Lastly, this project which involves partners located in Saskatchewan (Canadian Light Source) and in Ontario (Liburdi) is in line with the new dynamic that aims at developing a national aerospace research and collaboration network based on the collaborative research foundations of CRIAQ.
Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ) is a non-profit organization established in 2002 with the financial support of the Québec government. Its mission is to increase the competitiveness of the aerospace industry, and enhance the collective knowledge base in aerospace through improved education and training of students. CRIAQ is a unique model of open innovation where collaborative industry‐led research involves universities and research centres. The consortium promotes collaboration between specialists from industry and researchers to identify and implement pre‐competitive projects that meet industry requirements. www.criaq.aero
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