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Canada Makes releases the Metal Additive Design Guide


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The Metal Additive Design Guide will help guide Canadian SMEs looking at metal AM and how it might be added to their process.

Canada Makes has launched its latest tool to make additive manufacturing more accessible, the Metal Additive Design Guide. The Guide was developed to assist companies interested in trying metal additive manufacturing (AM). Canada Makes previously released the Metal Additive Process Guide, and the newest resource follows the same easy-to-use format and is once again a free service that introduces concepts needed when designing for additive manufacturing (DfAM).

“The Metal Additive Design Guide is easy to use, interactive, offering useful information for newcomers to this technology,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “Its primary function is to help guide Canadian SMEs looking at metal AM and how it might be added to their process. It’s a great educational resource bringing great value to users and it’s just plain cool.”

Metal Additive Design Guide - Canada MakesIn the interactive app, users are able to answer some of the most crucial questions when it comes to this technology like “how big can my parts be” or, “what materials can I use”. The Guide is not designed for the experienced metal AM user but rather someone looking for quick and straightforward answers regarding design for additive manufacturing.

“Canada Makes’ goal is to assist Canadian industry in adopting additive manufacturing and the Metal Additive Design Guide continues in that vain where the Metal Additive Process Guide left off,” added Defalco.


There are many advantages to adopting AM processes versus traditional manufacturing, like significant time savings. This resource allows SMEs to receive quick answers to certain concepts about metal additive techniques and help them more easily adopt this method.

The Guide will help speed up Canada’s manufacturing sector in understanding the capabilities of metal AM. Canada Makes hope this knowledge will expand AM adoption and invigorate Canada’s burgeoning AM supply chain, growing Canada’s competitiveness.

The Metal Additive Design Guide was funded through the National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program in accordance with the Metal Additive Demonstration Program.


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