About the NSERC HI-AM Network
Additive manufacturing (AM) has the potential to change the entire manufacturing enterprise by 2030. Substantial progress has been made in recent years; however, there are several remaining challenges hindering the widespread industry adoption of this technology from expensive and limited metal powder feedstock to the need for increased process reliability.
The NSERC Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing (HI-AM) Network has been conceived to work on innovative solutions to address these challenges and to equip Canada for the era of Industry 4.0 and “digital-to-physical conversion.” With major investment from NSERC and CFI, the Network will investigate fundamental scientific issues associated with AM pre-fabrication, fabrication, and post-fabrication processing. It enables collaboration between Canada’s leading research groups in advanced materials processing and characterization, powder synthesis, alloy development, advanced process simulation and modeling, precision tool-path planning, controls, sensing, and applications.
HI-AM is the first national academic additive manufacturing initiative in Canada. The timing is critical, with the global market for AM expected to quintuple by 2020. The proposed Network builds the partnerships, develops the intellectual property, and trains the highly skilled individuals Canada needs to compete in this crucial arena of advanced manufacturing.