The Carrefour québécois de la fabrication additive (CQFA)
Additive manufacturing (AM) represents an immense potential for Quebec. Its ecosystem here is in full swing. Several strategic sectors of our economy could benefit further from it, but this is not yet the case. The white paper on additive manufacturing in Quebec presented by PRIMA Quebec and its partners identifies several strategic directions and measures for Quebec to become a technological leader thanks to AM. The Carrefour québécois de la fabrication additive (CQFA) will be a cornerstone to achieve this and the platform that will be unveiled on June 1 will become a strategic tool to achieving this objective.
CQFA benefits from the financial support of 3 partners, learn more by consulting the following press releases:
- Le ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et de l’Énergie (in french only)
- Government of Canada – CED (in french only)
- METALTec industrial R&D group – NRC
The White Paper on Additive Manufacturing in Quebec
Additive manufacturing (AM) is at the heart of the disruptive technologies of the 4th industrial revolution that underpin the digital transformation of industrial production. Its immense technological potential makes it possible to design unique products and reduce time to market, while enhancing the quality of parts and relying on agile, adaptive and economical manufacturing methods. AM also helps to better manage the energy transition and pressures on resources from a sustainable economic perspective. In addition, it encourages personalized medicine in the context of an aging population.
In Quebec, the AM ecosystem is emerging. The industrial offer is very real in various segments of the value chain: often modest-sized firms export abroad and anticipate investing more to serve a diversified clientele. Key sectors of the Quebec economy – ground transportation equipment, aerospace, energy, health, industrial equipment and tools – explore and use it. The commitment of the R&D community is undeniable, as evidenced by the ever more numerous and extensive collaborations. In addition, the province benefits from a competitive advantage in the field of advanced materials, as well as the presence on its territory of two of the world’s largest producers of metal powders in AM.
The white paper on additive manufacturing in Quebec is the result of a mobilization process undertaken by PRIMA Quebec and its partners, namely Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, the ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation du Québec, the Centre québécois de recherche et de développement de l’aluminium (CQRDA), MEDTEQ and P4BUS Systems. Over thirty manufacturers and organizations involved in collaborative research, technology adoption and skills development actively participated in the steering committee. The other players in the ecosystem were also consulted through surveys.