We boost cold spray additive manufacturing into full-scale production
Polycontrols Technologies, Inc. is a corporation with over 35 years of experience in instrumentation, calibration, and manufacturing solutions. In partnership with the National Research Council of Canada-NRC, we have created PolyCSAM with the objective of improving accessibility of cold spray additive manufacturing to manufacturers by de-risking the adoption of technology so manufacturers can adopt and deploy the technology to compete globally.
PolyCSAM is a world class cold spray additive manufacturing demonstrator facility integrating also in-situ robotic machining & surface finishing. Designed and operated by integrating the Industry 4.0 concepts, especially in terms of data acquisition, management & analysis, PolyCSAM will allow for manufacturing & repair of parts and assemblies of sizes ranging from a few cm to several meters in length, and weight ranging from a few Kg to hundreds of Kg.
Aligned with the real needs of manufacturers, PolyCSAM will close the gap between lab & full-scale manufacturing environment by allowing:
To fabricate or repair large structural components through the synergetic use of multiple technologies (cold spraying, robotics, machining, advanced sensors, simulation, data management & analysis)
Manufacture full-scale prototype & components for validation, certification, and / or demonstration purposes
Reduce the time-to-market delay between the development and full-scale production of innovations
Hybrid manufacturing concept:
Simultaneously, a first robot builds structural reinforcements (additive operation), while a second robot performs the finishing operations (subtractive operation) and inspection, all in a digital environment.
PolyCSAM value proposition
Benefitting from NRC’s flagship technologies related to advanced materials, surface transportation and aeronautics, PolyCSAM will allow for additive manufacturing of complete structural components as well as:
Repair and overhaul of light materials and alloys:
No part size restrictions
No HAZ (Heat Affected Zone)
Batch production: from rapid prototyping to cost-effective manufacturing.
High deposit rate (several kg/h)
Build on existing parts
Customization of components produced by traditional/Mass production methods
Accelerate their time-to-market
By providing expert support in addressing their challenges in the production & industrialization phase, while preserving confidentiality with a controlled access workspace
By supporting the deployment of this new technology to their facility
By training their personnel
Improve their ROI
By allowing rapid production without the delay incurred for building a new plant or expanding a current facility
With new “Cold Spray 4.0” capabilities
Overview of PolyCSAM installations. The facility includes a Cold Spray and robotic machining installation that can accommodate large industrial components up to 8m long (~25 feet).
A unique technology platform
PolyCSAM is a unique technology platform able to address all of the following manufacturing steps in a digital manufacturing environment:
Coating/build-up by Cold Spray
Local, laser-based thermal treatment (no impact nor damage to substrate)
Robotic machining & surface finishing
State-of-the-art sensor technologies
Extensive data logging & analytics
Capability to handle industrial-scale components
Complete training programs (operators, engineers, students)
A first of its kind strategic partnership between NRC and Polycontrols.
NRC’s reputation in the relevant areas of cold spray, robotics machining, artificial intelligence and advanced materials is well established. This vast expertise combined with Polycontrols’ concrete achievements in the field of cold spray and robotics is a major asset for manufacturers who will benefit from a pool of more than 60 experts in the field:
40+ from NRC
10+ from Polycontrols
10+ from various strategic partners & suppliers
4M$+ in private investment over the next 6 years
Several projects already supported by industry
Interested in Cold Spray?
You want to take your additive manufacturing processes to the next level?
You are new to the Cold Spray technology or you already have Cold Spray applications running in your facility?
Feel free to contact our technical team to discuss the possibilities to utilize the PolyCSAM facility.