Saskatchewan Polytechnic is always on the look-out for new partnerships in applied research that focus on solving real-world problems while maximising the benefits for everyone involved. That’s why a partnership between Sask Polytech and Create Café, a 3D-Printing studio and café in Saskatoon, is a recipe for success — the rewards can prove to be bigger than planned.
“Partnerships like this provide win-win scenarios for everyone involved,” says Dustin Maki, CEO and founder of Create Café. “We are extremely pleased and impressed with the help that Sask Polytech provided in guiding us through the applied research process, and the quick response in getting the project underway.”
Sask Polytech faculty developed and produced a set of high flow 3D printing nozzles. The nozzles, which were constructed with support from the Industrial Research Assistance Program, are now being used in a custom ErectorBot 3D printer nicknamed Printron – the largest indoor 3D printer in North America and the only one in Canada. Printron is owned by Randy Janes, co-owner of Create Café and sole owner of Wave of the Future 3D. Printron allows for six-times more material to be laid down than what Create Café has been able to do in the past. Because of these new nozzles, large-scale items, such as the Wave – the world’s first-ever 3D printed camper – can be printed at Create Café.
Lance Greene, CPO and co-founder at Create Café and a Sask Polytech alum, who designed the original high flow nozzle says he was on board with the partnership because he knows what the institution is capable of achieving.
For Tim Muench, programme head of the CAD/CAM and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs, partnerships like this are why Sask Polytech graduates continue to be sought after in their chosen career field.
“Our students have opportunities for first-hand experience with cutting edge technology and exposure to possible career options,” says Muench. More about this…