Saskatchewan Polytechnic partners with other organizations in applied research to tackle real-world problems. It has recently has teamed up with Create Café, a 3D-Printing studio and café based in Saskatoon.
“Partnerships like this provide win-win scenarios for everyone involved,” said Dustin Maki, who is the CEO and founder of the 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.”
The institution’s faculty developed a set of high flow 3D printing nozzles with the Industrial Research Assistance Program. They have been used in a custom ErectorBot 3D printer named Printron, the only one of its kind in Canada. It is owned by Randy Janes, the co-owner of Create Café, and the owner of Wave of the Future 3D. Printron means that six times more material can be laid down than what Create Café has had the ability to do in the past. Because of the nozzles, larger items – such as the globe’s first 3D printed camper – can be printed at the café.
Lance Greene, the CPO and co-founder of Create Café, as well as an alumnus of Saskatchewan Polytechnic, designed the original high flow nozzle. He was on board with the partnership as he was aware of the great things that the institution could achieve.
Tim Muench, the programme head of the CAD/CAM and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs, said that partnerships such as this are the reason why Saskatchewan Polytechnic graduates are highly sought after in the professional job market.
“Our students have opportunities for first-hand experience with cutting edge technology and exposure to possible career options,” said Muench.