In the next five years, we will see the establishment of Canada’s first full advanced manufacturing and production additive manufacturing center. This facility is being developed as part of a five-year, 11.5 million dollar strategic plan initiated by Burloak Engineered Solutions. Among the ‘firsts’ claimed by the facility will be the first production DMLS system in Canada in addition to SLS and subtractive systems. This transition was made possible by a private equity investment concluded in July.
Burloak was founded in 2005 as a privately held company based in Dudas, Ontario. They have focused on the delivery of services and solutions in the areas of 3D printing, advanced manufacturing, metrology and engineering services. In a statement released to the press, the company spokesperson said:
“Over the years we have invested in leading edge technologies and delivered high quality services that have seen our team working on projects in North America, South America, Asia, and Europe. We will continue this investment over the coming years as we continue to strengthen our value proposition. Our mission is to build a team that consistently exceeds the expectations of our customers and builds long term collaborative partnerships with our suppliers so that we achieve sustainable growth in an environmentally responsible manner.”
Burloak’s facilities are being developed to provide services for clients in the defense, medical, architectural, aerospace, automotive, and industrial sectors. These services will include prototyping, as well as, both development and final production level additive manufacturing in addition to engineered solutions.
Production is expected to begin by the middle of August with the company having already begun commissioning its first set of machines. The initial equipment is being ordered from EOS and is comprised of SLS and DMLS 3D printers. Further orders are being placed with Elliott Matsuura for 3, 4, and 5 axis CNC machines and CMM systems.
With this new direction, the company intends to begin a rebranding campaign as well, starting with the creation of the corporate entity Burloak Technologies under which will operate two wholly owned subsidiaries, Burloak Advanced Manufacturing, Inc. and Burloak Engineered Solutions, Inc. The services of the corporate entity will be divided with advanced manufacturing services being provided by Burloak Advanced Manufacturing and inspection, alignment, metrology, 3D scanning, reverse engineering, tooling, BIM modeling, long range laser scanning, and CAD services offered under the Engineered Solutions subsidiary.
As additive manufacturing continues to spread throughout manufacturer’s floors, Burloak continues to establish themselves as a major player within the space, putting Canada on the map as well. Let’s hear your thoughts on this transition, in the Burloak 3D printing forum thread on 3DPB.com.