3D Printing

3D printing or Additive Manufacturing covers a variety of processes under computer control in which material is joined or solidified most often layer by layer to create a three-dimensional object or structure based on a digital 3D model or a computer-aided design (CAD) file.One of the key advantages of 3D printing is the ability to produce very complex shapes or geometries.

While earlier considered almost exclusively for product development and rapid prototyping applications, nowadays Additive Manufacturing is widely used in the following sectors: manufacturing (circuit boards, ,…), life science/medical (medical devices, prosthetics, reconstructive surgery, organ transplant, 3D cell culture and drug screening, personalized medicine with customized pill dosage,…), industry (cosmetics, food, transportation, aerospace, military…) and sociocultural/arts (fashion, clothing, footwear, jewelry, toys,…).

SRC, in its quest to provide leading edge technologies to potentiate the R&D capabilities of the Canadian scientific community, has recently integrated in its portfolio 3D printing technologies from several world-leading manufacturers such as Cellink for their 3D-bioprinters and bioinks and Apium Additive Technologies GmbH for their industrial and medical 3D printers of High Performance Polymers and Metals.

Below is a list of partners we work with in this field:
Rokit Healthcare
Heidelberg Instruments

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  • Introducing M.A.T. by 3DCeram, a groundbreaking ceramics printing technology in Canada. It extends 3D printing to advanced ceramics with precise control and versatile material compatibility. Enjoy efficiency, precision, and ease of use. M.A.T. also offers CNC machining and robocasting for post-processing. Ideal for Canadian researchers, M.A.T. combines two leading 3D extrusion technologies for prototype development and complex ceramics.

  • Apium P400 is the most flexible platform for processing High Performance and Engineering Polymers. Apium P400 enables one to experience a new level of additive manufacturing with its exceptional new features like Next Generation Adaptive Zone Heater, Energy Efficiency, Multi-Material Processing capability, and much more.

  • The MPO 100 is a Two-Photon Polymerization (TPP) multi-user tool for 3D Lithography and Micro-Printing of microstructures with applications in Optics, Photonics, Mechanics, and Biomedical Engineering. The modular 3D printing platform MPO 100 offers high precision on demand for 3D Lithography as well as high print volume for 3D Microprinting and enables the production of complex functional microstructures with high throughput in a single process step.

    • Filament Extruder X 1EA
    • Hot-Melting Pneumatic Dispense X 1EA
    • -4-60°C (cooling/heating)
    • Ultrasonic Sensor + 1OOTPI Fine Adjust Screw I Fork Sensor
    • 720p HD Camera
    • C02 Incubator (C02 5%, 37°C, Humidity 80%)
    • Syringe Pneumatic Dispense X 5EA + NFC Tagging System 1EA


    • User friendly
    • Open parameters
    • Stereolithography laser
    • Free link support technology
    • A pressure tank (1,5 liter) feeding to provide the material quantity required for an optimized run 100*100*150
    • Peristaltic pump for flowrate control to manage quantity of printed ceramic slurry
    • Accessible for persons with reduced mobility
    • Easy scale up to C3600 (600 x 600 x 300 mm)



  • The freedom to develop your own process

    • Dedicated to R&D development, the C100 LAB opens opportunities to​
    • Develop materials with a low quantity of material
    • Qualify design
    • Print parts to show case
    • User friendly
    • Open parameters
    • Stereolithography laser
    • Free link support technology
    • Controlled quantity of printed ceramic slurry
    • Accessible for persons with reduced mobility
    • Start a printing run with only 60 mL of ceramic formulation
    • Cartridge of 180 mL, 360 mL, 600 mL or 920 mL available)
    • Option : Pressure tank (1,5 L)




    • 3 sizes of building platform : 100 x 300 mm, 200 x 300 mm and 300 x 300 mm
    • First printer developed by 3DCeram, the C900
    • FLEX gets the benefits of 15 years of know-how and optimization
    • Print functional parts or small series
    • SAM (Small Amount of Material) option : launch a fast printing run with only 100 mL of slurry
    • Open parameters
    • Ceramic printed parts have the same properties as those produced in conventional ways (moulding, machining and injection)



  • 3DCERAM offer the C900 Hybrid in order to print a second, or more, material at the same time.

    • The deposit of the second material can be adjusted according to your needs and specifications.
    • Inside the system, several type of dispenser systems are possible up to 3 systems : from needle valve to micro dispensing system.
    • Hybrid functions integrated in CPS software (one software to control printer and hybrid)


  • the solution for mass production

    • Industrial printer
    • Stereolithography (laser)
    • Supportless technology
    • Reduced production cost per piece
    • Reduced cleaning time
    • Perfectly suited for printing in large series


    • possibility to use your own ceramic,
    • Definition of the printing and firing parameters specific to the formulation,
    • eep the benefit of your certification.
  • Medical PEEK 3D Printing
    Apium is proud to introduce Apium M220 Series 3D Printers – the first of its kind.
    Apium M220 is able to process medical grade PEEK, without affecting its biocompatibility and sterilisation properties.


  • Industrial PEEK 3D Printing for High Performances

    Build the best-in-class 3D printed end-parts and functional prototypes for your competitive advantage.

    •  Good mechanical strength
    • Good thermal conductivity
    • High electrical resistivity
    • High hardness
    • Good wear resistant
    • Chemically inert



    •  Excellent mechanical properties
    • Chemical inertness
    • High Hardness


    • High mechanical resistance
    • Porous ceramic, good leachability
    • Very stable at high temperature
    • Compatible with complex shapes like cores
    • Used with all alloys except cobalt


    • Great Hardness and tenacity
    • Biocompatibility
    • Resistance to wear and thermal shock


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