Markforged video Lean production

Markforged video Lean production

Learn how Saskatoon-based metal fabrication company Lean Machine has used 3D printing for production. Lean Machine specializes in custom machining primarily for the commercial transportation and mining sector. The company had previously used heavy duty steel tooling, which they would usually make in-house.

This was not a scalable option for the company, as they found they were spending a large amount of time on internal tooling instead of on customer parts.

To keep costs down and reduce the wear and tear on parts, the team turned to Markforged 3D printing technology for lean production. “We found Markforged by researching for the best printers out there for commercial and industrial quality printing,” says Josh Grasby, R&D Engineer at Lean Machine.

Lean Machine has since created 3D printed sheet metal bending dies using Markforged carbon fiber material, and found the 3D printed parts haven’t experienced any marring when coming in contact with metal parts.

The team also has 3D printed metal grippers for their robotic arms, saying “the metal printed parts look nicer than most machined parts.” The company has also seen a lot of success in 3D printed fixtures, tools, and several other parts to keep things efficient while keeping costs down. Learn more about how Lean Machine has used 3D printing to improve its production cycle.

The SolidXperience Group Reveals Designs to Mass Produce Custom Ventilators in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

The SolidXperience Group Reveals Designs to Mass Produce Custom Ventilators in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

St. Laurent. April 3, 2020 – A journey of a thousand miles starts with just one step. For The SolidXperience Group that step happened on March 21st, 2020 on a couch in the socially distant living room of CEO, Alex Habrich. While watching the news with his wife, Susie, both growing increasingly concerned with the spread of COVID-19, she came across an advertisement for the Code Life Ventilator Challenge. Knowing him and the abilities of the people he employs, it was the perfect opportunity. “I know you can do this – go save lives”. That was all it took!

Our directive was clear: Design a low-cost, simple, easy-to-use, and easy-to-build ventilator that could serve COVID-19 patients, as quickly as possible. The following day Alex asked for volunteers, and a diverse team was curated from three companies and various backgrounds.

“This project is a collaboration of people from both Canada and the United States, with everyone teleworking!” – Alex P. Habrich, The SolidXperience Group CEO

Within 24 hours a team was gathered, within 8 days the designs were submitted to the challenge hosts, and within a month The SolidXperience Group will be testing a fully functional prototype of the complete OXYGEN field-ready ventilator system.

“It feels like drowning”, the most common report from the COVID-19 patients requiring breathing assistance, and with that imagery we took inspiration from the simplicity of a scuba breathing apparatus. The SolidXperience Group officially began tackling the problem on March 23rd, ready to help save the world however they could.

The group quickly decided the best course of action would be to produce a machine that could both conventionally connect in a hospital setting and run as a stand-alone unit in developing countries or emergency overflow.

The next step was to analyze the given product specifications and start creating schematic diagrams defining the required parts and showing how those parts interact to create the desired results. With the help of the project’s panel of medical advisors, the group was able to take the initial schematic designs and modify them as a collaborative team. All online!

Then commenced several fast-paced days of editing, revision, discussion, and decision. Affordability always being a key factor. The device needed survivability, an intuitive setup and user interface, easily maintained and replaceable parts, and it needed to be kept as inexpensive to manufacture, in mass, as possible. This iterative process proceeded through until March 29th at which time schematics were finalized. With the engineering in place, product design took off.

Next, packaging: getting all the required components to fit into a manageable, transportable, robust, easy-to-operate, and reliable case. Under the pressure of the CODE LIFE contest entry submission date of March 31st, this process was successfully started and completed on March 30th. Concurrently, the digital interface was coded to manage the internal valves, solenoids, and sensors necessary to provide a clear and secure on/off readout and warning alarms.

11:58 p.m. March 31st, 2020 – The SolidXperience Group successfully submitted their entry to the CODE LIFE Ventilator Challenge and walked away with new purpose.

Inspired by how quickly and efficiently his team was able to redesign the ventilator system while physically separated and baffled by the inflated asking price for current machines, Alex decided regardless of the outcome of the contest, The SolidXperience Group would produce their more reliable and less expensive ventilators.

The fight isn’t over yet, however! In the coming weeks several more steps need to be taken quickly to meet the hopeful deadline of May 1st for a functioning prototype. As the physical pieces of the first construction are gathered the interface code must be tested and refined, and the assembly must go through a series of tests and simulations to determine that it meets pre-set standards and can be labelled ‘medical grade’.

Both companies in The SolidXperience Group, Mecanica Solutions and SolidXperts, eagerly look forward to stepping out into the world, continuing our thousand-mile journey, and doing what we can to help save lives all over the world.

Thank you to the following team members and professionals for their part in the success of this project!

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AscendBridge Solutions joins Mecanica Solutions a SolidXperience Company

AscendBridge Solutions joins Mecanica Solutions a SolidXperience Company


 AscendBridge Solutions Inc. – a North American Dassault Systemes Platinum Partner joins Mecanica Solutions Inc. a SolidXperience Company  AscendBridge Solutions Inc. –


SEPT 19, 2019. Mecanica Solutions Inc. is pleased to announce the completion of a successful merger with AscendBridge Solutions Inc. a North American Dassault Software Partner and Services provider.
Both organizations have a deep history providing customers with 3DEXPERIENCE, CATIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, DELMIA and Services including Implementation, Technical Support, Training and Design Services, throughout North America.
Awarded the status of Platinum Partner from Dassault Systemes, our combined organization of talented professionals will enhance our resource and product offerings to customers in Aerospace & Defense, Transportation & Mobility and Industrial Equipment.
“Providing the appropriate software solutions combined with exceptional customer service has contributed to our long-term success, says Gerry Alguire, managing director of AscendBridge Solutions Inc. “Our customers throughout North America have come to rely on our rapid response and software expertise in CATIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA and DELMIA”.
Karen Crespi, managing director of AscendBridge Solutions Inc. stated that “Our core values; Passion, Commitment and Dedication to Customer Success will continue to be intrinsic to our company’s future. This is an exciting time for both companies and our customers as we join Mecanica Solutions Inc”.

About AscendBridge Solutions Inc.: For over 20 years AscendBridge has successfully assisted clients in Canada and the United States with the selection, implementation, training and ongoing support of CATIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA and DELMIA software solutions. They serve a wide customer base including but not limited to OEM’s and Suppliers within the Automotive, Aerospace, Consumer Good and Industrial Machine sectors.

About Mecanica Solutions Inc.: Mecanica Solutions has been providing engineering services to aerospace, automotive and AEC industries since 1982. Mecanica is a world-wide provider of PLM solutions and technologies aimed at enhancing business processes. We have developed specialized expertise in Dassault Systemes 3DEXPERIENCE ecosystem, building the knowledge to adapt this environment to the unique requirements of each of our clients.

Karen Crespi


19 SEPTEMBRE 2019. Mecanica Solutions Inc. est heureuse d’annoncer la finalisation de la fusion avec AscendBridge Solutions Inc., partenaire logiciel nord-américain de Dassault Systèmes et son fournisseur de services.
Les deux organisations ont une longue expérience en fournissant à leurs clients 3DEXPERIENCE, CATIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, DELMIA et des services comprenant le déploiement, le support technique, la formation et la conception, partout en Amérique du Nord.
Attribuée au statut de partenaire platine par Dassault Systèmes, notre organisation combinée de professionnels talentueux améliorera notre offre de ressources et de produits pour nos clients des secteurs de l’aérospatiale et de la défense, du transport et de la mobilité et des équipements industriels.
“Fournir les solutions logicielles appropriées, associées à un service client exceptionnel, a contribué à notre succès à long terme, déclare Gerry Alguire, directeur général de AscendBridge Solutions Inc ”Nos clients à travers l’Amérique du Nord se sont fiés à notre réactivité et à notre expertise logicielle de CATIA,
Karen Crespi, directrice générale de AscendBridge Solutions Inc., a déclaré: “Nos valeurs fondamentales; la passion, l’engagement et le dévouement au succès des clients continueront de faire partie intégrante de l’avenir de notre compagnie. C’est un grand moment pour les deux compagnies mais également pour nos
clients alors que nous rejoignons Mecanica Solutions.”

À propos d’AscendBridge Solutions Inc.: Depuis plus de 20 ans, AscendBridge assiste avec succès ses clients au Canada et aux États-Unis dans la sélection, le déploiement, la formation et le support de manière continue des solutions logicielles CATIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA et DELMIA. Ils desservent un large
éventail de clients, y compris, mais sans s’y limiter, les fabricants d’équipement d’origine (OEM) et les fournisseurs des secteurs de l’automobile, de l’aérospatiale, des biens de consommation et des machines industrielles.

À propos de Mecanica Solutions Inc.: Mecanica Solutions fournit des services d’ingénierie aux industries de l’aérospatiale, de l’automobile et de l’AEC (architecture, ingénierie et construction) depuis 1982.
Mecanica est un fournisseur mondial de solutions et de technologies PLM visant à améliorer les processus d’affaire des entreprises. Nous avons développé une expertise spécialisée dans l’écosystème 3DEXPERIENCE de Dassault Systèmes, en développant les connaissances permettant d’adapter cet
environnement aux exigences uniques de chacun de nos clients.

Karen Crespi


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Aerospace and Defense: Navigating the Changing Landscape

Aerospace and Defense: Navigating the Changing Landscape

As systems become more complex to design, build and deliver, OEMs and suppliers need to accelerate innovation, drive efficiencies and move to the factory of the future to allow for greater agility on their production rate.

Meeting this demand requires a new way to conceptualize, design, manufacture, test, certify and sustain new air and space vehicles. As a result, companies such as Boeing and Airbus are quickly moving to digitalize their business.

Industry veteran, Anthony Velocci, reveals a comprehensive view of the aerospace & defense industry.
To learn more about this changing landscape and what it means for how aerospace suppliers will work with OEM’s, we invite you to request a copy of the whitepaper, Navigating the Landscape.


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About Mecanica Solutions

Mecanica Solutions has been providing engineering services to aerospace, automotive and AEC industries since 1982. Mecanica is privately held and is a world-wide provider of PLM solutions and technologies aimed at enhancing business processes. We offer a complete range of PLM solutions and on-site support to help your firm manage innovation throughout your product lifecycle.

Mecanica is a world-class reseller of Dassault Systèmes software for over 30 years now. We not only offer the range of industry leading Dassault technologies but we can also custom build CAD/PDM/PLM software applications that are tailored for your enterprise.

For any question, contact your nearest Mecanica office or give us a call at our Montreal headquarters at +1 (514) 340 1818 or by email at .