The Canadian Space Commerce Association’s annual conference this year will on focus New Manufacturing for New Space as its theme. The conference will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Thursday, March 13, 2014.
The conference usually attracts approximately 100 people from industry, academia and government agencies to discuss the commercial space sector in Canada.
According to the Canadian Space Commerce Association “space manufacturing, the production of manufactured goods in an environment outside a planetary atmosphere, has always been understood to have potential advantages over Earth-based industry because of its unique micro-gravity and vacuum environments, which allow for industrial processes that cannot be readily reproduced on Earth. But now, new techniques developed using computer-aided design methodologies, solid free form fabrication (including 3D printing), selective laser sintering and other fast developing technologies promise not just to revolutionize Earth based manufacturing, but space exploration as well.”
Questions which will be answered at the conference include: What can space companies learn from domestic manufacturers? What are the timelines, constraints, costs and opportunities for profit in this area and what can the manufacturing industry learn from space entrepreneurs?
A partial list of speakers is available on the web site with a full list coming soon. Registration is open.
Update: Here is a partial list of speakers with more to come.
– Peter Visscher, Space and Robotics Manager, Ontario Drive and Gear
– Lou van Amelsvoort, President, Space 1 Systems Inc.
– Stewart Davis, The CRP Group
– Drew Cox, Matterform
– Alex Barlow, Business Development Manager, Mentor Works Inc
– Yaroslav Pustovyi, Backup Payload Specialist for STS-87 Space Shuttle Columbia