Although 3D printing is not new, we’re developing new applications for this technology to accelerate time to market for our innovations. At the crossroad of manufacturing and innovation, it offers promising possibilities.

The researchers of our Toronto hub have been putting it to the test, focusing on the aerator ‘Vortex flowTM system’, seeing to what extent it could increase our efficiency.

For the time being, our trials run with a range of printing partners show that by using the technology to produce smaller components (ones that are labour-intensive to produce but don’t need to be water-tight) could help us to increase manufacturing efficiency by between 10 and 20%. That’s a productivity improvement worth aiming for.

Our new Toronto research hub, currently under construction and expected to be up and running in the second half of 2023, will include significant 3D printing capabilities alongside full-scale production lines to take these tests further.

We’re determined to explore this and other digital technologies to see how they can help us produce even better solutions for our customers, more cost-effectively and at a faster pace.

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