We want to introduce you to our newest blog series, CAD Micro Innovation Enablers. This will be a chance for you to get to know our team and all of their accomplishments, plus potentially learn something new about the awesome technologies they work with. This week we want to introduce William Gaqui, CAD MicroSolution’s additive manufacturing service and support engineer.
Who is William Gaqui?
Commonly called “Chill Will” by my close friends. When I’m not tinkering with my 3D printer I play soccer, ride my motorcycle, and attempt to create delicious dishes.
Tell us a little bit about your academic/professional background.
Graduate from the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at SAIT and Energy Engineering at the University of Calgary. Previously worked at a turbine overhaul facility where I helped implement 3D printing using my personal machine.
What attracted you to AM?
My personal 3D printer helped me quickly iterate design while also allowing me to brag to those around me.
What has been your most memorable 3D project to date?
I was tasked with creating a threaded protective piece for an igniter lead and had initially decided to have this manufactured on the lathe. Between a long lead time with the machine shop and an error in manufacturing, I turned to 3D printing for the part. I printed the part out of nylon, the lathe was opened up for higher-value parts, and I got my part in a quicker timeline. This was the first time I used 3D printing for an end-use part.
Why is 3D printing worth the investment?
As someone who initially jumped into 3D printing of its prototyping capabilities, I’ve realized that it is capable of much more. It is capable of creating end-use parts while introducing design freedom and material flexibility. It allows for innovation and gives more power to engineers and designers.
Which 3D printing technology are you most excited about for 2021?
Metal binder jetting by the HP Metal Jet team looks promising which would allow the printing of metal parts in high volumes.