Mohawk College has officially opened Ontario’s first Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre in Canada’s manufacturing heartland.
Engineering Technology students and faculty are already working with 43 industry, education and government partners on applied research projects. Digital images are turned into three-dimensional prototypes and parts made out of titanium, aluminum, nickel, stainless steel, bronze and other metals.
The $2 million centre received $720,000 in funding from both the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund, with additional support from industry partners. Mohawk is one of only three postsecondary education institutions in Canada with the capacity to manufacture metal parts for industry.
Additive manufacturing joins digital health and smart grid technologies as Mohawk’s three areas for applied research.
Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre
- The Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre serves as a test lab for advanced manufacturers and a living lab for Mohawk’s Engineering Technology students.
- Only three colleges and universities in Canada have 3D printers that can produce metal parts. Mohawk’s centre is the only one of its kind in Ontario.
- The $2 million Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre received matching $720,000 grants from both the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund, with additional funding from industry partners and the college.
- The centre features two advanced printers that turn digital images into three dimensional models, prototypes, tooling and production parts made out of titanium, aluminium, nickel, stainless steel, bronze and other metals. The centre also has plastic printers for creating preliminary designs.
- Mohawk is already working with 43 advanced manufacturers and government and education partners on applied research projects that:
- Test the feasibility of making existing products using additive manufacturing.
- Improve the designs of existing products and reduce costs.
- Design new products that cannot be manufacturing using conventional processes.
- Develop and test new materials to manufacture products using additive manufacturing.
- In addition to the Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre, Mohawk also conducts applied projects with industry, education and government partners at the Mohawk eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC) and the Applied Research Centre in Energy.
- More than 4,500 students are enrolled in Mohawk’s Faculty of Engineering Technology program and the collaborative Bachelor of Technology degree program in partnership with McMaster University. Applied research capstone projects are incorporated into the students’ curriculum and co-op work terms.
For more information, visit: www.mohawkcollege.ca