HAMILTON (Jan. 16, 2015) â€“ Mohawk College has officially opened Ontarioâ€™s first Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre in Canadaâ€™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 Mohawkâ€™s three areas for applied research.
â€śOur recently announced Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy expands the scope of our governmentâ€™s targeted research priorities to include advanced manufacturing. The Canada Foundation for Innovation and our government are proud to partner with Mohawk College in developing Canadian innovations to improve our manufacturing sector, create jobs, and improve the quality of life of Canadians.â€ť â€“ The Hon. Ed Holder, Federal Minister of State (Science and Technology)
â€śOntario is thrilled to support this partnership, which will help provide cutting-edge resources to companies and train future generations to become leaders in additive manufacturing â€” a field that promises to help drive advanced manufacturing, keep Ontario competitive in the global economy and create highly skilled, well-paying jobs here at home.â€ť â€“ The Hon. Reza Moridi, Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation
â€śCanadaâ€™s colleges work with the private sector in state-of-the-art research labs to create innovative products and services. These prototypes can be applied rapidly, giving Canadaâ€™s manufacturing industry a unique advantage in the highly competitive global marketplace.â€ť â€“ Gilles Patry, President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation
â€śOur Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre helps strengthen our regionâ€™s global competitiveness on two fronts. Advanced manufacturers can test and develop new and improved products while our students work with emerging technologies and go into the workforce as highly skilled, future-ready graduates.â€ť â€“ Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie
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