Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC)

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A leading research centre in metal additive manufacturing, the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC) provides designers and manufacturers with a collaborative applied research environment in which to explore the technology on an industrial scale. The Centre’s focus is on supporting industrial adoption of advanced manufacturing and industry 4.0 technologies for increased efficiency and better product design.

Industry partners can access laser sintering capabilities (utilizing metal (DMLS) and plastic (SLS) powders), fused deposition modelling (FDM), optical and scanning electron microscopy to characterize materials, and a trained research team to operate the labs and collaborate on projects. AMIC projects help industry with innovative product (re)design and development; manufacturing process optimization; and new materials development. Workshops and specialized training are also available to industry.

 

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Product Development and Redesign

AMIC provides a test bed for industry to develop new products and parts. From developing rapid prototypes to producing production-ready parts, the research team helps organizations explore additive manufacturing before making a significant investment in existing and emerging technologies. AMIC also provides guidance to industry partners looking to manufacture parts and products and want to be matched with a suitable production facility.

As additive manufacturing can also allow for new and better ways of producing parts and products,  AMIC can also reverse engineer existing parts in order to explore new materials and more efficient design options, helping companies save money and produce higher quality parts.

Materials Development and Characterization

As an emerging technology, there is still a limited number of materials that can be used in additive manufacturing systems. AMIC can support the testing and validation of new materials and assess their suitability for use in a specific product or part. The lab also supports new alloy development, parameter evaluation and materials characterization.

Process Optimization and Training

AMIC can help industry partners understand the advantages and disadvantages of additive manufacturing for their entire organization or for specific product items, as well as help companies currently using the technology improve their workflow within their manufacturing process.

On request, AMIC can also design and host customized training and information sharing for companies looking to adopt additive manufacturing within their organization, augment the skills of their staff or explore new aspects of the technology.

Labs & Equipment

Our facilities are equipped with industry-leading additive manufacturing equipment.

Manufacturing and 3D Printing Lab

Metal 3D Printer in the AMIC lab

The Manufacturing and 3D Printing Lab supports applied research projects in design optimization, product development and process optimization. The lab contains nine additive manufacturing units, representing six different additive manufacturing technologies.

Among the available equipment in the lab are two metal additive manufacturing systems. The EOSINT M 280 is a laser-based system for the direct production of metal parts and tooling, with a build volume of 250 x 250 x 325 mm. The Desktop Metal Studio System+ (DMSS+) is one of the newest metal systems on the market: it prints parts faster, offers more design flexibility, requires significantly less post-processing time, and can be used with a wider range of metals and materials than most metal systems. It has a build volume of 300 x 200 x 200 cm.

To support prototyping and production of parts in plastic, the lab has a EOSINT P 395, a plastic laser-sintering system for the direct manufacture of end products, spare parts, functional prototypes and master patterns, with a build volume of 340 x 340 x 620 mm. For faster prototyping to support product development, the lab also has several fused deposition modelling (FDM) systems, including the 3D Platforms WorkSeries 200, a large format FDM system with a build volume of 1 x 1 x 0.5m.

Materials Development and Characterization Lab

Equipment in the Materials Lab

The Materials Development and Characterization Lab supports applied research projects focused on the development of new materials for additive manufacturing and the validation of process parameters and mechanical properties for parts produced for a wide range of materials. Using industry-leading technology, such as the JEOL JSM-IT100 InTouchScope Scanning Electron Microscope, the research team works with industry partners to explore metallographic characterization and alloy characteristics and support the development of new alloy combinations, including in situ alloying.

Affiliated Labs

AMIC has access to the facilities at the Marshal School of Skilled Trades, as well as access to the expertise and labs available at the Energy and Power Innovation Centre (EPIC), the Medical Technologies Innovation Centre (MTIC), the Cybersecurity Lab, the Sensor Systems and Internet of Things (IoT) Lab, and the Centre for Climate Change Management.

 

 

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Dynaplas Ltd.

Toronto-based Dynaplas Ltd wanted to explore how conformal cooling could be integrated into the design of their moulds and what impact the process would have on their cycle time. Dynaplas asked AMIC to redesign a paddle mould.

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MERQ Automation

Merq Automation, based in Stoney Creek, is a laboratory solutions and automation company. Merq asked the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre to partner with them in the design and development of an ergonomic syringe dispenser.

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FloNergia

Local start-up FloNergia has developed a design for a more efficient airlift pump that can reduce production costs, improve water quality and increase food production by 10%. FloNergia asked AMIC to explore material options and develop an industrial-grade prototype.

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The Grandfield Research Group

The Grandfield Research Group at Hamilton’s McMaster University focuses on biomaterials for bone interfacing applications in orthopedics and dentistry. They asked AMIC to collaborate with them to evaluate the suitability of Ti-553, a titanium alloy, for use in 3D printed implants.

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Simon Coulson, General Manager, AMIC 

As the General Manager of the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre, Simon supports staff, students and industry partners on the delivery of applied research projects. Typical projects at AMIC involve product design and development, prototyping, and additive manufacturing. Prior to joining AMIC in 2015, Simon honed these skills at Blackberry where he was a Material Specialist. Notably, he was the technical lead for the development and implementation of BlackBerry’s “Aerospace Composite”, first used on the Bold 9900 and later on the Q10 and Z30. Simon’s academic background consists of a MASc Material Science and Engineering from McMaster University.

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Thank you to our funding partners

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About IDEAWORKS

AMIC is part of IDEAWORKS, Mohawk’s active hub of applied research and innovation. IDEAWORKS accelerates Canadian and global innovation by supporting industry access to expert researchers, specialized facilities and world-class technologies. AMIC is a founding member of the Southern Ontario Network for Advanced Manufacturing Innovation (SONAMI)

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