WATERLOO, ONT. — The federal government has announced funding of $8.2 million to support the University of Waterloo’s additive manufacturing program and help establish the Additive Manufacturing Alliance.
The spending came through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).
The university’s Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) Lab is Canada’s most comprehensive academic research and development facility in the field with support for firms to adapt new technologies in the field and advancing its own research, stated a recent release.
The new alliance is in a position to help more than 90 businesses commercialize nearly 30 advanced manufacturing technologies and provide training and outreach opportunities for about 1,500 students, research associates and industry personnel, the university said.
“This funding is instrumental in capitalizing on an unprecedented interest in additive manufacturing tech adoption in Canada. It will be used to scale up research and development activities and move them into more mature stages of the product development cycle and stimulate technology transfer to achieve tangible economic benefits for SME partners,” stated MSAM assistant professor Mihaela Vlasea.