Fundamentally changing how things are made

Additive manufacturing is game-changing technology, commonly known as 3D printing, with a relatively simple concept at its core: building three-dimensional objects in layer-by-layer fashion. 

Waterloo Engineering strives to be a global leader in additive manufacturing research, with faculty and students dedicated to fundamentally changing the way things are made.

Current research projects include: adding intelligence to machines through sensors and control algorithms; developing methods to use new materials for production; and helping industry deploy AM equipment on shop floors.

Ehsan Toyserkani, professor and University Research Chair in Additive Manufacturing, explains how additive manufacturing will change the way we produce and consume goods.

  1. June 18, 20203D printing prof receives SME manufacturing award

    A professor at Waterloo Engineering has been recognized as one of the top young engineers in manufacturing in Canada and the United States.

    Mihaela Vlasea was honoured by SME, an association for the advancement of manufacturing professionals, academia and communities, with one of 15 awards for high achievers in the field.

  2. May 6, 2020Customized 3D-printed masks being developed

    Waterloo Engineering researchers are working on personalized 3D-printed mask components for front line health-care providers as well as patients who regularly visit medical facilities for treatments such as dialysis,  chemotherapy and radiation.

    To help stop the spread of COVID-19, members of the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) Laboratory have produced several prototypes based on approved design guidelines from Health Canada and the National Institutes for Health.

  3. Mar. 30, 20203D printing focuses on COVID-19 protective shields

    3D printers in the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) Laboratory are producing parts for face shields in demand by health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Our lab quickly volunteered to help and we’re now part of a community group of companies and institutions that have banded together to provide free medical support and supplies,” said Ehsan Toyserkani, a mechanical and mechatronics engineering professor and research director of the MSAM lab. 

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