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. Feb. 13, 2019Students explore potential of new 3D printer for clay

    Professor David Correa didn’t know quite what to expect when he launched a class for graduate students at the School of Architecture to explore the potential of a new 3D printer for clay.

    Six months later, he couldn’t be happier with the one-of-a-kind projects they produced after being challenged to design and build small walls made out of bricks.

  2. May 24, 2017Lab will help shape the future of industrial 3D printing

    The University of Waterloo is building one of the largest university-based facilities in the world to advance additive manufacturing (AM) and help companies adopt AM processes for innovative and customized products.

    Backed by nearly $27 million in cash and in-kind support, the lab will enable Canadian companies to tap the enormous potential of AM, commonly known as industrial 3D printing, while also further developing the technology through research.

  3. Jan. 12, 2017$32.6M in federal funding for new Engineering 7 building

    The spirit of risk-taking at the University of Waterloo paid dividends today when federal cabinet minister Bardish Chagger announced $32.6 million in funding for the new Engineering 7 building now under construction on the east campus.

    “I’m confident that this new facility will lead to discoveries that will bring significant benefits to our country,” said Chagger, the Waterloo MP who serves as both Government House Leader and the Minister of Small Business and Tourism.

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