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Officials from South Korea and the University of Waterloo gathered today to formally launch what they hope will become a long-term research collaboration focused on modernizing manufacturing through the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

During a visit to Waterloo Region on Friday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford came to campus to see Professor Michael Worswick’s Waterloo Forming and Crash Lab and experience first-hand one of the largest academic laboratories for such research.

Worswick is co-Principal Investigator for the $35-million Ontario Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (OAMC), a joint initiative involving the University of Waterloo, McMaster University and Western University.

The Ontario Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (AMC), a joint partnership between McMaster University, University of Waterloo, and Western University, is helping to accelerate industry adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies, which will create jobs and strengthen the province’s reputation as a leading manufacturing region.

Since AMC was launched in April 2017, nearly 100 companies have benefited from the advanced manufacturing experts and state-of-the-art facilities at Waterloo. 

With the help of seven University of Waterloo co-op students, Canada’s first Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition (SALD) system is up and running. At the celebratory ribbon cutting on May 10, 2018, project leader Professor Kevin Musselman said he couldn’t have done it without the co-op students who helped design and build the machine.

“I was sitting at my desk the whole time. I don't think I ever lifted a finger so it was entirely built by the students,” laughs Musselman.

The University of Waterloo will be a key partner with leading Canadian companies and sectors chosen to help grow our country’s global competitiveness through significant investments in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced manufacturing.

As part of the Government of Canada’s $950 million Innovation Supercluster Initiative, Waterloo will take a leading research role in two of the five winning bids announced today. The effort will see researchers and innovators from Waterloo become key contributors in industry-led consortia.

Mihaela Vlasea might have headed off to medical school after earning her Bachelor of Applied Science in mechatronics engineering degree at the University of Waterloo.

Instead, she chose to stay to push three-dimensional (3D) printing into new territory: Bone replacements that have the porosity and function of the real thing.

For thousands of Canadians facing surgery to deal with the pain of faulty joints, this holds the possibility of improved, lasting remedies.

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.

University of Waterloo researchers are keeping their eyes on the prize as they work to advance industrial adoption of metal 3D printing.

Reactions are remarkably predictable when I show visitors a small metal object we recently designed and printed in 15 hours and for about $350 in our newly expanded additive manufacturing (AM) lab at the University of Waterloo.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo are joining a major effort to help make Canadian manufacturers more competitive through the use of computer modelling.

Led by Kaan Erkorkmaz, a professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering, the Waterloo team is in line for $1.3 million in funding over five years to tackle complex issues in advanced manufacturing.

A state-of-the-art automotive research and testing facility that was five years in the making officially opened at the University of Waterloo today with a twist on the old ship-christening tradition.

Instead of a hull, dignitaries marked the launch of the Green and Intelligent Automotive (GAIA) Research Facility by smashing bottles on a ceremonial tire.

“GAIA is the first of its kind in Canada,” Pearl Sullivan, Dean of Waterloo Engineering, told about 50 guests. “This is world-class. We now can compete head-on as an international player.”