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MEDIA RELEASE: Mohawk College Officially Opens Additive Manufacturing Centre: Students and Faculty Working with 43 Partners

HAMILTON (Jan. 16, 2015) – Mohawk College has officially opened Ontario’s first Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre in Canada’s manufacturing heartland.

Engineering Technology students and faculty are already working with 43 industry, education and government partners on applied research projects. Digital images are turned into three-dimensional prototypes and parts made out of titanium, aluminum, nickel, stainless steel, bronze and other metals.

The $2 million centre received $720,000 in funding from both the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund, with additional support from industry partners. Mohawk is one of only three postsecondary education institutions in Canada with the capacity to manufacture metal parts for industry.

Additive manufacturing joins digital health and smart grid technologies as Mohawk’s three areas for applied research.


“Our recently announced Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy expands the scope of our government’s targeted research priorities to include advanced manufacturing. The Canada Foundation for Innovation and our government are proud to partner with Mohawk College in developing Canadian innovations to improve our manufacturing sector, create jobs, and improve the quality of life of Canadians.” – The Hon. Ed Holder, Federal Minister of State (Science and Technology)

“Ontario is thrilled to support this partnership, which will help provide cutting-edge resources to companies and train future generations to become leaders in additive manufacturing — a field that promises to help drive advanced manufacturing, keep Ontario competitive in the global economy and create highly skilled, well-paying jobs here at home.” – The Hon. Reza Moridi, Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation

“Canada’s colleges work with the private sector in state-of-the-art research labs to create innovative products and services. These prototypes can be applied rapidly, giving Canada’s manufacturing industry a unique advantage in the highly competitive global marketplace.” - Gilles Patry, President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation

“Our Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre helps strengthen our region’s global competitiveness on two fronts. Advanced manufacturers can test and develop new and improved products while our students work with emerging technologies and go into the workforce as highly skilled, future-ready graduates.” - Mohawk College President Ron McKerlie

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For more information, contact:

Jay Robb, Director of Communications, 905.575.1212 ext. 3965, jay.robb@mohawkcollege.ca

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Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre Backgrounder

  • The Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre serves as a test lab for advanced manufacturers and a living lab for Mohawk’s Engineering Technology students.

  • Only three colleges and universities in Canada have 3D printers that can produce metal parts. Mohawk’s centre is the only one of its kind in Ontario.

  • The $2 million Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre received matching $720,000 grants from both the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Research Fund, with additional funding from industry partners and the college.

  • The centre features two advanced printers that turn digital images into three dimensional models, prototypes, tooling and production parts made out of titanium, aluminium, nickel, stainless steel, bronze and other metals. The centre also has plastic printers for creating preliminary designs.

  • Mohawk is already working with 43 advanced manufacturers and government and education partners on applied research projects that:

    • Test the feasibility of making existing products using additive manufacturing.

    • Improve the designs of existing products and reduce costs.

    • Design new products that cannot be manufacturing using conventional processes.

    • Develop and test new materials to manufacture products using additive manufacturing.

  • In addition to the Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre, Mohawk also conducts applied projects with industry, education and government partners at the Mohawk eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC) and the Applied Research Centre in Energy.

  • More than 4,500 students are enrolled in Mohawk’s Faculty of Engineering Technology program and the collaborative Bachelor of Technology degree program in partnership with McMaster University. Applied research capstone projects are incorporated into the students’ curriculum and co-op work terms.