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Sheridan’s CAMDT announces new additive manufacturing funding

Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT) receives $2 million in Federal and Provincial Funding and Industry Support to Expand Multi-Material Additive Manufacturing Research

October 13, 2016 – The Honourable Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, was joined by Amrit Mangat, MPP for Mississauga-Brampton South at Sheridan’s Davis Campus today to announce a major investment in Sheridan’s additive manufacturing research capabilities. The contribution of $763,183 coming from the Ontario Research Fund, matches a previously-announced contribution from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. This funding, combined with over $400,000 in industry contributions, amounts to a $2 million investment in Sheridan.

“Our government recognizes the importance of investing in our innovation ecosystem,” said Minister Moridi. “We are proud to support the work of people in Mississauga and Brampton who are at the forefront of scientific discovery. Their research will pave the way for future advancements that will help Ontario compete and win in the global economy.”

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Pictured top right (from left to right): Sheridan Associate Dean Dr. Farzad Rayegani, MPP of Mississauga Brampton-South Amrit Mangat, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science Hon. Reza Moridi, Sheridan Board of Governors’ Chair Bryan Dawson, Sheridan President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Jeff Zabudsky.

The Advanced Multi-material Additive Manufacturing: Product and Process Project, under the leadership of Dr. Farzad Rayegani, Director of Sheridan’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT), will introduce equipment to CAMDT’s additive manufacturing lab that is capable of working with a much wider range of materials. The new infrastructure includes machines capable of processing metals to create lightweight parts that can be used in aerospace manufacturing, as well as polyjet materials suitable for creating biomedical devices such as surgical tools, wearable health monitoring devices, and prostheses.

“This investment offers tremendous potential for new partnership opportunities with small and medium-sized businesses, as well as for new advances in the health care sector,” said Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, Sheridan’s President and Vice Chancellor. “It will also expand the variety of research and innovation opportunities where our students – the innovators of tomorrow – can make a difference.”

“We are proud to invest in groundbreaking, world-class research right here, in Mississauga–Brampton South,” said MPP Mangat. “Our researchers are pivotal to building a knowledge-driven economy in Ontario, one that will draw investment and strengthen our province’s competitive edge. Congratulations to all of the well-deserving researchers receiving these competitive awards.”

About Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT)
CAMDT is a 40,000 sq ft ‘technology playground’ for students, manufacturers and industry partners to explore highly specialized manufacturing and design equipment. CAMDT is a learning environment for students and a testing platform for local manufacturing and industry; a facility where students, industry partners and faculty experts come together to learn, apply, collaborate and innovate. Learn more
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Grand Opening of Brampton’s MakerSpace creative Hub

Canadian Manufactures & Exporters (CME) and Canada Makes applaud the creation of the new Sheridan College CAMDT MakerSpace Creative Hub in Brampton Ontario.

The grand opening on Nov. 4 will grant community access to the tools used for additive manufacturing. The hub will include cutting edge technology like 3D modeling and printing, robotics and architectural design.

“Innovation is key to long-term success for any economy, and the creation of the Makerspace hub in Brampton gives local residents a headstart in the world of additive manufacturing,” said Martin Lavoie, CME Director of Policy. “Sheridan College is leading the way in the adoption of additive manufacturing in Ontario and CME’s Canada Makes is pleased to partner with them.”

The Brampton Library, Sheridan College CAMDT and the City of Brampton Economic Development Office worked together to establish this creative workspace where residents, students, entrepreneurs and visitors can come together and collaborate while sharing tools, resources and knowledge about additive manufacturing.

Canada Makes is a network of private, public, academic, and non-profit entities dedicated to promoting the adoption and development of additive manufacturing in Canada. The network covers a broad range of additive manufacturing technologies including 3D printing; reverse engineering 3D imaging, medical implants and replacement human tissue and much more.

Where: Brampton Library – Four Corners Branch, 65 Queen St E, Downtown Brampton

When: Tuesday, November 4 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm

Sheridan Proud to be an Inaugural Partner in Canada Makes

Original article posted at the Sheridan College website HERE

September 23, 2014 – Canadian manufacturers looking to join the 3D printing revolution are about to get some assistance with the launch of www.canadamakes.ca, a national network of excellence dedicated to the adoption and development of additive manufacturing in Canada.

“Sheridan’s Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Design Technologies (CAMDT) is one of the most sophisticated applied research labs for commercial 3D production on an academic campus in Canada,” says Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President and CEO of Sheridan. “Through Canada Makes, we’re proud to provide SMEs across Canada with access to additive and direct digital manufacturing capabilities that would not otherwise be within their reach.”

“Additive manufacturing has the potential to revolutionize manufacturing,” says Dr. Farzad Rayegani, Director of CAMDT and Associate Dean of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Sheridan. “When it’s used to create the tools needed for mass production, 3D printing can accelerate a company’s product development cycle.  It allows the molds to be built and refined quickly and cost-effectively.”

Rayegani adds that the technology is also ideally suited to industries like medical and aerospace where projects are low volume and complex.  “Manufacturers are now able to turn mass production into production-on-demand. End use parts can be highly customized.  Since they’re created as they’re needed, companies can also eliminate the significant costs associated with storing inventory.”

“The global competitiveness of the Canadian manufacturing sector depends on the broad adoption of additive technologies and on the training of the next generation of designers and engineers,” said Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters President and CEO Jayson Myers. “CAMDT has the equipment, the people and the students to help guide the manufacturing sector to the next level, which makes Sheridan a natural fit as a founding partner of Canada Makes‎.”

“If Canada wants to be a maker nation, we need to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and math,” adds Rayegani.  “The perfect way to capture their imagination and build their interest and knowledge is by offering an integrated curriculum which teaches students to conceive, design, implement and operate. Additive manufacturing is the perfect tool to accelerate this process in STEM education.”