Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing

The Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Lab focuses on next generation additive manufacturing processes. To this end, the lab explores novel techniques to develop advanced materials, innovative products, modeling and simulation tools, monitoring devices, closed-loop control systems, quality assurance algorithms and holistic in-situ and ex-situ characterization techniques.

The Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Lab focuses on next generation additive manufacturing processes. To this end, the lab explores novel techniques to develop advanced materials, innovative products, modeling and simulation tools, monitoring devices, closed-loop control systems, quality assurance algorithms and holistic in-situ and ex-situ characterization techniques.

  • The MSAM lab is one of the largest research and development additive manufacturing facilities in the world, hosted at the University of Waterloo in Canada

    Long experience, international connections, motivated students/staff, and top notch equipment have put MSAM in a unique situation to push the boundaries of AM to realize next generation AM.

    MSAM group photo

  • The MSAM lab is one of the largest research and development additive manufacturing facilities in the world, hosted at the University of Waterloo in Canada

    Long experience, international connections, motivated students/staff, and top notch equipment have put MSAM in a unique situation to push the boundaries of AM to realize next generation AM.

    View of MSAM Metal lab

  • The MSAM lab is one of the largest research and development additive manufacturing facilities in the world, hosted at the University of Waterloo in Canada

    Long experience, international connections, motivated students/staff, and top notch equipment have put MSAM in a unique situation to push the boundaries of AM to realize next generation AM.

    Lab members operating metal 3D printers

  • World-class non-destructive testing (NDT) facilities, including a Nano- Computed Tomography (CT) system, in MSAM has enabled MSAM’s researchers to effectively gain insight technological issues of AM processes.

    Lab members operating the CT scanner

  • World-class non-destructive testing (NDT) facilities, including a Nano- Computed Tomography (CT) system, in MSAM has enabled MSAM’s researchers to effectively gain insight technological issues of AM processes.

    inside the CT scanner

  • Intelligent Additive Manufacturing system for Biomedical and Industrial Applications

    Developed in-house to enable fabrication of structures with heterogeneous porosity (varying density). Able to fabricate bi-constructs including various bi-elements and living cells, insertion of porogens, and many more.

    lab member operating the in-house-built binder jetting system

  • Design of AM products and modelling and simulation of AM processes are major R&D activities in MSAM. The goal is simple: Reduce development and process optimization costs using sophisticated design and simulation platforms; mainly developed in-house.

    View of MSAM design station

  • Additive Manufacturing of anatomically-shaped scaffolds with internal heterogeneous architectures

    A Solid Freefrorm Fabrication process developed to fabricate complex scaffolds, composed of calcium polyphosphate (CPP) with internal conformal passaged and controlled porosity across the scaffolds.

    3D printed ceramic medical implant

  • MSAM’s researchers are developing new medical and industrial tools using a multi-material, multi-color 3D printer.

    lab member operating the material jetting system

Engineering 7: a new home to MSAM characterization systems

MSAM researchers celebrated the grand opening of new Engineering building, E7, along with UW engineering family on Oct 29, 2018. E7 is the new home for MSAM’s characterization devices and polymer 3D printers. Read the Globe and Mail article about E7 opening here.

Prof. Toyserkani to lead the pan-Canadian research network on additive manufacturing

Prof. Toyserkani has received $5.5 million NSERC grant for a 5-year strategic research network, holistic innovation in additive manufacturing (HI-AM). The grant was announced on Aug 10, 2018 by the Honourable Kristy Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport. Read more about this event here.

Prof. Vlasea takes part in two panel discussions in RAPID 2018

Prof. Mihaela Vlasea was among the panelists discussing the industrial adoption of AM as a disruptive technology and the future of AM at Rapid 2018 in Fort Worth, TX.

Prof. Vlasea among the panelists discussing the commercialization of Canadian research

Prof. Mihaela Vlasea talked about the future of manufacturing in Canada in a panel discussion hosted by University of Waterloo and Canada 2020. Read more about this event on https://uwaterloo.ca/stories

MSAM receives funding from CFI

MSAM will be leading a national CFI equipment grant program along with UBC, McGill and Dalhousie University to further advance additive manufacturing in Canadian Universities and Industry.

CBC News – 3D printing research lab in Waterloo receives major funding

The Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Lab at University of Waterloo recently received $27 million from the Ontario government, the university and industry partners. Read more on http://cbc.ca

Additive Manufacturing: Promise, Challenges & Opportunities

University of Waterloo researchers are keeping their eyes on the prize as they work to advance industrial adoption of metal 3D printing. Read more on http://industrytoday.com

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