UNB Research

UNB's MAMCE partners to support community innovation.

Author: UNB Research

Posted on Sep 24, 2020

Category: Innovation & Commercialization , Partnerships , Research

UNB’s Marine Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence (MAMCE) has partnered with Economic Development Greater Saint John (EDGSJ), with funding from ACOA, to help companies explore the value of 3D metal printing-based additive manufacturing. Through the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Challenge, Atlantic Canadian companies will be able to access expertise and funds to prototype innovative products, techniques and designs.

“Advanced Manufacturing is a growing area of excellence at UNB, led by the research expertise found in centres and institutes like the Off-site Construction Research Centre, the Cybersecurity Institute of Canada, the Wood Science Technology Centre, and, of course, MAMCE,” says Dr. David MaGee, UNB’s vice-president (research). “Additive manufacturing is a revolutionary and leading part of this focus, and we see tremendous opportunity for new research and development partnerships emerging from EDGSJ’s drive to support innovation in this sector.”

EDGSJ is currently leading the creation of a Saint John Innovation District, and an Additive Manufacturing and Material Innovation zone within it, to capitalize on the potential of this sector.

MAMCE is a leading-edge applied research facility for additive manufacturing in the industrial marine sector. It houses research excellence in materials and characterization, including engineering for strength, corrosion resistance, fatigue resistance, impact and temperature response, and hybrid materials, microscopy and radiography capacities, and conceptualizing the factory of the future. Together with commercialization partner CFM, MAMCE also operates a 3D printing facility in Saint John.

MAMCE will provide its expertise and printing capacities to selected companies, who will receive funding to cover 75% of their project costs, up to $25,000. The initiative will support companies in exploring the potential of these new technologies, while also providing opportunities for companies, students, and researchers to engage with one another and participate in joint applied research projects.

Students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will have opportunities to develop skills in 3D metal printing and in advanced manufacturing, further stimulating the growth of this sector in New Brunswick.

Find more information about this initiative on MAMCE’s website, or on the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Challenge website.