Advanced Manufacturing at Western University
Adding innovation to industry.
Advanced manufacturing solves real problems. Our researchers are at the cutting-edge — securing bridges, making batteries last longer, using 3D printing to customize medical implants and making vehicles stronger and lighter, saving fuel. And we’re doing it here in London, Ontario at Western University.
The Fraunhofer Project Centre @ Western
The Fraunhofer Project Centre @ Western houses Canada’s only open-access, full-scale press with manufacturing capacity — including a compression moulding press with a maximum clamping force of 2,500 tonnes. It’s North America’s most advanced centre for industrial-scale testing.
The FPC at Western develops, tests, validates and characterizes new lightweight materials and advanced manufacturing processes at industrial scale. By combining Fraunhofer's latest global technologies and Western's strengths in materials engineering, the FPC at Western proactively addresses the needs of its industry partners.
Strong. Fast. Full-scale.
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Surface Science Western
Surface Science Western is Canada’s most comprehensive surface analysis laboratory. By examining wear on artificial joints, improving longevity of steel bridges and stopping nuclear waste from leeching into our environment, this work is helping companies and governments build better, safer products and communities.
The high quality, reliable analytical services provided to our clients for over 30 years have facilitated development and production, decreased costly returns, innovated processes and increased profitability.
Advancing manufacturing. Solving real-world problems.
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Western’s Bone and Joint Institute researchers are using 3D printing technology to make new medical instruments and surgical solutions not just possible, but accessible, for patients around the world. Read about these stories and more below:
Western University has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) at a special ceremony to launch Fraunhofer…
Revolutionary implants produced by a Western-based medical device company will soon change the face of reconstructive surgeries for more than just the family pet.
For researchers at Surface Science Western, a surface profilometer, a dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometer and a scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive X-ray capabilities have been all in a…
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has sought the expertise of Surface Science Western (SSW) and the Faculty of Engineering to conduct testing of the bolts from the Nipigon River…
Western announced last week the new Advisory Board for the Fraunhofer Project Centre (FPC) for Composites Research @ Western. Charter members of the advisory board include game-changing leaders from the fields of chemical and materials engineering, as well as visionary thinkers from the automotive and machinery sectors.
A full house of local, national and international leaders helped Western and Fraunhofer launch the Fraunhofer Project Centre (FPC) for Composites Research at Western at the centre’s Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) location on Monday. The launch represents an unprecedented partnership bringing together a Canadian university, a German industry and three levels of Canadian government.