Advanced Manufacturing at Western University

June 2019


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, General Dynamics team on face shields

Based on an initiative, concept and design by Western, General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada is now producing approximately 500 medical face shields per day to support Canada’s fight against COVID-19. 

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South Korea deal seals materials research with Western, Fraunhofer

Western University has signed a memorandum of understanding with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) and Karlsruhe Institute…

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Alumni tapped for Governor General honours

For more than 125 years, the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in…

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Patches signals revolution in reconstructive surgery

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.

Innovative 3D-printed stethoscope saves lives

Dr. Tarek Loubani has worked as an emergency room physician in hospitals during some of their most desperate times. In…

Work pushing wave of printable electronics

Western researcher Jun Yang is looking to push the ‘paper’ envelope when it comes to printable electronics, a rapidly growing…

Lab celebrates anniversary of looking below the surface

For researchers at Surface Science Western, a surface profilometer, a dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometer and a scanning electron microscope…

Centre furthers innovation mission of the city

From the tiniest medical devices to monstrous armoured vehicles, the launch of the Canadian Centre for Product Validation (CCPV) this…

Manufacturing evolution gets boost from budget

Western will have an opportunity to lead the region’s transition from traditional to advanced manufacturing, thanks to a significant investment by the Ontario government, announced Thursday.

Researchers investigating Nipigon River Bridge failure

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has sought the expertise of Surface Science Western (SSW) and the Faculty of Engineering…

Fraunhofer Project names advisory board

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.

Western, Fraunhofer celebrate launch of lightweight composites centre

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.