High tech cash for Mohawk College

News Apr 17, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The cutting-edge 3D lab at Mohawk College is getting some federal funds to help local companies make better products.

London West MP and Minister of State (Science and Technology) Ed Holder and Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Westdale MP David Sweet were at the Fennell campus April 8 to announce $40 million worth of research and development grants for colleges across Canada, including $2.3 million for Mohawk.

“We know that research and development are absolutely key to Canada’s on-going competitiveness and prosperity,” Holder said.

Tony Thoma, dean of engineering and technology at Mohawk, said the money will be paid out over five years.

“It allows us to bring in our faculty to work full-time in the lab, product management technologists and all our co-op students and it gives them a chance to get hands-on experience in a lab designing and building parts for applied research,” said Thoma, who noted the lab, part of Mohawk’s Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre, makes a variety of high tech components for the aerospace, medical, dental, auto parts, bicycle parts and other industries.

The parts are made from metal alloys and plastics and are shaped using high-powered lasers.

Thoma said the lab enables manufacturers to see if they can improve how their products are made.

“So they can determine whether or not they can make their products more competitive today and give them the edge they need to make business in Canada,” he said.

Thoma noted the lab’s 3D technology enables them to produce something in a single piece that might otherwise require several parts.

“We can make it lighter, thinner, we can make the most complex parts imaginable and complexity is at no cost to us,” he said. “That’s the benefit of this.”

High tech cash for Mohawk College

3D printing lab getting $2.3 million

News Apr 17, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The cutting-edge 3D lab at Mohawk College is getting some federal funds to help local companies make better products.

London West MP and Minister of State (Science and Technology) Ed Holder and Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Westdale MP David Sweet were at the Fennell campus April 8 to announce $40 million worth of research and development grants for colleges across Canada, including $2.3 million for Mohawk.

“We know that research and development are absolutely key to Canada’s on-going competitiveness and prosperity,” Holder said.

Tony Thoma, dean of engineering and technology at Mohawk, said the money will be paid out over five years.

“It allows us to bring in our faculty to work full-time in the lab, product management technologists and all our co-op students and it gives them a chance to get hands-on experience in a lab designing and building parts for applied research,” said Thoma, who noted the lab, part of Mohawk’s Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre, makes a variety of high tech components for the aerospace, medical, dental, auto parts, bicycle parts and other industries.

The parts are made from metal alloys and plastics and are shaped using high-powered lasers.

Thoma said the lab enables manufacturers to see if they can improve how their products are made.

“So they can determine whether or not they can make their products more competitive today and give them the edge they need to make business in Canada,” he said.

Thoma noted the lab’s 3D technology enables them to produce something in a single piece that might otherwise require several parts.

“We can make it lighter, thinner, we can make the most complex parts imaginable and complexity is at no cost to us,” he said. “That’s the benefit of this.”

High tech cash for Mohawk College

3D printing lab getting $2.3 million

News Apr 17, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

The cutting-edge 3D lab at Mohawk College is getting some federal funds to help local companies make better products.

London West MP and Minister of State (Science and Technology) Ed Holder and Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Westdale MP David Sweet were at the Fennell campus April 8 to announce $40 million worth of research and development grants for colleges across Canada, including $2.3 million for Mohawk.

“We know that research and development are absolutely key to Canada’s on-going competitiveness and prosperity,” Holder said.

Tony Thoma, dean of engineering and technology at Mohawk, said the money will be paid out over five years.

“It allows us to bring in our faculty to work full-time in the lab, product management technologists and all our co-op students and it gives them a chance to get hands-on experience in a lab designing and building parts for applied research,” said Thoma, who noted the lab, part of Mohawk’s Additive Manufacturing Resource Centre, makes a variety of high tech components for the aerospace, medical, dental, auto parts, bicycle parts and other industries.

The parts are made from metal alloys and plastics and are shaped using high-powered lasers.

Thoma said the lab enables manufacturers to see if they can improve how their products are made.

“So they can determine whether or not they can make their products more competitive today and give them the edge they need to make business in Canada,” he said.

Thoma noted the lab’s 3D technology enables them to produce something in a single piece that might otherwise require several parts.

“We can make it lighter, thinner, we can make the most complex parts imaginable and complexity is at no cost to us,” he said. “That’s the benefit of this.”