Home to over a hundred courses and almost forty-thousand students, Ryerson University is the most applied-to university in Ontario, Canada. Now, the popular educational establishment has founded one of the most advanced 3D printing research facilities in Canada. In partnership together with globally famed photographer and Think2Thing co-founder Edward Burtynsky and Ryerson incubated start-up Bionik Laboratories, the university has launched The Advanced Manufacturing, Design and 3D Printing Lab. The lab aims to provide a focal point for collaborative research, training and innovation.
The Advanced Manufacturing, Design and 3D Printing Lab at Ryerson University is one of Canada’s most technologically advanced 3D printing research facilities. The lab has been developed with industry partners and support from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. Wendy Cukier, the vice-president of research and innovation at Ryerson University explained: “The lab leverages our research expertise with the design and additive manufacturing excellence of Think2Thing and Bionik’s groundbreaking work in the development and commercialisation of control systems to drive robotic medical devices with companies across sectors. We know from our partners in automotive, aerospace, biomedical, information and communication technology, consumer products and architecture that the Internet of things and 3D printing are transforming the products and the way in which we design and make them.”
Peter Bloch, the CEO of Bionik Laboratories added: “This partnership provides us with access to new design and prototyping techniques as well as state-of-the-art technology. Ryerson has played an important role in helping us develop our technology and we see a bright future in linking new control systems with rapid prototyping and customization using 3D printing.”
Think2Thing’s Edward Burtynsky, an alumnus of Ryerson’s Image Arts Program, summised: “By providing state-of-the-art 3D scanning, software, and output solutions, we will solve challenging design problems across sectors working with clients, faculty and students. Given its cross-disciplinary approach, its partnerships and its innovation ecosystem, Ryerson was the obvious partner for launching our innovation centre. The lab will create an environment to stimulate education, understanding, ideas, creativity, invention and product development by combining the knowledge and resources of Ryerson, and the expertise of T2T. We are here to respond to industry partner challenges, as well as artists, designers, academics, researchers and others with the most current state-of-the-art 3D technology, while collaborating with the best talent and expertise.”
For its 3D printing capacity the Advanced Manufacturing, Design and 3D Printing Lab houses an EOS P395 industrial grade plastic Laser Sintering system, which is one of only three in Cananda. Whilst EOS has recently superseded the high quality professional additive manufacturing system with the P396, the machine is cutting edge and represents the only of it’s kind at a university in the country.