The British Columbia Institute for Technology will be receiving $1.9 million from the federal government to establish AAMTECH, a 3D printing advanced additive manufacturing prototyping hub.
3D printing creates a three-dimensional object layer-by-layer using a computer created design. However, the high cost to acquire and operate this equipment is a barrier for businesses looking to develop and commercialize new concepts.
This project will provide local small- and medium-sized enterprises with access to state-of-the-art technology and expertise that will allow them to print prototypes with a wide variety of materials including advanced composites, metals, foods and bio-manufacturing, using advanced 3D printing technology. This hub will support an estimated 60 businesses, help bring 90 products or services to market and provide training opportunities.
The contribution is through the federal government’s Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada.
“With the PacifiCan funding for the new Advanced Additive Manufacturing Technology (AAMTECH) 3D Printing Hub, BCIT continues to grow our breadth of support across multiple manufacturing sectors including metals, composites, foods, and bio-manufacturing. Businesses, organizations, and BCIT researchers and students now have a truly state-of-the-art space to build innovation in the 3D-printing arena,” said Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President, BCIT.