Students enrolled in design and manufacturing programs at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, now have the ability to use the same technology that businesses around the world use thanks to a $458 million software grant from Siemens Canada.
The in-kind software grant, with a commercial value of more than $458 million, includes Siemens’ NX software, Teamcenter portfolio, Tecnomatix portfolio, LMS solutions, the Fibersim portfolio and the Syncrofit portfolio. These software offerings represent a comprehensive set of solutions for computer-aided design and manufacturing, finite element analysis, lifecycle data management, digital manufacturing, systems engineering, simulation/test, and multi-material/composites design optimization. Siemens is a leading global provider of PLM software and services for a wide variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, machinery, medical devices, shipbuilding and electronics.
The grant announcement was made during the McMaster Manufacturing Forum, a full-day event held at the McMaster Innovation Park, McMaster Automotive Resource Centre and a number University campus labs, which brought together industry experts, research staff, faculty, students and other stakeholders.
“Our students will now be able to use industry leading design, analysis and manufacturing software to solve real world problems in their design courses,” says Stephen Veldhuis, director of the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute. “This means they will have the opportunity to gain the experience and knowledge necessary to contribute immediately when they graduate and the solid background needed to support a productive lifelong career in manufacturing.”
Engineering students and faculty will use the sophisticated software at the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute, one of the largest institutes of its kind in Canada. The 15,000 sq ft facility is designed to meet the complex needs of leading manufacturers in the polymer, automotive and aerospace industries, as well as the tool, die and mould industry.
The software will help enable students to develop the advanced skills required by the more than 77,000 global customers who already use Siemens’ PLM software and technology solutions, including 29 of the world’s top 30 automakers and 18 of the top 20 aircraft and engine original equipment manufacturers.
“This grant further strengthens our relationship with McMaster and our commitment to providing today’s engineering students with the opportunity to employ these real-world PLM software solutions in their research and academic work. Siemens is on the leading-edge of technology globally, and we are proudly helping to empower the next generation of highly-skilled graduates,” says Robert Hardt, president and CEO of Siemens Canada Ltd.