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The Federal government is investing more than $2 million in two projects in Victoria, BC, to support the advanced manufacturing and aeropace sectors in that region.

The federal government, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, is providing $2,084,000 for two projects.

With funding of more than $1.5 million from the Government of Canada, Camosun College will create a testing integration lab to support the manufacturing sector. This new facility will provide students with hands-on experience and provide industry with access to state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. The project will also contribute to the development of a Career Hub, which will help promote student recruitment and support interaction with local employers.

“We find that integrating innovation into the educational process significantly enhances the job preparedness of our graduates, reduces on-ramping time at the workplace, and ultimately contributes to increased productivity and efficiency,” says Dr. Tom Roemer, VP, strategic development for Camosun College.

An investment of $527,000 will support the University of Victoria acquire equipment and conduct laboratory upgrades to support the design, development, commercialization and certification of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Payloads at the Centre for Aerospace Research (CfAR).

“In the three years since its inception, UVic’s Centre for Aerospace Research has become a Canadian leader in UAV research, design, integration and testing. This funding will advance the application of next-generation UAVs in a wide variety of fields, including agriculture, forest fire patrol, and search and rescue.," says Dr. David Castle, VP, research, for the University of Victoria.

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Walter acquires GWS Tool Group

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Quebec firm offers improved 3D metallic powder production process

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EMEC, Milltronics sign distribution deal

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Toyota Canada invests in STEM education

Toyota Canada Foundation has announced a $150,000 investment in STEM education for youth.

Free webinar links CAM software to multi-tasking

Topic: Mazak webinar "Process Planning for Improved Multi-Tasking Machining" 

Date & Time: February 18, 2:00 pm EST

Mazak is holding a free webinar on the role CAM software plays in process planning and optimizing of mill-turn operations. 

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Sanding discs delivers 90% more stock removal

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Flexible fiber laser cutting

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