11th December 2018

NRC OPENS NEW MANUFACTURING AND AUTOMOTIVE INNOVATION HUB

The NRC Manufacturing and Automotive Innovation Hub is a new open-space concept laboratory intended to be a collaborative workspace. The 75,000 square-foot hub is a one-of-a-kind research station where all levels of the automotive and manufacturing supply chain can collaborate on-site with NRC specialists and Canada’s research ecosystem. Two new labs with offices, along with dedicated NRC research, design and development staff, are available to manufacturers, integrators and equipment makers. In the digital factory, collaborators can visualize and develop advanced manufacturing processes. In the automotive lab, they can integrate and develop technologies related to connected/autonomous vehicles, vehicle light weighting and alternative propulsion/electrification. Through this facility, NRC will provide technical solutions and apply them directly to collaborators’ products and processes.

The Hub, located in London, ON, is part of the NRC’s Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Centre. Customers will work shoulder to shoulder with NRC specialists in automotive technology. Expect a broad knowledge base that includes surface engineering laser- and cutting-based microfabrication; applications for the deposition of specific coatings; and value-adding functionalities for advanced tooling and surface texturing, among many more.

The Hub offers four laboratories for flexible and confidential work as well as two vehicle bays, complete with lifts and related automotive shop capabilities.

Work cells include advanced automation, laser manufacturing and advanced machining to be used for scale-up and on-site digital factory. Capabilities include:

  • additive manufacturing of metal parts through laser powder bed fusion, laser cladding and laser powder deposition
  • micromachining, laser fabrication, laser polishing, texturing and welding
  • specialty coatings and surface functionalization

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