Bluewater Technology Access Centre (BTAC)

Lambton College, Sarnia, Ontario
What the facility does

Regional advanced manufacturing innovation hub with enhanced capabilities in additive printing and product/process/materials development

Area(s) of Expertise

Bluewater Technology Access Centre (BTAC) is Lambton College's frontline for industry innovation under the Applied Research & Innovation department’s umbrella. BTAC is a research and development centre that collaborates with Canadian businesses (specifically small and medium-sized enterprises – SMEs) offering specialized technical services and object analysis, applied research and development support, and training related to new types of equipment and technologies. Through contract or grant funded projects, BTAC supports SMEs to advance products, processes, technologies and services for commercialization. BTAC’s expertise includes advanced manufacturing and 3D printing. The Advanced Manufacturing & 3D Printing Lab houses BTAC’s design and fabrication space for rapid prototyping, integrated systems engineering, and industry-focused research and development activities. Services include: engineering and design process improvement, product development, project testing, proof of concept, scale up, technology, and commercialization services. BTAC has close collaboration with other research centres at the College including: Centre for Industrial Material Development, Bio-industrial Process Research Centre, Lambton Energy Research Centre and Lambton Water Centre.

Research Services

Proof of Concept, Scale-up capabilities, Concept Ideation and Design, Product Testing, Prototyping, Product Design, 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, Pilot and Demonstration Facility, Modeling, Fabrication and Installation, Ingredient Selection and Recommendations, Material Development and Testing, Market Analysis, Performance Monitoring and Management, Technology and Workflow Consultation, Competitiveness Assessments, Components/Parts Fabrication, Field Trials/ Simulations, Process Control and Automation, New Polymer/Biomaterial Formulation

Sectors of Application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Automotive
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Consumer durables
  • Education
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Health care and social services
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Management and business related services
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Professional and technical services (including legal services, architecture, engineering)
  • Utilities

Name of specialized facility 

Name of equipment in use

Description of function

Advanced Manufacturing & 3D Printing Lab

EOS Formiga P 110  3D Printer: selective laser sintering (SLS)

3D printing


Stratasys uPrint SE Plus 3D Printer: fused deposition modeling

3D printing


FARO® Edge ScanArm, FARO®ScanArm Laser Line Probe HD, FARO® Vantage laser Tracker

3D metrology

Advanced Material Processing Lab

Leistritz Twin Screw Extruder : pilot scale

Polymer extrusion


Xplore Micro Compounder

Polymer formulation


Kawaguchi KM 50 injection molder

Injection molding

Advanced Material Testing Lab

Hitachi High Technologies SU3500 Scanning Electron Microscope with EDX

Electron microscopy, chemical analysis


Asylum Research Atomic Force Microscope

Atomic force microscopy


Malvern Mastersizer 3000

Particle analysis


Thermogravimetric Analyzers Q500, Differential Scanning Calorimeter Q200, TA Instruments Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer Q800

Material testing


ACQUITY Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography with UV/RI and QDa detector

Material testing (liquid)


Agilent Cary 630 FTIR Spectrometer

Material testing (organic)


Tinius Olsen H25K-S UTM Benchtop Materials Tester

Material testing

Bio Analytical Lab

Thermo Scientific™ Orion™ AquaMate 8000 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer

Water analysis


BioFlo® 320 Bioprocess / Bioreactor System 5 L

Biochemical synthesis


Lambda 1050 UV/Vis/NIR Spectrophotometer

Material testing


GS (gas chromatograph) Systems with FID (flame ionization) and TCD (thermal conductivity) detectors

Material testing

Electrochemical and Nano Material Lab

Scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM)

Material testing


Scanning electrochemical microscope

Corrosion testing

Water Analysis Lab

X-Ray diffraction

Material testing

  • KmX Membrane Technologies Corporation 
  • BioAmber Inc. 
  • Origin Materials