Lambton Manufacturing Innovation Centre (LMIC)

Lambton College, Sarnia, Ontario
What the facility does

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

Areas of expertise

The Lambton Manufacturing Innovation Centre (LMIC) is Lambton College's frontline for industry innovation under the Research & Innovation department’s umbrella. LMIC 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, LMIC supports SMEs to advance products, processes, technologies and services for commercialization. LMIC’s expertise includes advanced manufacturing and 3D printing. The Advanced Manufacturing & 3D Printing Lab houses LMIC’s design and fabrication space for rapid prototyping, integrated systems engineering, and industry-focused research and development activities. Services include: design process improvement, product development, project testing, proof of concept, scale-up, technology, and commercialization services.

LMIC 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, Lambton Water Centre and Information Technology & Communication Research 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
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Healthcare 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)
  • Transportation
  • Utilities
Specialized lab Equipment Function
Advanced Manufacturing & 3D Printing LabEOS Formiga P 110 3D PrinterSelective laser sintering (SLS); 3D printing

3D Platform 400 Series Workbench Large Scale 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 LabLeistritz Twin Screw ExtruderPilot scale; polymer extrusion
 Xplore Micro CompounderPolymer formulation
 Kawaguchi KM 50 injection molderInjection molding
Advanced Material Testing LabHitachi High Technologies SU3500 Scanning Electron Microscope with EDXElectron microscopy, chemical analysis
 Asylum Research Atomic Force Microscope (AFM)Atomic force microscopy
 Malvern Mastersizer 3000Particle analysis
 Thermogravimetric Analyzers Q500Material testing
 Differential Scanning Calorimeter Q200Material testing
 TA Instruments Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer Q800Material testing
 ACQUITY Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography with UV/RI and QDa detectorMaterial testing (liquid)
 Agilent Cary 630 FTIR SpectrometerMaterial testing (organic)
 Tinius Olsen H25K-S UTM Benchtop Materials TesterMaterial testing
Bio Analytical LabThermo Scientific™ Orion™ AquaMate 8000 UV-Vis SpectrophotometerWater analysis
 BioFlo® 320 Bioprocess / Bioreactor System 5 LBiochemical synthesis
 Lambda 1050 UV/Vis/NIR SpectrophotometerMaterial testing
 GS (gas chromatograph) Systems with FID (flame ionization) and TCD (thermal conductivity) detectorsMaterial testing
Electrochemical and Nano Material LabScanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM)Material testing
 Scanning electrochemical microscopeCorrosion testing
Water Analysis LabX-Ray diffractionMaterial testing
  • OES Technologies 
  • Diagnostics Biochem Canada
  • Liberty Linehaul
  • Maglin
  • Metsen
  • Volta
  • PipeSak
  • Vital Industrial Solutions