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 



Advanced Manufacturing & 3D Printing Lab

EOS Formiga P 110 3D Printer

Selective 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 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 (AFM)

Atomic force microscopy


Malvern Mastersizer 3000

Particle analysis


Thermogravimetric Analyzers Q500

Material testing


Differential Scanning Calorimeter Q200

Material testing


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

  • OES Technologies 
  • Diagnostics Biochem Canada
  • Liberty Linehaul
  • Maglin
  • Metsen
  • Volta
  • PipeSak
  • Vital Industrial Solutions