Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (WAMIC)

Niagara College, Welland, Ontario
What the facility does

Specializes in 3D engineering design, laser technologies, additive manufacturing, and lean productivity improvement, from concept to developing working prototypes.

Areas of expertise

Niagara College’s Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre team specializes in engineering design, 3D laser scanning technologies, lean manufacturing processes and additive manufacturing. We work with Southern Ontario businesses to bring ideas to life, from concept through to developing working prototypes, and utilizing leading-edge technology, including equipment and software.

Research services
  • Business development and market research services
  • Competitive market analysis
  • Concept ideation and design review
  • Design services
  • Fabrication, prototyping and installation services
  • Non-destructive inspection (NDI)
  • Performance monitoring and management
  • 3D printing
  • Product testing
  • Proof of concept
  • Rapid prototyping/3D printing
  • Technology and workflow consultation
  • Testing services
  • 3D laser scanning
  • Commercialization referrals
  • Components/parts fabrication
  • FDM materials testing
  • Field trials/simulation
  • Ingredient selection and recommendations
  • Market analysis
  • Problem solving
  • Project management
Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Automotive
  • Construction (including building, civil engineering, specialty trades)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Mining, minerals and metals



FARO Edge (probe)

Working volume: 9 ft ø sphere; Accuracy: ± 0.0016 in.

FARO Laser Line Probe (Blue LLP)

Accuracy: ± 0.001 in.

FARO Tracker Vantage

Working volume: 525 ft ø sphere; Accuracy: 0.0006 in. @ 2 m

FARO Focus 3DS 120

Working Volume: 785 ft ø sphere; Ranging Error: ± 0.079 in.

DJI Inspire 1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) 

Max Image Size: 4000 x 3000; Max Video Size: UHD (4K)

3D Systems' Geomagic Design X

Conversion of scan data to intelligent CAD models

3D Systems' Geomagic Control X

3D Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) inspection software used to compare as-is to nominal

FARO CAM2 Measure 10

All-purpose inspection software

InnovMetric PolyWorks ® 

Very versatile 3D Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) inspection tool


Very versatile 3D Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) inspection tool


Advanced feature recognition from point cloud data for BIM applications

Autodesk ReCap 360

Conversion of photographs to point clouds (photogrammetry); Basic stitching of point cloud data

Fortus 400mc

Build Dimensions: 16 x 14 x 16 in.

Fortus 900mc

Build Dimensions: 36 x 24 x 36 in.

Connex 1 Objet 260

255 x 252 x 200 mm

Insight/Control Centre

Tool path creation/optimization, and printer management for Fortus machines;

Autodesk Inventor


Autodesk Fusion


Autodesk Factory Design Suite