Manufacturing Automation Laboratory

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
What the facility does

Macro and micro milling mechanics, dynamics, machine tool control.

Areas of expertise

The Manufacturing Automation Laboratory (MAL) conducts research into machine tool, machining and mechatronics engineering, including high-speed, high-performance machining of aircraft parts, dies and moulds; computer control of machines; and precision motion control and measurement.

Research services

Machine tool vibration analysis, Precision machine control and measurement

Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing and processing

Specialized lab


Manufacturing Automation Laboratory

Quaser UX 600 (5-axis milling center)


Mori Seiki NT Mill Turn


Mikrotool CNC Micro Machining Center


Mitutoyo CMM


Laser Vibrometer


Laser Interforemeter


Cutting Force Dynamometers


Surface Analyzer


CUTPRO Fourier Analyzer


CUTPRO Modal Analysis


CUTPRO Data Acquisition


CUTPRO and MACHPRO Machining Analysis/Simulation Software


Virtual CNC


dSpace Stations

Precision Mechatronics Laboratory

6 DOF Floating Magnetic Table


Air Bearing Based Spindle Testing System



Precision Mechatronics Laboratory

Control Engineering Laboratory