Advanced Manufacturing Lab (AML)

University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
What the facility does

Provides a multipurpose and interdisciplinary environment for instructional, training, research and R&D-related machining and advanced manufacturing operations

Areas of expertise

The Advanced Manufacturing Lab (AML) provides a unique environment to support manufacturing research and education. AML works closely with industrial partners to address their needs and helps them develop custom solutions. The lab uses a step-based approach that start with small projects/tasks as a proof of concept to build trust and synergy with industrial partners, using variety of funding opportunities, resulting into long-term projects and partnerships.

AML is focused on sustainable manufacturing technologies and applications, which include machinability of difficult to cut materials, novel coolant strategies, additive manufacturing, industrial automation and quality control, hybrid processes, processes monitoring, modeling and simulation.

The AML team consist of mechanical, computer, systems and mechatronics engineering students and computer science students. AML is affiliated with Guelph University CARE-AI institute and has several projects that involve application of artificial intelligence (AI) to manufacturing. In addition to its own equipment, AML has access to several labs at the University of Guelph for materials testing and characterization. The lab is collaborating with researchers in several countries on several international projects.

Research services

Machinability, mechanical testing, industrial automation, machine/process conditions monitoring, modeling and simulation, design, machining process modelling, fixture dynamics, additive manufacturing, industrial automation, intelligent manufacturing, applications of AI in manufacturing, and CAD/CAM/CAE

Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Automotive
  • Education
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Professional and technical services (including legal services, architecture, engineering)
CNC machining centerCNC=Computer Numerical Control
CNC lathe machineCNC=Computer Numerical Control
Tool Maker’s Microscope 
Scanning Electron Microscope 
Robot Arms 
3D printers 
Kistler Dynamometer 
LMS Vibration system 
Bench top DED set upDED=Directed Energy Deposition
Machine/process monitoring measurement chain 
Benchtop injection molding machines 
Plasma cutter 
Heat treatment furnaces 
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)
  • Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS)
  • CGL Manufacturing
  • Magna-Rollstamp Manufacturing