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

Area(s) 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)

Equipment

Function

CNC machining center

CNC=Computer Numerical Control

CNC lathe machine

CNC=Computer Numerical Control

Tool Maker’s Microscope

 

Scanning Electron Microscope

 

Robot Arms

 

3D printers

 

Kistler Dynamometer

 

LMS Vibration system

 

Bench top DED set up

DED=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