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Advanced Manufacturing


The future of manufacturing is in higher levels of intelligent automation enabled by a systems-based approach.

McMaster’s research within the manufacturing sector is diverse, spanning high-performance manufacturing processes to additive manufacturing, and Industry 4.0 technologies targeting emerging opportunities in electrified and autonomous vehicles and biomedical devices. It’s this combination of reputation, experience, and scientific discovery that appeals to industry. We have a long tradition of working with industry in the manufacturing sector, dating back to the 1970s.

Our manufacturing research draws together advancements in materials science, traditional manufacturing processes, emerging additive / hybrid technologies and industry internet of things ‑ big data ‑ artificial intelligence to realize practical solutions for industry.

McMaster is labouring hard to dismantle the very idea of the ivory tower. We still revere the value of pure scientific research, but believe strongly that real progress is only made when disparate voices and perspectives gather to work together.

“Research is important for its scientific content, but also for its translational content, which helps our economy and grows the well-being of our society,” says Ishwar K. Puri, McMaster's Dean of Engineering. “It’s very important for universities to work with their local business communities and Canadian industry. We also need to work with other universities and with the government. If we’re going to build prosperity, it has to be a project that includes many players. Collaboration must be our core value.”

Our Mission: To provide advanced, robust and implementable solutions for manufacturers across all industry sectors.

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Advanced Manufacturing

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Dr. Gary M. Bone

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nanostructures; energy materials; battery materials; fuel cells; light-emitting diodes; plasmonics; oxides electronics; corrosion; structure of alloys

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McMaster advanced manufacturing forum highlights collaboration

May 17, 2018 /  Department News

McMaster advanced manufacturing forum highlights collaboration

More than 350 industry representatives, academics and students gathered to learn about the latest in advanced manufacturing during the sixth annual McMaster Manufacturing Forum.

Keeping Canada's Manufacturing Sector Competitive

May 11, 2018 /  Department News

Keeping Canada's Manufacturing Sector Competitive

Stephen Veldhuis, director of the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute and a mechanical engineering professor, caught the manufacturing bug early in his engineering career, machining parts at a summer job as an undergraduate.

Big Ideas: Attention to detail

May 8, 2018 /  Department News

Big Ideas: Attention to detail

Professor Gianluigi Botton’s microscopy research shows that little things mean a lot.

McMaster researchers boost business of Ontario manufacturers

February 15, 2018 /  Department News

McMaster researchers boost business of Ontario manufacturers

McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute improves productivity of Burlington automotive parts company

Transforming Technology

December 1, 2017 /  Department News

Transforming Technology

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McMaster supports high-tech steel in Hamilton and beyond

November 30, 2017 /  Department News

McMaster supports high-tech steel in Hamilton and beyond

How Hamilton, Ont., is an international centre for research into material innovation in steel production because of McMaster Engineering.

#InsidetheLab: The diverse research areas of advanced manufacturing

November 10, 2017 /  Department News

#InsidetheLab: The diverse research areas of advanced manufacturing

Students working at the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) are enhancing productivity, improving quality and increasing the lifespan of materials used in various manufacturing industries.

Shaping the Next Generation of Canadian Manufacturing Excellence

October 2, 2017 /  Department News

Shaping the Next Generation of Canadian Manufacturing Excellence

McMaster University understands the importance of connecting academia and the manufacturing industry. Learn about their collaboration.

Learning Factory at W Booth School Delivers for Edson Packaging

September 12, 2017 /  Department News

Learning Factory at W Booth School Delivers for Edson Packaging

A global leader in high performance packaging equipment has turned to the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology as a select partner in innovation.

Engineering researchers receive $1.9 million in federal funding

August 15, 2017 /  Department News

Engineering researchers receive $1.9 million in federal funding

Six McMaster researchers have been awarded more than $1.9 million combined for infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

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