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New mechatronics capabilities for Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, with support from Research and Development Corporation Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC) and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), has added a Mechatronics Development and Prototyping Facility. Capabilities in the facility include the ability to build plastic prototypes using 3D printers, assemble printed circuit boards, complete material analysis using a scanning electron microscope, coat electronics using a low pressure molding machine, rework printed circuit boards and reverse engineer parts with a co-ordinate measuring equipment.

Industrial Outreach Group (IOG)
The IOG provides support to local industry, groups and individuals with problems that could be solved through accessing the expertise and equipment available in the Faculty. Much of the capacity and knowledge in Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is unique to the province and, in many cases, to Atlantic Canada. The Faculty wants to share this expertise with the community and local industry to help advance the economic and cultural wealth of the province.

How To Access Industrial Outreach
Often clients who come through the IOG range from those who have a preliminary understanding of an issue that requires engineering support to those who have a well understood problem with a planned solution that requires access to unique technical infrastructure. The expert team at IOG will become involved in challenging problems where private industry does not already have the expertise required. Clients interested in utilizing the IOG should contact Andy Fisher at adfisher@mun.ca.

What is Available through Industrial Outreach
The IOG provides knowledge, equipment and capabilities required to solve engineering problems. The list below is a small subset of the overall capabilities:

  • Materials engineering: Identifying materials and analyzing failure methods for various pieces of equipment and materials. This can also include materials selection in the case of a design application.
  • Design: Development of product prototypes from the concept stage through to initial prototyping.
  • Prototyping: The facility has unique capabilities in the areas of machining and prototype development. Two modern rapid prototyping machines are available with a variety of materials options.
  • Reverse engineering: To get the dimensions of an existing part, the co-ordinate measurement machine is capable of analyzing and then developing the 3D model of a part.
  • Mechatronics: The field of mechatronics represents the intersection of mechanical, electrical and software engineering. Industrial outreach is capable of developing and implementing the designs of mechanical and electrical assemblies.

For further information on Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science’s Industrial Outreach Group, please contact Andy Fisher at adfisher@mun.ca or by calling (709) 864-6172.

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