Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Laboratory

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
What the facility does

Research on additive manufacturing in macro- and micro-scale for a variety of applications.

Areas of expertise

The Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) Laboratory is one of the largest research and development additive manufacturing facilities in the world, hosted at the university of Waterloo. The MSAM lab focuses on next generation additive manufacturing processes. To this end, the lab explores novel techniques to develop advanced materials, innovative products, modeling and simulation tools, monitoring devices, closed-loop control systems, quality assurance algorithms and holistic in-situ and ex-situ characterization techniques.

Research services

(1) Feedstock material development and processing libraries

(2) Correlated thermo-mechanical and topology optimization models

(3) Advanced monitoring and control strategies

(4) Innovative processes, mechatronics platforms

(5) Innovative AM-made products

(6) Post-processing and hybrid manufacturing approaches

(7) Software design, path planning, optimization, and controls

(8) Process and product qualification, non-destructive testing

Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Automotive
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Manufacturing and processing
Powder-Bed Fusion | EOS M290This system equipped with Ytterbium continuous fiber laser and novel melt pool monitoring device
Powder-Bed Fusion | Renishaw AM400AM 400 is equipped with a pulsed Ytterbium laser, an improved optical control software, and revised gas flow
Powder-Bed Fusion | Arcam AB-GE AdditiveArcam A2X is specifically designed to withstand extremely high process temperatures, up to 1100° C, with a build envelope of 200x200x380 mm
Laser Directed Energy Deposition | DMD-IC160Customized robotic 2 KW disk-laser powder-fed system with environmentally controlled chamber and a working envelope of 35x35x35 cm
Material Jetting | J750 StratasysThis multi-color, multi-material system can create parts in 14-micron layer resolution, allowing up to six materials at once and over 360,000 colors
Custom Multi-nozzle jetting systemA novel 3D printer has been designed and integrated recently by MSAM, enabling the printing of viscous inks such as silicone
Aerosol Jetting | OptomecThe Optomec system allows the  use of microscale laser-assisted manufacturing process (aerosol jet printing)
Binder Jetting | M-Flex ExOneCreates functional parts with superior wear characteristics, fast print speeds, no support structures
Binder Jetting | Z310 3D SystemsDevelop innovative implants from biodegradable and biocompatible materials
Custom desktop binder jetting setupCustom desktop machine allows creation of medical, dental and other high-value components
Custom binder jetting setup with added patented featuresCustom workstation to print in powder bases layers and also inject liquid into the same build
Fused Deposition Modeling | F370 StratasysPrint everything from fast, low-cost concept models to durable assemblies
Nano-CT scanner | Zeiss Xradia 520 VersaAdds new degrees of flexibility for scientific discovery and non-destructive testing
High precision optical scannerAllows for very fast data acquisition and a high level of detail. Measurement fields from 60 mm up to 1,550 mm can be captured.
Laser-optical profilometer | KeyenceCombines a 3-in-1 system providing the convenience of an optical microscope with the analytical functions of an SEM
Particle size and shape analyzer | CAMSIZER X2Used for quality control of fine powders used in powder-based additive manufacturing processes
Powder rheometerEvaluate flowability, shear properties and many other critical powder parameters required for quality control
Density analyzerSpecifically designed to measure the true volume of solid materials, even powders and porous solids
High temperature Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) / Thermal Gravimetric Analysis (TGA) / Fourier Transform Infrared (spectroscopy) (FTIR) | NetzschCombines the simultaneous application of TGADSC up to 1600C
  • Promation
  • Rio Tinto
  • EOS
  • Siemens
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • GE Aviation
  • Optomec
  • Advanced Test and Automation
  • Smart Fabrication
  • Whitfield Welding Inc.
  • Autodesk
  • AA Laser
  • Burloak Technologies
  • Automation Alternatives
  • Renishaw
  • Safran
  • Xiris
  • Delta Elevator
  • Expanse Microtechnologies
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Sensortech Systems
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