Using advanced simulation and experimental technologies to define manufacturing processes for composite materials. Composites are lightweight and strong and we have made critical contributions to their adoption in numerous sectors – especially aerospace.
Defining process and material technologies for AM, or 3D printing, across multiple sectors (aerospace, scientific research and health), with a niche focus on e-beam technologies.
Developing state of the art simulation technologies to support precision machining. These are the cyber-processes that enable machining to be simulated and optimized ahead of the operation on the factory floor – reducing risk, defects, costs and overall time to product.
Developing the digital models for the processing of lightweight metals for automotive, aerospace and other high technology sectors, with a particular emphasis on titanium, aluminium and high performance alloys.
Developing the discover of science to bring novel materials into mainstream production processes in a fraction of the time that it takes today.
Within Canada, we work extensively in the aerospace sector (e.g. Boeing, Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Avcorp, ASCO Aerospace), automotive (e.g. GM, Ford, Toyota, Linamar and Magna), energy (e.g. TransCanada), marine (e.g. Seaspan), clean energy systems (e.g. Mercedes Benz fuel cells, Ballard, AFCC) the Canadian primary metals sector (e.g. Rio Tinto).
Global partner, local impacts
The long-standing research partnership between UBC and Toyota to develop computer models for use in optimizing the design of low-pressure die-casting resulted in Toyota transferring its die design operations from Japan to Delta, B.C SEE MORE
Astonishing productivity gains
Titanium is a difficult metal, it breaks the tools that cut it. By developing a novel digital machining system for jet engines, within a matter of months, a productivity improvement of 30% was achieved, and over the next 6 years, machining cost had been reduced by some 70%. SEE MORE
Lightweight innovations for tomorrow
Steel is strong, but heavy. Lightweight alternatives – like magnesium – must have comparable production benefits. Forming small shapes is usually relatively straightforward, but forming the large shapes that make up vehicle body panels can be extremely challenging. UBC proved it could be done. SEE MORE