Enabling Canada’s aerospace, automotive and machinery manufacturing industries to design and produce

high-quality innovative products without costly physical trials.

Designing and producing high-quality innovative products is difficult because physical trials are expensive. The virtual machining team is creating a new technology platform that integrates physical machining with virtual models of complex machining operations to create intelligent digital machining systems. This enables companies to optimize manufacturing cycles, and enhance global competitiveness. The UBC team is a global leader in this domain and at UBC have created an internationally renowned research resource in British Columbia, mirrored commercially by the creation of Manufacturing Automation Laboratories Inc., which develops machining simulation software for over 200 companies around the world. The team works with a large number of Canadian and International companies, with a special focus on heavy machining, aerospace and precision machining

Team Balance


The Manufacturing Automation Laboratory (MAL) conducts research in the mechanics and dynamics of metal cutting operations, spindle design and analysis, micro-machining, virtual simulation of machining operations and CNC machine tools; design and digital control of high speed feed drives; precision machining, sensor assisted intelligent machining; and chatter stability of cutting processes. Our academic articles receive the highest citation in the world in the field of manufacturing.

MAL Inc.

Manufacturing Automation Laboratories Inc was established in 1996 and has matured become the leading developer of a suite of software products for simulated machining. These software products are used around the world by research institutes and corporations including Pratt & Whitney Canada, Gulfstream, Embraer, Boeing, BAE, Bombardier, Hitachi, Airbus, Bosch, Siemens, Hyundai, Honda, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Toshiba


The Dynamics and Applied Mechanics Lab brings the knowledge of applied mechanics and dynamics to bear upon a broad spectrum of multidisciplinary problems. Our vision is to establish an internationally competitive research group in applied mechanics and dynamics research in the context of novel materials, structures and devices, with applications in Aerospace, MEMS and Nano systems, and Biomedical industries.


Yusuf Altintas


Steve Feng


Reza Vaziri


Srikanth Phani



We design and build sophisticated machining simulation algorithms for virtual high performance machining systems

for use in the aerospace, automotive and machinery manufacturing industries.

Digital Machining

Conducting applied and fundamental research in many areas involving advanced composite materials and structures

Machine Monitoring and Control

Using virtual models, we assist the monitoring and control of machining to ensure parts are made right first time, every time.

Machining of Composite Parts

Reducing the rejection rate of composite parts due to delamination of composite layers in drilling operations

Adaptive Tooling & Processing

Developing application-specific tools, coatings and novel processes adapted for manufacturing applications

Novel Manufacturing Processes

Developing monitoring and control algorithms for additive-subtractive manufacturing processes

Virtual-Physical Integration

Integrating virtual and physical models into high performance virtual machine software platforms