Western University continues to develop and strengthen relationships with companies within the advanced manufacturing sector locally, across Ontario and nationally. Focused on increasing competitiveness and adding value within the automotive, defence, green energy, aerospace and building products sectors, Western offers access to leading personnel and facilities at three main centres, which continue to be at the forefront of their fields: the Fraunhofer Project Centre (FPC) @ Western, Surface Science Western (SSW) and Additive Manufacturing Western (AMW).

Additive Manufacturing Western

Working closely with major manufacturers providing solutions for defective materials in parts, coatings and paints. And working with industry in medical implant devices, complex part prototyping and composite solutions for lightweighting in transportation.


  • 3D Modelling and Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • CNC Machining
  • Prototype Development Manufacturing
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Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research

The Fraunhofer Project Centre for Composites Research is a joint venture between Western University and the Fraunhofer Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) in Pfinztal, Germany. The FPC @ Western develops, tests, validates and characterizes new lightweight materials and advanced manufacturing processes at industrial scale.

By combining Fraunhofer’s latest global technologies and Western’s strengths in materials engineering, the FPC @ Western proactively addresses the needs of its industry partners.


  • Compression Moulding
  • Direct SMC/SMC
  • High Pressure Resin Transfer Moulding
  • Injection Moulding of Long-Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics
  • Long-Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics
  • Thermoplastic Tape Laying
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Surface Science Western

Since its inception in 1981, SSW has successfully served a number of high profile clients across a range of industry sectors including: energy, mineral resources, health services, automotive, aerospace, environmental, electronics and plastics. In servicing a vast range of these clients, from small manufacturing facilities to industrial giants, SSW has garnered a solid reputation for quality, innovation and timely service.

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