The NSERC CANRIMT NETWORK, led by Dr. Yusuf Altintas of the University of British Columbia, is comprised of 18 researchers from 6 Canadian universities working in collaboration with 8 industry partners and 2 government laboratories.

The Network is funded by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) with a budget of $5 million over 5 years (2010-2015) with additional contributions from industry and partner universities totaling $230,000 per year.

The interaction between the Canadian machining industry, key national laboratories and NSERC CANRIMT members will play an important role in the exchange of complementary research data and expertise.


Theme I: Material Behaviour Modeling and Analysis

Theme II: Machine Tool Modeling and Analysis

Theme III: Process Planning & Validation

Theme IV: Reconfigurable Modular Machine Tools (RmMT)–Synthesis, Analysis & Element Modularity

Theme V: Virtual Machining Technology (VMT) Integration

Thin-Wall Machining (UBC) Ultra Precision Single Point Diamond-Turned Mirror (Dr. Stephen Veldhuis-McMaster University) Cross-sectioned portion of an engine block
(Dr. Ahmet Alpas-University of Windsor) MACHpro - UBC’s Virtual Machining Process Simulation and Optimization Platform Prediction of micro-milling forces from material’s flow stress - dynamometer compensated with a Kalman filter (UBC MAL) Micro-Machining Instruments (UBC MAL) Metrology and motion control instruments (UBC MAL) Prediction of milling forces from tool geometry and orthogonal cutting material data (UBC MAL) UBC Manufacturing Automation Laboratory - Student Training Results NSERC CANRIMT PhD student using an Optical Surface Profilometer NSERC CANRIMT Postdoctoral Fellow preparing TEM samples using a Twin-Jet Polishing Unit NSERC CANRIMT PhD student using a JEOL 6300 Scanning Electron Microscope NSERC CANRIMT MASC student using a Stamping Machine



The manufacturing sector in Canada has an output of approximately $600 billion annually, with machining operations playing a major role in this activity.

Critical value-added functions are performed during machining to produce parts for the machinery, aircraft, automotive, power generation, medical, agricultural, marine and rail transportation sectors. Large amounts of capital equipment and human resources are involved in this sector within Canada.

The NSERC CANRIMT Project focuses on making this existing base of equipment and talent more productive by providing it with educated personnel empowered with science-based tools operating within a virtual framework.

Overall this will have a significant impact on productivity, cost, and quality; three indicators that dictate competitiveness in the global marketplace.