The NSERC CANRIMT2 NETWORK, led by Dr. Yusuf Altintas of the University of British Columbia, is comprised of 17 researchers from 7 Canadian universities working in collaboration with 8 Canadian and 6 International industry partners.

The Network is funded by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) with a budget of $5.5 million over 5 years (2016-2021) with additional $2.56M cash contributions from industry and $780.000 from partner universities.

The interaction between the Canadian machining industry, key national laboratories and NSERC CANRIMT2 members will play an important role in the exchange of complementary research data and expertise.


Theme I: Digital Machining

Theme II: Virtual Model-Assisted Machining Monitoring and Control

Theme III: Machining of Composite Parts

Theme IV: Adaptive Tooling/Processes and Novel Manufacturing Process/Applications

Theme V: Integration of Innovative Technologies into Virtual and Physical Platforms

Le RÉSEAU CANRIMT CRSNG, dirigé par le Dr. Yusuf Altintas de l’Université de Colombie Britannique, est composé de 18 chercheurs issus de 6 universités canadiennes qui travaillent en collaboration avec 8 partenaires industriels et 2 laboratoires gouvernementaux.

Le réseau est financé par le CRSNG avec un budget de 5 millions de dollars sur 5 ans (2010-2014) avec des contributions additionnelles de l’industrie et des universités partenaires de 230 000 dollars par an.

En interaction avec l’industrie canadienne de l’usinage et les principaux laboratoires nationaux, les membres du réseau CRSNG-CANRIMT joueront un rôle important dans l’échange de données de recherche et la formation de compétences complémentaires.


Thème I : Modélisation et analyse du comportement des matériaux

Thème II: Modélisation et analyse des machines outils

Thème III: Processus de planification et de validation

Thème IV: Machines-outils modulaires reconfigurables (RmMT) – Synthèse, analyse et modularité des éléments

Thème V: Intégration de la technologie d’usinage virtuel (VMT)


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) 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

UPCOMING Conferences/Events

May 19-22, 2020       University of Waterloo

VMPT 2020 Postponed Until Further Notice


9th International Conference on Virtual Machining Process Technology (VMPT)
Implementing Industry 4.0 A conference covering research related to advanced manufacturing.

Proposed Schedule

  • May 19 (Tue): network meeting, scientific committee meeting, advisory board meeting (registration and reception)
  • May 20 (Wed): Opening ceremony, keynote(s), and paper sessions(conference banquet)
  • May 21 (Thu): Paper sessions
  • May 22 (Fri): Industry open house, demo of CANRIMT2 technologies, UW lab tours related to manufacturing and automotive engineering.

Paper Submission

Abstract: February 7, 2020
Full Paper: February 29, 2020
Final Decision: April 7, 2020

Conference Registration

Early Bird: April 7, 2020
Final Deadline: May 8, 2020

VMPT 2020 will focus on the following five themes:

  • Theme I:     Digital machining; hybrid additive/machining processes
  • Theme II:    Virtual model-assisted machining; control; monitoring and fault diagnosis; on-machine and in-process metrology; error compensation
  • Theme III:   Machining of composite parts including metal and other matrix materials
  • Theme IV:  Adaptive tooling/processes & novel manufacturing processes/applications
  • Theme V:   Virtual machining technology integration


  • CANRIMT Group Meeting – May 19, 2020
  • Advisory Board Meeting – May 19, 2020
  • Scientific Committee Meeting  – November 19, 2019


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 CANRIMT2 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

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Dr. Yusuf Altintas
Conference Chair

VMPT 2019 is sponsored by the Canadian Network for Research and Innovation in Machining Technology (CANRIMT) and is integrated with its annual general meeting. VMPT 2019 builds on previous successful VMPT conferences held in Canada and Taiwan and attended by both academia and industry. Industry requires the rapid development, prototyping, testing and deployment of machining strategies in order to reduce costs and achieve the highest quality. A key tool in achieving this goal is the modelling of product development and manufacturing in a digital environment using science-based approaches in which the complete machining process can be simulated and optimized before resorting to costly and time-consuming physical trials on the shop floor. Digital models must now be integrated into the manufacturing environment to allow an autonomous and continuously optimized production of quality certified parts.