The vision of the NSERC Canadian Network for Research and Innovation in Machining Technology Network (CANRIMT) is to contribute novel and critical simulation modules to achieve a comprehensive digital factory where any machine or part is designed, assembled, controlled, and manufactured in a virtual environment. Created in 2010, CANRIMT has now achieved its Phase 1 (2010-15) objective of developing the foundations of world’s most comprehensive Virtual Machining Technology (VMT) for both machining operations. Its release to industry partners has enabled manufacturing companies, especially in the aerospace sector, to innovate, improve productivity and cut product development costs ranging from 20% to 60%. To date, CANRIMT has delivered virtual machining technology to Canadian and international industry partners; patented 2 unique hardware inventions licensed to industry; and trained 145 students. Phase 1 has successfully created a strong foundation of scientific understanding, technology development expertise, team collaborations, industry partnerships and infrastructure that will ensure Phase 2’s objectives can be achieved.

The vision for Phase 2 (2016-2021) is to create the key digital modules towards realizing the machining factory of the future, where the computer controlled machine tools can intelligently adjust their operating conditions by simultaneously processing sensor signals and communicating with simulation models in real time over the internet. The 17 member CANRIMT team integrates Canada’s leading manufacturing researchers from 7 universities in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. CANRIMT Phase 2 proposes a digital production system that integrates materials, process and product modeling, intelligent sensors for self-adjusting manufacturing machines, sustainability by reducing scrap rates and energy consumption through reduced production cycle times, and mechatronics system design for additive manufacturing. Each researcher has a complimentary expertise in the machining technology chain. The team will develop new coating material and tooling systems which can adapt to machining application; develop digital models of multi-functional machines which can be adapted to machining gears,  dies, molds, medical and aerospace parts; innovate new sensors and signal processing methods which enable the computer controlled machines to adjust themselves automatically during machining. More than 65 graduate students, 13 postdoctoral fellows, 19 undergraduate interns, and 5 research engineers are expected to receive globally-unique training through research activities conducted in an innovative, multidisciplinary, applied research environment that facilitates the cutting-edge engineering, technical, professional and personal skills required for leadership roles in the Canadian workforce.


“The goal of the Network is to enable machining of the first part correctly and cost effectively in the shortest cycle time “ Don McIntosh, Pratt & Whitney Canada

  • Leading Canadian Researchers join their expertise to create a comprehensive and integrated knowledge in manufacturing.
  • Creation of a comprehensive machining research network in Canada in partnership with leading Canadian Industry and National Research Labs, leading international research centers and companies.
  • Design of a five axis Mezo Machine concept for small part manufacturing industry in Canada.
  • Development of a unique Virtual Machining Technology for part machining simulation and optimization in industry
  • Training of  65 graduate students, 13 postdoctural fellows, 19 undergraduate interns, and 5 research engineers with a multi-disciplinary background in design, manufacturing, automation, CAD/CAM and instrumentation.


  • The objective of the research is to create most comprehensive, science based interdisciplinary machining technology.
  • CANRIMT2 brings a diverse group of Canadian researchers with complimentary expertise in machining technology.
  • Virtual Machining Platform will enable each network node to integrate its research results in a format suited for industrial partners.
  • Network will act as a one stop knowledge center for Canadian and international industry.