Canadian industry needs rapid development, prototyping, testing, and deployment of machining strategies to stay competitive on the global market. As such, the product development and manufacturing chain must be modeled in a digital environment using a science-based approach where the complete design and production chain of activities can be simulated and optimized before resorting to costly and time-consuming physical trials on the shop floor.While engineering analysis of design scenarios has been widely developed and used in industry in the form of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) analysis tools, the modeling of machining processes has been carried out thus far as isolated projects by individual academics. Industry needs integrated machining operation modeling and simulation in a virtual environment in order to design and optimize the complete manufacturing cycle.

The goal of the proposed Network is to develop the world’s most advanced virtual machining technology (VMT) for both macro- and micro-machining operations. This VMT will comprise a complete set of modeling and analysis tools to plan optimal machining operations in virtual environments. It will enable economically manufactured innovative products without resorting to costly physical trials. The Network will test the simulation models on industrial machines and a new five-axis meso-milling machine to be developed for the medical and electronics manufacturing industries. About seventy new engineers will graduate from our labs over the next five years thanks to Network funding and will complete internships at our industrial partners’ manufacturing facilities. They will facilitate the transfer of our results to the Canadian aerospace, automotive, power generation, die-mold, and automation industries in an efficient manner. The knowledge and expertise resulting from the Network will have significant economic, social, and environmental impacts on the machining practices of Canadian manufacturing industry.


“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 and machine design research network in Canada in partnership with leading Canadian Industry and National Research Labs.
  • Development of a material data base to identify optimal tool and cutting process design in industry.
  • 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 39 Ph.D.’s, 18 Master’s, 11 Postdoctoral Fellows and 4 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
  • CANRIMT brings 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.
  • Each student will be co-advised by network members and international partners. The students will gain a comprehensive multi-disciplinary training in manufacturing.
  • Network will act as a one stop knowledge center for Canadian and international industry
  • Networked expertise of Canadian machining researchers will be able to leave stronger impact in internationally.