About MSAM

The Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) Lab, part of the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo, stands as Canada’s foremost academic R&D hub dedicated to advancing additive manufacturing processes.

Within MSAM, our researchers continually explore cutting-edge techniques, pushing the boundaries of innovation in the development of advanced materials and novel products. This is accomplished using state-of-the-art modeling and simulation tools, precision monitoring devices, adaptive closed-loop control systems, quality assurance algorithms, and a comprehensive array of in-situ and ex-situ characterization techniques.

MSAM operates on the foundation of eight core research themes, strategically designed to facilitate rapid and efficient R&D, ultimately leading to the creation of customized high-performance products and processes for our industrial partners. Our mission is to not only overcome current limitations within AM but also to champion its seamless integration into industrial practices, thereby driving progress and transformation across various sectors.

Our research covers the entire development cycle of an additively-manufactured product, ranging from material characterization, improvement to an existing machine or new process development under eight research themes. We are also working closely with our industrial partners in determining the best technology and process parameters to utilize in creating their specific part using additive manufacturing.

MSAM Research Themes

MSAM Researcher Operating LPBF System
MSAM Researchers Working on Design/Topology Optimization of Functional Parts
Surface Analysis/Optimization of AM-made Parts is One of the Main Research Streams at MSAM