Selkirk College’s advanced manufacturing research team supports industry to develop new products and services by designing and testing new applications of innovative technologies.
Projects and Services
Selkirk College’s advanced manufacturing research involves primarily industry-driven projects in the areas of rapid prototyping, process optimization, materials testing and 3D visualizations. Projects rely on technologies like 3D printers and scanners, CNC machines and laser cutters, and robotics equipment.
Most projects are funded through a combination of industry and grant contributions. Get in touch with the team to explore your project idea and available funding opportunities.
Research Focus Areas
Jason is recognized as a leader in advanced manufacturing research and technology in the West Kootenay region. He teaches in Selkirk College’s Digital Arts and New Media program and has successfully completed numerous projects involving companies of all sizes. He is a special advisor to the MIDAS fab lab in Trail, BC and an enthusiastic maker.
Chris worked as a mechanical designer, millwright, tool & die maker, prototype builder and engineer before taking on a research role with Selkirk College. He has expertise in a variety of additive and subtractive manufacturing technologies, as well as robotics.
Elroy is a registered professional engineer with over 25 years experience. He has specific expertise in electrical applications and power systems. He teaches in Selkirk College’s School of University Arts and Science and also operates a private consulting business.
Cory is a Red Seal certified machinist and millwright with over 20 years experience. He has specific expertise in machining, programming, prototyping, fabrication and process operations. He teaches in Selkirk College’s School of Industry and Trades Training.
Dr. Terri MacDonald
Terri is the Director of Applied Research & Innovation at Selkirk College and has a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from UBC. Terri has over 15 years of project management experience, including oversight for over $2 million in research and workforce development projects undertaken at the Applied Research & Innovation Centre annually.
Contact Jason Taylor to access this research program.
Seismic Testing of 3D Printed Hydraulic Dam Models
Winner of the 2018 Clean Energy BC Award for Operational Excellence! This partnership between Austin Engineering, UBC-Okanagan, Selkirk College and FortisBC created new knowledge related to the use of 3D modeling technologies to simulate how dams respond to earthquakes. Selkirk College advanced manufacturing researcher, Jason Taylor, provided support to the project by testing and implementing fabrication procedures that accurately replicated dam schematics and resulted in true-to-life response to seismic events. For more information on the project, click here.
Development of Engineering Grade Biodegradable Plastics
Advanced BioCarbon 3D, a Rossland-based company, is en route to producing high quality, engineering grade plastics made from wood by-products. The result will be a truly biodegradable product that could revolutionize and clean up the plastics industry through its diverse applications, while simultaneously providing the forest industry with a market for waste wood. Researchers at Selkirk College’s department of Applied Research and Innovation Department are lending a hand through materials testing and optimization of the company’s manufacturing process. This project was recently featured on 3dprintingindustry.com.