Bluewater Technology Access Centre (BTAC)

Lambton College

BTAC is a One-Stop-Innovation Hub that supports the manufacturing and fabrication industry, businesses and organizations with access to expertise – students, faculty and infrastructure at Lambton College. Emphasis is on product and process development and/or improvement. These collaborative projects between companies and Lambton College create an enriching student learning experience, train highly qualified personnel and support innovation within organizations.  

Advanced manufacturing

Areas of Innovation Expertise

  • Additive manufacturing (laser sintering and fused deposition modeling) including printing prototypes and end use parts
  • Precision metrology (including reverse engineering, inspection, and alignment) with portable metrology equipment
  • Manufacturing process design and improvement
  • Advanced materials engineering
  • Process design, control and optimization
  • Fire exposure and heat testing (largest site in Canada)

  Point of Contact:

 Name: Rick Williston, Project Manager/Engineer

 Phone: +1-226-778-0045



 Address: 1086 Modeland Rd. Building 1010, Sarnia, ON N7S 6L2

 Services offered in: English

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Bluewater Technology Access Centre (BTAC) The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park Building 1010 1086 Modeland Rd. Sarnia, Ontario N7S 6L2   Offerings: Technical and Business Services Business Mentorship referrals Concept ideation & design review Consumer focus groups Design services Fabrication, Prototyping and Installation Services Facilitation service (introduction) Ingredient selection and recommendations IP Protection facilitation Market analysis Marketing Advisory Services referrals Performance Monitoring and Management Problem solving Proof of concept Technology & workflow consultation Commercialization referrals Competitive assessments Components/parts fabrication Field trials/simulation Literature reviews Product testing Project management Prototyping Rapid prototyping / 3D printing Sample analysis & testing Scientific and technological monitoring Technology development Technology evaluation / validation Testing Services   Applied Research and Development 3D design & rapid prototyping Coaching Composite manufacturing Concept validation Design of Experiment Laboratory/pilot scale prototyping Pre-commercialization Product design & development Product re-design & Improvement Reverse engineering Robotics and automation and imaging Technology transfer 3D Printing services 3D Scanning Human Factors Studies Industrial scale prototyping Manufacturing process design and development Measurement inspection and alignment Optimization Performance monitoring and analysis Provincial and federal grant proposal development Report preparation on R&D results Technology validation   Training Corporate on-site & in-house training Interactive workshop sessions Needs assessment and gap analysis Skills assessment/Competency evaluation Train the trainer Connections to co-op placement opportunities Curriculum development Design, development, and delivery of customized training Qualitative & quantitative research   Technology Diffusion Customized technology demonstrations Field site product demonstration Networking events Open houses – Testing facility & personnel Participation at trade shows & other venues with or on behalf of partners Industry-specific events & symposia Presentation of results at conferences Publishing in Peer Reviewed Literature Rental of space & equipment Seminars and Workshops   Inventory of Specialized Equipment

  • Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Equipment
    • EOS Formiga P110 SLS 3D Printer (selective laser sintering)
    • Stratasys uPrint SE Plus 3D Printer (fused deposition modeling)
    • UP 3D printer (fused deposition modeling)
  • Portable Metrology Equipment
    • FARO Edge, 9 ft (2.7m), 7 Axis
    • FARO Laser Line Probe HD
    • FARO Vantage Laser Tracker
  • Advanced Material Processing Equipment
    • Leistritz Twin Screw Extruder, pilot scale
    • Xplore Micro Compounder
    • Kawaguchi KM 50 injection molder
    • PHI press
  • Advanced Material Testing Lab
    • Scanning Electron Microscopy; Atomic Force Microscopy
    • Thermal Analysis Units
    • Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy
    • Advanced Goniometer/Tensiometer
    • Dynamic Mechanical Analysis
    • Fourier Transform Infrafred Spectroscopy
    • Particle Size Analyzer;
    • Qualitest Test Sample Clicker Press
    • Tinius Olsen Testing Machine
    • CSI IZOD Impact Tester; Gardner Impact Tester
    • Maple Instruments Rheological Dynamic Analyzer
  • Fire Ground – training and research facility: fire tower (residential prop), industrial props (mainly oil and gas sector), burn cells, emergency management scenarios, hazardous materials scenarios
  • Bio Analytical laboratory infrastructure
  • Water Centre laboratory infrastructure
  • Control, Instrumentation, Automation laboratory infrastructure
  • Electrochemical and Nano Material lab infrastructure