Technology Access Centre for Aerospace & Manufacturing (TACAM)

Red River College

TACAM supports Manitoba’s aerospace and manufacturing sectors by providing enhanced access to RRC’s technological assets, specialized facilities and equipment, and subject matter expertise. Industry benefits through training, knowledge and technology transfer, technical services, and applied research engagements.

Advanced Manufacturing

Areas of Innovation Expertise

  • Advanced materials processing (Metals and Composites)
  • Laser and advanced arc welding
  • Robotics and automation
  • Imaging (including high-speed imaging)
  • Non-destructive investigation
  • Physical and computer-based simulations


Point of Contact:

Dele Ola

Manager, TAC for Aerospace and Manufacturing

Phone: (204) 631-3430



Mailing address:

Technology Access Centre for Aerospace & Manufacturing (TACAM)
Red River College
B100 – 2055 Notre Dame Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3H 0J9


Technical and Business Services

Advanced welding support for product development

Assistance with building products approvals and commercialization

Design Services

Non-destructive inspection (NDI)

Performance Monitoring and Management

Printability testing and analysis

Problem solving

Product testing

Scientific report writing

Technology & workflow consultation

Technology evaluation / validation

Components/parts fabrication

Concept ideation & design review

Customized machining (including laser machining)

Fabrication, Prototyping and Installation Services

Facilitation service (introduction)

Field trials/Simulation

Proof of concept

Rapid prototyping / 3D printing

Scientific and technological monitoring

Technology development

Testing Services


Applied Research and Development

3D design & rapid Prototyping

Advanced welding (including laser and arc processes)


Composite part manufacturing

Concept validation

Design of Experiment

Laboratory/pilot scale prototyping

Non-destructive inspection

Pre-commercialization 3D Printing services

Process optimization

Product Design & Development

Product Re-design & Improvement

Sensory research facilities

3D Scanning

Composite manufacturing

Composite tooling design and manufacturing

Industrial scale prototyping

Manufacturing process design and development

Measurement inspection and alignment

Performance monitoring and analysis

Provincial and federal grant proposal development

Report preparation on R&D results

Reverse Engineering

Robotics and automation and imaging

Technology validation and transfer



Corporate on-site & in-house training

Design, development, and delivery of customized training

Interactive Workshop Sessions

Needs assessment and gap analysis

Connections to co-op placement opportunities

Curriculum development

Training planning

Train the trainer


Technology Diffusion

Customized technology demonstrations

Networking events

Open houses – Testing facility & personnel

Presentation of results at conferences

Publishing in Peer Reviewed Literature

Field site product demonstration

Industry-specific events & symposia

Participation at trade shows & other venues with or on behalf of partners

Rental of space & equipment

Seminars and Workshops


Inventory of Specialized Equipment

Model Factory Machine Shop:

  • 3D Printing: Stratus (2) and Stratus Fortus
  • Manual Machining: Lathes, Milling Machines, Surface Grinders, Cylindrical Grinders
  • Heat Treatment: Gas High Heat Furnace, Gas Tempering Furnace
  • Inspection: Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM): Mitutoyo CMM & Profile Projector, Brown & Share CMM Optical comparator
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC): TL Lathes, SL20 Bar Feeder, SL20 APL, SL20, SL10
  • Haas Vertical CNC Mill: Mini Mill, vf1, vf2, Horizontal

Composites Model Factory:

  • Contamination Controlled Area Shop
  • AGFM CNC Cloth Cutter
  • CNC 5-axis router
  • Ovens (curing composite parts)
  • Heated Platen Press
  • Environmental Booth
  • Paint Booth for all paint applications
  • Non-destructive Inspection: Ultrasonic, Liquid Penetrant Inspection (LPI), Magnetic Penetrant Inspection (MPI), and Laser Ultrasonic Testing (LaserUT)
  • Optical Layup Template Projector (OLT)
  • Metal/Engine specific: Sheet Metal Shop, Gas Turbine Repair & Overhaul Shop, Avionics Shop, large aircraft hangar, stores, etc.

Centre for Aerospace Technology & Training

  • Advanced Robotic CMT Welder
  • Lasers: Manual Nd: YAG Laser, Robotic CO2 Laser, Laser-MIG Hybrid Welder, Diode Laser, Plastic Laser Welding System
  • Micro TIG welder
  • Industrial Robots
  • Digital X-ray Tomography
  • Fortus 3D Printer
  • Chemical Vapour Deposition / Flouride ion Cleaning
  • Metallurgy Lab

Centre for Non-Destructive Inspection

  • 5-Axis Gantry LaserUT NDI System

Industrial Automation & Robotic Facilities:

  • Automation lab (FMS 200 System)
  • Robotics Lab
  • Robotics Lab: Dedicated Motoman Training Robots , Fanuc; Robot Cell in a Box, Dual Arm Motoman Robot
  • MIG Robotic Welding Training Cell
  • Research Robots : Baxter, Eddie – Robot Platform
  • Vision systems
  • High Speed Imaging Systems
  • Particle Image Velocimetry