Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre

Niagara College

Niagara College’s Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre team specializes in engineering design, 3D laser scanning technologies, lean manufacturing processes and additive manufacturing. We work with Southern Ontario businesses to bring ideas to life, from concept through to developing working prototypes, utilizing leading-edge technology, including equipment and software.

Advanced manufacturing

Areas of Innovation Expertise

  • Automation
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Process Improvement
  • Product design and development
  • Product re-design and improvement
  • Canada’s only material beta testing facility for Stratasys


Point of Contact:

Jim Lambert, C.E.T.

Centre Manager

Phone: (905) 735-2211 x. 7177

Email: jlambert@niagaracollege.ca



Mailing address:

Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre
Niagara College Welland Campus
100 Niagara College Boulevard
Welland, ON
L3C 7L3


Technical and Business Services

Business development & market research services

Competitive market analysis

Concept ideation & design review

Design Services

Fabrication, Prototyping and Installation Services

Non-destructive inspection (NDI)

Performance Monitoring and Management

Printability testing and analysis

Product testing

Proof of concept

Rapid Prototyping/3D printing

Technology & workflow consultation

Testing Services

3D Laser Scanning

Commercialization referrals

Components/parts fabrication

FDM Materials testing

Field trials/Simulation

Ingredient selection and recommendations

Market analysis

Problem solving

Project management

Technology development

Technology evaluation / validation


Applied Research and Development


Concept validation

Cost avoidance

Design of Experiment

Industrial scale prototyping

Laboratory/pilot scale prototyping

Non-destructive inspection

Product Design & Development

Product Re-design & Improvement

Reverse Engineering

Technology validation and transfer

3D Scanning

3D design & rapid Prototyping


Composite part manufacturing

Composite tooling design and manufacturing

Human Factors Studies

Manufacturing process design and development

Measurement inspection and alignment

Pre-commercialization 3D Printing services

Process optimization

Provincial and federal grant proposal development



Corporate on-site & in-house training

Needs assessment and gap analysis

Interactive Workshop Sessions

Skills assessment/Competency evaluation

Training planning

Connections to co-op placement opportunities

Curriculum development

Design, development, and delivery of customized training

Qualitative & quantitative research


Technology Diffusion

Customized technology demonstrations

Networking events

Open houses – Testing facility & personnel

Presentation of results at conferences

Publishing in Peer Reviewed Literature

Seminars and Workshops

Technical Service Bulletins

Evening speaker series

Field site product demonstration

Industry-specific events & symposia


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

Rental of space & equipment


Inventory of Specialized Equipment

  • Faro Edge (probe) Working volume: 9 ft ø sphere; Accuracy: ± 0.0016 in.
  • Faro Laser Line Probe (Blue LLP) Accuracy: ± 0.001 in.
  • Faro Tracker Vantage; Working volume: 525 ft ø sphere; Accuracy: 0.0006 in. @ 2 m
  • Faro Focus 3DS 120 Working Volume: 785 ft ø sphere; Ranging Error: ± 0.079 in.
  • DJI Inspire 1 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Max Image Size: 4000 x 3000; Max Video Size: UHD (4K)
  • 3D Systems Geomagic Design X: Conversion of scan data to intelligent CAD models
  • 3D Systems Geomagic Control X: 3D GD&T inspection software used to compare as-is to nominal
  • Faro CAM2 Measure 10: All-purpose inspection software
  • InnovMetric Polyworks: Very versatile 3D GD&T inspection tool
  • BuildIT: Very versatile 3D GD&T inspection tool
  • EdgeWise: Advanced feature recognition from pointcloud data for BIM applications
  • Autodesk ReCap 360: Conversion of photographs to point-clouds (photogrammetry), basic stitching of point cloud data
  • Fortus 400mc Build Dimensions: 16 x 14 x 16 in.
  • Fortus 900mc Build Dimensions: 36 x 24 x 36 in.
  • Connex 1 Objet 260 255 x 252 x 200 mm
  • Insight/Control Centre: tool path creation/optimization, and printer management for Fortus machines;
  • Objet Studio (3D print optimization / management for Connex machines
  • Autodesk Inventor
  • Autodesk Fusion
  • Autodesk Factory Design Suite
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Autodesk CFD
  • PTC Mathcad
  • SimCAD Pro
  • Timer Pro