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MHC receives government funding to purchase new state-of-the-art equipment

April 24, 2014

Medicine Hat College (MHC) will receive $36,487 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as part of the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program Award. The funding will be put towards purchasing new state-of-the-art and industry relevant equipment to foster partnerships with the private sector and enhance faculty and students’ ability to participate in applied research.

Walter Garrison, manager of innovation and scholarship explained the significance in receiving the Applied Research Tools and Instruments Grant.

 “This award gives us the ability to move forward as an institution and ensures we are providing the community access to some of the most current equipment.  Some industries we see potential to collaborate with include unmanned aerial systems, engineering, architecture, health sciences, manufacturing and the arts.”

The college will use the funds to purchase new equipment including the Artec Spider, a handheld 3D scanner that is a powerful, desktop tool for designers, engineers and inventors; the FARO TrackArm which connects the college’s Laser Tracker vantage with the Faro EdgeArm to enable users to scan larger items; as well as the GigaPan EPIC Pro robotic camera mount that can capture multi-gigapixel panoramas.

“The camera mount is an incredibly stable system; equipment that in respect to the college would have considerable value for the computer aided drafting and design (CADD) students. It’s a very powerful tool,” said Garrison.

Clayton Bos, coordinator for CADD explained that he is excited in the potential value this technology provides the college.

“We have and would like to continue to integrate this technology into the CADD program. It is important that we give our students the opportunity to work with the equipment and provide them with exposure to industry - in particular as it relates to 3D modelling and printing technology.”

Bos explained that all the new tools will be complimentary to the existing technology available in the print lab and will enable users to take on more complex and larger projects.

For more information on the college’s role in research and innovation, the CADD program, or to learn more about the existing 3D technology visit www.mhc.ab.ca.