Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

University of Windsor Will Offer First-of-its-kind “iDesign Studio” and “iFactory”

The University of Windsor received more funding today for their innovative new facility.

The school was recently awarded $398,811 from The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to assist with the development of an Innovation Design Studio and Transformable Manufacturing System.

“The investments being announced today at The University of Windsor will further enhance our country’s reputation as a destination of choice for outstanding researchers,” said Dr. Gilles G. Patry, President and CEO of the CFI. “They will make our universities even more competitive when it comes to attracting the best and brightest researchers from around the world.”

The doors to the new facility will open in 2012, and will be North America’s first “iDesign Studio” and “iFactory.” The new building will house state-of-the art equipment where staff and students will develop their product ideas from conceptualization to prototyping and designing virtual assembly systems, and build their product in a real-world, truly reconfigurable factory in the laboratory.

The funding is part of the CFI’s Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF), which will support the work of 339 leading researchers and 245 projects at 48 Canadian research institutions. For a complete list of other programs sponsored by the CFI, you can visit their website.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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