Sustainable manufacturing is gaining ground within industry, and SLICE is helping lead the way with research, testing and prototyping for areas such as additive manufacturing, low-cost automation and biomaterial polymer development. Through facilities such as the Innovative Manufacturing Centre (IMC) Sask Polytech partners can access the latest tools, equipment and expertise to improve production methods and test new ideas.

Centres and facilities

Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Innovative Manufacturing Centre is home to two state-of-the art facilities: Biomaterials Testing and Prototyping (B-TAP) in Regina, and Research in Additive Manufacturing and Prototyping (RAMP) in Saskatoon. We have the skills and facilities to develop and test new materials from bioplastics to carbon black alternatives, and to put the latest tools for additive manufacturing (3D printing) and low-cost automation to work for industry.

Meet the team

Biomaterials Testing and Prototyping (B-TAP)

Satya PanigrahiSatya Panigrahi, PhD, P.Eng., FEC
Research Chair
Expertise: biomaterials, biocarbon, bioproduct, bioenergy, biofiber, bio packaging, polymer processing and characterization and secondary agriculture, green building materials, recycling, lean manufacturing, life cycle analysis, sustainability development, wastewater treatment, intellectual properties, technology development and commercialization

Bhabani PanigrahyBhabani Panigrahy, M.Sc., P.Eng. (India) 
Research Associate
Expertise: twin screw extruder compounding, injection molding, compression molding, food and co-extrusion technology, bio composite materials, bioplastic master batch pallet extrusion compounding 

Research in Additive Manufacturing and Prototyping (RAMP)

Leon Lipoth

Leon Lipoth, M.Eng, P.Eng, FCP
Research Chair
Expertise: engineering design and project management, embedded hardware and software systems, communications systems, additive manufacturing (industrial 3D printing), CAD, CAM, CNC, and Internet of things (IoT)

Joseph LorerJoseph Lorer, Dip. (CAD/CAM)
Research Associate
Expertise: 3D modeling and design, manufacturing, production management, mechanical design, mechatronics


Ann Quimado

Mary Ann Quimado, P.Eng (Philippines)
Research Associate
Expertise: product design and development, prototyping, and automation


Alexander HeilmannAlexander Heilmann, Dip. (CAD/CAM)
Research Associate
Expertise: CAD modelling and design, work process automation

Contact SLICE

SLICE affiliates

Tim Muench, M.Sc., P.Eng.
Program Head, Design and Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Expertise: additive manufacturing (industrial 3D printing), robotics, integrated engineering design, CNC and CAM, manufacturing computer networking, industrial internet of things (IIoT), mechatronics

Phil Ursulescu, RSE (Machinist)
Program Head, Innovative Manufacturing and Machinist programs
Expertise: Machining, manufacturing, component design, 3D printing, Metrology

Graeme Drysdale,  PhD., PEng
Instructor, Innovative Manufacturing
Expertise: Engineering mechanics, acoustics, data science, simulation modeling