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 last 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)

Tim MuenchTim Muench, M.Sc., P.Eng.
Research Chair 
Expertise: additive manufacturing (industrial 3D printing), robotics, integrated engineering design, CNC and CAM, manufacturing computer networking, industrial internet of things (IIoT), mechatronics

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

Contact SLICE

SLICE affiliates

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