Research Overview

Goal: The overall goal of the NSERC HI-AM Network is to provide realistic, transferable solutions for the foremost challenges preventing industry from converting their conventional manufacturing methods into metal AM processes. Attaining this goal through HI-AM’s research activities will:

  • Secure Canadian leadership in the AM sector.

  • Develop, optimize, and implement new feedstock materials, AM process models and simulations, monitoring sensors and closed-loop control systems, and novel AM processes/products.

  • Forge lasting relationships among academic institutions, public and private industrial organizations, local and federal governments, and international collaborators.

HI-AM researchers and their partners are addressing challenges such as quality flaws of additively manufactured parts, process repeatability/reliability, high cost, low efficiency, and scalability for the following standard metal AM processes:

  • Directed energy deposition

  • Powder-bed fusion

  • Binder-jetting



The research program proposed by HI-AM addresses these challenges in 39 subprojects under 14 projects, and within 4 themes with objectives directly relevant to the research needs of our partner organizations and the research scopes proposed by NSERC in its strategic target areas. These integrative, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary research themes include:




1. Material Development Tailored with Optimum Process Parameters

Prof. Paul Bishop

4 Co-op, 6 MASc, 15 PhD, 4 PDF

2. Advanced Process Modeling and Coupled Component/Process Design

Prof. Steve Cockcroft

2 Co-op, 4 MASc, 6 PhD, 2 PDF

3. In-Line Monitoring/Metrology and Intelligent Process Control Strategies

Prof. Ehsan Toyserkani

4 Co-op, 4 MASc, 8 PhD

4. Innovative AM Processes and AM-made Products

Prof. Mathieu Brochu

6 Co-op, 1 MASc, 9 PhD, 2 PDF

HI-AM will embrace an adaptive management approach, wherein knowledge from each theme will be incorporated within all other themes, in order to achieve the Network goals. The Network will receive cash and in-kind contributions from our partners, indicative of their strong interest in the results that will be generated in Network projects.