McMaster U receives $458M software grant from Siemens Canada

Monday April 13, 2015
Written by MA Staff
Apr. 13, 2015 - Siemens Canada said its product lifecycle management (PLM) software grant will give students at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., the opportunity to use the same technology in its design and manufacturing research programs that businesses around the world employ to design some of today’s most sophisticated products.

The in-kind software grant, with a value of more than $458 million, includes the company’s NX software, Teamcenter portfolio, Tecnomatix portfolio, LMS solutions, the Fibersim portfolio and the Syncrofit portfolio. The software offerings represent a set of solutions for computer-aided design and manufacturing, finite element analysis, lifecycle data management, digital manufacturing, systems engineering, simulation/test, and multi-material/composites design optimization.

The announcement was made last Thursday during the McMaster Manufacturing Forum, a full-day event which brought together industry experts, research staff, faculty, students and other stakeholders for panel discussions, information sessions and an industry open house.

“This grant further strengthens our relationship with McMaster and our commitment to providing today’s engineering students with the opportunity to employ these real-world PLM software solutions in their research and academic work,” said Robert Hardt, president and CEO of Siemens Canada.

Engineering students and faculty will use the software at the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute, a 15,000-square-foot facility designed to meet the needs of manufacturers in the polymer, automotive and aerospace industries, as well as the tool, die and mould industry.

“Our students will now be able to use industry leading design, analysis and manufacturing software to solve real world problems in their design courses. This means they will have the opportunity to gain the experience and knowledge necessary to contribute immediately when they graduate and the solid background needed to support a productive lifelong career in manufacturing,” said Stephen Veldhuis, director of the McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute.

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