Sudbury drill firm utilizes North Bay industrial design lab
Canadore College’s innovation centre teamed up with a Sudbury space mining company and a mining supplier on a leading edge drill to be used in deep space exploration.
The staff at the North Bay college’s Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (ICAMP) has been working with Deltion Innovations and Atlas Copco for nearly eight months to produce prototype tool ends for Deltion’s space mining multi-purpose tool, called PROMPT (Percussive and Rotary Multi-Purpose Tool).
Atlas and Deltion brought the PROMPT concept and tool designs to Canadore’s industrial design lab at its Commerce Court campus for manufacturing and production. According to a college news release, the centre utilized its “additive manufacturing resources,” including its 3D metal printer and computer numerical control equipment, to prototype the commissioned parts.
The finalized products were recently delivered to Deltion, who will be testing the multi-purpose tool for future deep space applications such as on the moon, Mars and asteroids.
“For obvious reasons, this project was a dream to work on,” said Evan Butler-Jones, ICAMP’s applied research lead in an April 26 release.
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