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iDAPT Services

Instruments of Innovation

iDAPT’s cutting-edge design studio and workshops provide a unique collaborative research environment. Products such as assistive devices can be designed, prototyped, studied and tested with patients.

Researchers and students with backgrounds in engineering, industrial design, computer science, architecture and other clinical specialities work together.

The workshops are equipped with sophisticated computer-aided design (CAD) workstations, printers/plotters, exhibit and modelling space and an integrated team meeting space.

Workshop services include mechanical and electronic design, rapid prototyping, stress analysis, kinematic analysis and industrial design. These services are available for use by our academic and commercial partners as a way of testing innovative solutions quickly and efficiently before commercialization.

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Electronics and Instrumentation Development Workshop

The ability to develop and prototype high quality miniature electronic devices is integral to iDAPT’s success and a part of almost every device that is developed at iDAPT. The Electronics and Instrumentation Development Workshop is equipped with sophisticated computer-aided-design (CAD) workstations for electronics design and circuit simulation, hardware and software toolsets for the development of embedded applications employing a wide variety of microcontrollers, state-of-the-art test and measurement instruments, and rapid in-house electronics prototyping equipment. Prototyping tools include high-precision printed circuit board router, programmable convection reflow soldering chamber, semi-automated system for prototyping circuit boards with surface-mount components. The tools in this workshop allow researchers and engineers to design, prototype and test experimental solutions quickly, minimizing the time required for design revisions prior to fabrication and commercialization.

These labs are located at Toronto Rehab’s University Centre at 550 University Avenue.

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Mechanical Workshop

The Mechanical Workshop is equipped with the latest computer-controlled machine tools including an ultra-high precision five-axis mill, a live-tooling turning centre, a micron-level surface grinder, plasma and torch cutting, MIG, TIG and stick welding to create prototypes in plastic, metal, wood or composite materials. These tools are used to construct the components needed for research and for prototypes of the assistive device inventions. Manual mills and lathes allow the shop to be used as a teaching facility for research staff and students.

This workshop is located at Toronto Rehab’s University Centre at 550 University Avenue.

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Rapid Prototyping Workshop

Three-dimensional plastic prototypes are manufactured with unprecedented speed, function, sophistication, and style in this high-tech workshop. Our rapid-prototyping capabilities provide researchers with the opportunity to develop, fit and test parts and devices quickly, without the high costs of tooling and moulding or to build complicated parts that cannot be made with traditional techniques. Plastic polypropolene-like parts up to 20.5” x 20.5” x 12.5” can be made with resolutions down to 0.004 on one of the largest Stereolithography (SLA) (laser cured resin) machines in Canada. Robust functional parts are achieved with a Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) machine. Liquid ABS plastic is extruded out of a print head with resolutions down to 0.010” to build parts up to 6” x 6” x 8”. Assemblies and even gear trains may be created in-situ all in one build. Larger parts are built in sections and bonded together post process, with standard ABS adhesives.

iDAPT’s rapid prototyping capability also equips scientists with the ability to manufacture small quantities of products for immediate testing, validation or impact measurement in the living, working and learning environments.

This workshop is located at Toronto Rehab’s University Centre at 550 University Avenue.

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Research and Design Studio

Inventions are conceived and designs are conceptualized in the Research and Design Studio. Researchers and students with engineering, industrial design, computer science, clinical, architecture and other backgrounds collaborate in this workspace that emphasizes creative computer graphics and concept modelling. The studio is equipped with sophisticated computer-aided design (CAD) and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) workstations, a large format printer, exhibit and modelling areas and an integrated team meeting space.

This lab is located at Toronto Rehab’s University Centre at 550 University Avenue.

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