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Lamperd less lethal research collaboration leads to production of new synthetic 40MM munition
Sarnia, ON, December 16 - A research collaboration between Lambton College's Bluewater Technology Access Centre (BTAC) and Lamperd Less Lethal, Inc. has led to the successful development of "less lethal" munition for use in Lamperd's 40 MM launcher. The new product was designed for training purposes and field applications such as crowd control and peace-keeping activities using less lethal means.
Throughout the project, which began in April 2015, BTAC developed a number of functional prototypes using the facilities in the Additive Manufacturing lab, in particular Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) of nylon. Testing was carried out at Lamperd's facility in Sarnia. Once the final functional prototype performed to expectations, BTAC staff and students designed and produced a 3D printed prototype of a mold for mass production.
The expected benefits of this less lethal munition as compared to conventional metal based munition include a reduction of severity of training accidents, reduction of metal waste, use of non-toxic synthetic materials, and a reduction in production costs.
"Lamperd Less Lethal has developed an excellent working relationship with BTAC throughout this project," says Barry Lamperd, CHM and CEO, Lamperd Less Lethal. "Partnering with Lambton College has given us access to knowledge and technologies pooled from resources that are not readily available to small businesses. I feel the expertise of the students and staff contributed greatly to the successful completion of this project."
"This new product development is a testament to the ongoing success of applied research collaborations between industry and institutions," says Dr. Maike Luiken, Director, BTAC. "Lambton College's research capacity has grown exponentially in recent years and BTAC is driving research initiatives and providing companies like Lamperd with access to technical expertise, support, and equipment right here in Sarnia-Lambton."
Funding for BTAC and the Synthetic Shells and Projectiles Development Project is supported through the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program, managed by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).
Successful commercialization of this product is expected to lead to five additional jobs in Sarnia.
Formed in 2013 by Lambton College in collaboration with five community partners, BTAC specialises in applied research, design and development in manufacturing to support local industries. BTAC is developing an expertise in additive manufacturing (3D printing), advanced materials and cad modeling. BTAC strives to provide innovation support to regional companies and organizations, primarily in the manufacturing sector. Funding is generously provided by NSERC. For more information on BTAC, please visit lambtoncollege.ca/btac.
About Lamperd Less Lethal
For over 40 years, Lamperd Less Lethal, Inc., headquartered in Sarnia, Ontario has been a leader in the field of Research and Development specializing in training, equipment and applications of products for law enforcement and military systems.
Lamperd Less Lethal is currently manufacturing less lethal weapons and munitions, interlocking shields, camera inspection systems, police mobile defenders, soft products and pepper sprays. The company offers a variety of training options, programs, and products such as suits, masks and firearm training systems.
NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports colleges and universities in advanced studies, and promotes and supports discovery research. The agency fosters innovation by encouraging Canadian companies to participate and invest in postsecondary research projects. For more information, please visit nserc-crsng.gc.ca.