Industrial Tours

We invite you to join us at COM 2024 Industrial Tours. Tours are held after the Conference and are set to complement the content offered at COM 2024 with travel attractions of Nova Scotia.

Additive Manufacturing and Materials Characterization Laboratory Facilities at Dalhousie University

The group will walk from the Halifax Convention Centre to Dalhousie University.

What to wear:

Comfortable shoes (no open-toe shoes,) and bring an umbrella in case of rain.

This comprehensive tour will encompass five key destinations, providing attendees with a detailed exploration of our cutting-edge facilities. 

Firstly, participants will visit our Gas Atomization facility, followed by an in-depth overview of our Metal 3D lab. This segment will cover various systems including laser powder bed fusion, laser directed energy deposition, binder jetting systems, and a sintering furnace. Next on the itinerary is our 3D ceramic lab, where attendees will learn about our Lithography-based Ceramics Manufacturing and Laser-Induced Slipcasting-based ceramic 3D-printers. Subsequently, the tour will proceed to the large-scale additive manufacturing lab, offering insights into our robotic wire arc additive manufacturing platform. Finally, attendees will have the opportunity to explore our main materials characterization lab, which will feature demonstrations of our state-of-the-art SEM/EDX, FIB, XRD systems, and micro-CT unit. 

It’s worth noting that the facilities showcased in this tour are intricately linked to the themes of the “Advanced Manufacturing and Materials” symposium as well as “Light Metals for Transportation: Marine, Aviation, and Ground Application” symposium, providing a practical complement to the symposiums’ content.

Historical Gold Mining District and Peggy's Cove

Tour inclusions: transportation, guide. Lunch on own.

The guided tour will include visiting two legacy mine sites from the historic gold mining districts around Halifax, Nova Scotia. The tour will include a visit to the Montague Gold Mines which is currently undergoing active reclamation and a site in the Waverley district that are unreclaimed but host to research activities and private endevours to re-process/re-mine these sites. The historic tailings are an example of the legacy tailings sites in Canada that are now under provincial jurisdiction and the focus of various reclamation projects. 

The latter half of the day will include visiting the globally recognized Peggy’s Cove, including time to visit the historic Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, explore Margaret’s Bay and have lunch at any of the restaurants sampling some of the best local fish and lobster. The tour bus will return all delegates to the convention center by 4 pm.   

 (subject to change)

08:30 Bus departs Halifax Convention Centre 

09:00 – 10:30 Guided history and tour of Montague Gold Mines 

10:30 – 11:00 Drive to Waverley District (Muddy pond tour OR Waverley tailings site) 

11:00 – 12:00 Guided history and tour of Muddy Pond OR Waverley gold extraction and remediation history  

12:00 – 13:00 Drive to Peggy’s Cove  

13:00 – 15:00 Lunch on own and free time  

15:00 – 16:00 Return to hotels