Oct 20, 2021, Victoria, BC – RaceRocks 3D Inc. (RaceRocks) is proud to announce that it has been awarded a grant by the province of BC to scale up the development of its innovative motion platform. RaceRocks have partnered on this project with Victoria-based Iris Dynamics Inc. to develop an industry-changing motion system with innovative patent technology from the moving components through to the development of VR environments. This new-to-market technology will be used for simulation training and motion control across a variety of domains including maritime vessels, aircraft, land vehicles, automation, and robotics.
The Accelerating Manufacturing Grant program aims to support small and medium-sized businesses in British Columbia to accelerate innovative capacity in the manufacturing sector, strengthen critical provincial supply chains, and create new, sustainable economic opportunities for businesses. “The pandemic has changed the way many B.C. companies do business and for many, adapting and innovating is the way to ensure long-term growth,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “This program recognizes those businesses that have a solid plan to grow and become more globally competitive in the years ahead.”
With this grant, RaceRocks 3D and Iris Dynamics will increase manufacturing capacity greater than tenfold for a new type of motion system based on a proprietary magnetic linear motor design. This will lead to job creation both locally and across Canada while showcasing the innovation and technology sector in the region.
When asked about the impact of the grant, Anita Pawluk, President at RaceRocks 3D said, “Through programs such as the Accelerated Manufacturing Grants, RaceRocks 3D and our partner, Iris Dynamics, can fast track the development of our technology and innovation for training and simulation. We are thankful for the support provided by the Government of BC and are excited to see the positive impact this brings to our teams, partners, clients, and business community in BC and across Canada.”
“With the assistance of this grant, Iris Dynamics and RaceRocks 3D will be able to ensure strong onshore capacity to design, manufacture, test, and deploy the unique capabilities of this technology to the global market,” CEO of Iris Dynamics Patrick McFadden. “This will lead to job creation, helping to establish domestic supply chains of critical components and capacity, and will further strengthen the manufacturing, technology and innovation sectors in the region.”
With the impact of COVID-19 affecting global training requirements, RaceRocks and its partners are evolving training technologies to meet their mission of creating Enabled Teams and Empowered Decisions. With the support from programs such as these, the world-leading training solutions can be scaled at a faster rate and ready for commercialization for the industry to take advantage of.
Government of BC’s official news release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021JERI0067-001998
Information on StrongerBC: https://strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/