MIDAS stands for Metallurgical Industrial Development Acceleration and Studies.

MIDAS is an applied research, commercialization and digital fabrication training facility in Trail, B.C., focused on the metallurgical sector that exists in the region surrounding the Teck Trail Operations smelter. MIDAS makes recent advances in manufacturing technology (including 3D Printing) accessible to West Kootenay companies, entrepreneurs and students.

MIDAS Goals:

  • Support entrepreneur development and the commercialization of applied, market-relevant research in the metallurgic industry
  • Expand local small and medium-sized companies’ strengths in collaborating, adopting technology, and creating new and marketable products
  • Promote skills training opportunities in digital fabrication and metallurgical technology for entrepreneurs, company personnel and students.

MIDAS Activities:

  • Public access to an MIT-certified digital fabrication laboratory, or “Fab Lab”, and to metallurgy-specific equipment provided by Fenix Advanced Materials;
    • Technical training in metallurgical science and digital fabrication;
    • Organized research and development (R&D) of commercial applications for metals and materials derived from Teck smelter by-products;
    • Business coaching through KAST’s Venture Acceleration Program (VAP).

MIDAS is a partnership between the Kootenay Association for Science & Technology (KAST), a non-profit society active in the West Kootenay since 1998, and industry partner Fenix Advanced Materials, which produces high-purity metals for the semiconductor market.

MIDAS is a $2 million dollar undertaking funded by the Government of Canada, through the Western Economic Diversification Program; Columbia Basin Trust; Community Futures of Greater Trail; and the BC Provincial Government through the BC Innovation Council (BCIC).

MIDAS Programming Partnerships include: Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation (LCIC); Selkirk College; UBC Okanagan Engineering/Business faculties; and Mitacs.