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3D Printing in Toronto

Posted by Jonathon Muzychka / June 8, 2013

3d printing toronto3D printing has taken Toronto by storm this year. It's one of the hottest tech trends and for good reason. Can you imagine being able to print a pizza or burger at home? Sound like science fiction? It may not be.

At the recent MasterMind Talks event in Toronto, Roboticist Hod Lipson enlightened the crowd with the promises and perils of 3D printing machines that can make almost anything. Hod elaborated on the future of 3D printing being directly tied to printing your own food at home, similar to owning your own Star Trek food replicator.

Copying the methods from your traditional inkjet printer, 3D printers have the ability to produce layers of material to build up objects. Historically, these printers have been used for creating plastic moulds and prototypes, but a new generation of experimenters are replacing plastics with edible materials.

Although the models are relatively simple, the machine works in the same way as your printer at home. You upload an image, insert the edible ingredient you wish to use, and out comes your chocolate Picasso masterpiece. Although the technology is still primitive, as the majority of the manufactured food is simple liquids or powders, burgers with all the trimmings could be just around the corner.

Even with the tasty concept, 3D printed food still has a ways to go before it can be considered mainstream. Not only is it excruciatingly slow to print even the most basic models, the ingredients used are also very limited. If you were to invite guests over for a theoretical printed pizza party, you would have to set the date six months in advance before it would conceptually be ready.

For those looking to get started in the world of 3D printing, it's best not splurge on your own printer. They're simply too expensive right now with the price of entry level 3D printers coming in around $2000 and industrial models costing in the millions.

Luckily, there are 3D printers in Toronto where you can go and try out the technology. Although you won't be able to print your own food locally just yet, here are three Toronto 3D printers that can get you started:

Hot Pop Factory
Matt and Bi-Ying built their business on 3D jewellery, but they also have beginner friendly meet-up's and classes. They run events relatively often where you can learn the basics, create and print your own design, and bring it home with you. This is a great place to get started if you've never dabbled in 3D printing before.

Site 3
With a passion for 3D printing, you'll find an interesting combination of art and technology coming together at Site 3. They also host the monthly Toronto 3d Printers Meetup, where anyone can learn about 3D printing from the local Toronto experts. If you wanted stop in, you can check out their open night every Thursday where newcomers are not just welcomed, but encouraged.

3d Phacktory
Even though their brick and mortar shop borders into the more advanced territory of 3D printing, you can still get some basic models printed on their higher quality printers. As a nice advantage, if you lack the basic 3D printing skills, you can work with one of their consultants to mock up your 3d model as well. If you are looking to jump from beginner into intermediate or advanced territory, this may be the next place on your list.

Know of any other 3D printers in Toronto? Add them to the comment thread below.

Photo by Javin Lau

Discussion

19 Comments

Grand Marnat C. / June 8, 2013 at 10:05 am
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"meet-up's"
No.
Mona Louca / June 8, 2013 at 10:34 am
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We are 3D printing service provider for prototypes and specialized in :
- 3D manufacturing of short production runs up to 1000 parts
- no minimum quantities
- High quality and precision
- Excellent pricing
Contact us at 905-581-0630 or email at info@anubis3d.com

Jeff / June 8, 2013 at 11:25 am
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Another one:

http://www.draftprint3d.com/
Keith / June 8, 2013 at 07:28 pm
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Hi blogto,
We are projects3D. We specialize in low cost 3D printing/rapid prototyping solutions:
-Excellent for students and small scale startups
-Very low pricing
-We only use PLA plastics as they are as eco-friendly as possible

Contact us at projects3d.canada@gmail.com
Steve / June 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm
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We are a 3D printing service in Mississauga. We make amazing full colour models. Also offering 3d scanning.
Dazzle / June 9, 2013 at 10:13 am
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TLAC does 3D Printing for the Health Care Industry and special research projects in Toronto. Contact us through our website www.tlac.ca or visit us beside SickKids Hospital at 525 University Ave.

- Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/weareTLAC
- Follow our 3D Printing in Toronto related tweets at twitter.com/tlacWorks
- We'll be blogging about our collaborative 3D Printer projects this summer at www.tlac.ca

Happy reading and thanks BlogTO for this awesome post,
Ash / June 10, 2013 at 07:10 am
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The 3DPress is a 3D printing company in Oakville. We have clients and provide service throughout the GTA. Visit us at the3dpress.com
Reuben / June 10, 2013 at 09:24 am
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Proto3000 has one of the largest in-house 3D printer lineups in Canada.

Their professional printers cover 2 different technologies, over 150 materials, and thousands of possibilities.

check them out:

info@proto3000.com
www.proto3000.com
facebook.com/proto3000
MD / June 10, 2013 at 10:50 am
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Another 3D Printing contact in Toronto:

http://www.tlac.ca
Charlie / June 13, 2013 at 06:39 pm
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Hi there,

What 3D-model file types your printer can accept?
Diana / July 5, 2013 at 10:46 am
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‎July 10 #3D printing workshop for kids: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7258549517
Diana / July 5, 2013 at 10:46 am
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‎#3D printing workshop for kids: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/7258549517
Ian MacIntosh replying to a comment from Steve / August 25, 2013 at 07:59 pm
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Can you quickly produce a one off for mr in Mississauga?

Thanks, Ian

905-696-0501
MakerKids / November 18, 2013 at 01:03 pm
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You can also learn how to 3D design and 3D print at our makerspace. We have open shops for kids, teens and adults. www.makerkids.ca
MAKELAB / December 30, 2013 at 01:46 pm
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We have a drop-in program at our 3D printing studio where you can book trainings and time with a printer on your own schedule: http://www.MAKELAB.ca

marke / January 23, 2014 at 01:33 am
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use a 3d camera as a scanner for 3d printing, especially in panoramic or video mode
marke / January 23, 2014 at 01:37 am
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I have many 3d photos of scenes , objects, persons, ready for 3d printing with no copyright issues
marke / January 23, 2014 at 01:48 am
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I am in Toronto, Ontario, canada
I use a 3d camera in video or panoramic mode as a 3d scanner for 3d printing

I have many 3d photos of scenes, objects, persons, animals, ready for 3d printing with no copyright issues

I do not have a 3d printer but do have a glue gun and an ink jet color printer 4 in 1 with fax , scanner flatbed, and xerox

let me know if it interests you


Nek Solakofski / March 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm
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Hello,

I run a model shop and 3d printing lab in downtown toronto (Spadina and Wellington). My main work is building mixed media architectural models and prototypes.

I'm currently printing on a Form1 3d printer, and can print ultra fine detail (25 micron layers, i.e. 40 layers per mm). I also mix 3d printing with all other materials (wood, plastics, metals, LED lighting and other electronics, papers, vinyl films and paints). I can help you with your 3d modelling, get your digital 3d files print ready, and help you work your design concepts into working prototypes.

If you need ultra fine 3d printing, and integrated material prototyping, get in touch.

Thanks,

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