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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



Grand Marnat C. / June 8, 2013 at 10:05 am
Mona Louca / June 8, 2013 at 10:34 am
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

Jeff / June 8, 2013 at 11:25 am
Another one:
Keith / June 8, 2013 at 07:28 pm
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
Steve / June 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm
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
TLAC does 3D Printing for the Health Care Industry and special research projects in Toronto. Contact us through our website or visit us beside SickKids Hospital at 525 University Ave.

- Like us on Facebook at
- Follow our 3D Printing in Toronto related tweets at
- We'll be blogging about our collaborative 3D Printer projects this summer at

Happy reading and thanks BlogTO for this awesome post,
Ash / June 10, 2013 at 07:10 am
The 3DPress is a 3D printing company in Oakville. We have clients and provide service throughout the GTA. Visit us at
Reuben / June 10, 2013 at 09:24 am
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:
MD / June 10, 2013 at 10:50 am
Another 3D Printing contact in Toronto:
Charlie / June 13, 2013 at 06:39 pm
Hi there,

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

Thanks, Ian

MakerKids / November 18, 2013 at 01:03 pm
You can also learn how to 3D design and 3D print at our makerspace. We have open shops for kids, teens and adults.
MAKELAB / December 30, 2013 at 01:46 pm
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:

marke / January 23, 2014 at 01:33 am
use a 3d camera as a scanner for 3d printing, especially in panoramic or video mode
marke / January 23, 2014 at 01:37 am
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
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

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.

Ashley / June 2, 2014 at 11:52 am
Objex Unlimited
3D Printing, 3D Scanning, Rapid Prototypes
100% Customizable Services

PetPrints 3D
Daniel Jing Liao / June 2, 2014 at 02:40 pm
Hello, for those interested in 3D printing, take a look at this Frequently Asked Questions page -
Lisa Klimova / July 18, 2014 at 02:48 pm
Orion 3D Solutions is a newly-established 3D printing company specializing in rapid prototyping and manufacturing services of architectural and medical models. Through focusing on low-volume production of individually-tailored solutions, we offer shorter product development life cycles, which result in decreased energy and waste footprint.

We offer various 3D Printing Services, including production of:
-Rapid Prototypes for fit, form and function testing, even with moving parts
-Functional Engineering parts
-Architectural models and replicas
-Dental and Orthodontics models
-Custom Orthotics
-Custom Art Projects
-Personalized items

*no minimum order required
**fast production and shipping
***competitive pricing

If you don’t have a 3D model, our team of engineers and designers can help you CREATE anything from scratch.

EMAIL US to get a FREE QUOTE or request a callback.

CALL US at (416) 494-5095 to find out how WE CAN HELP YOU.

Come in for a quick tour!

Our address is
864 Magnetic Drive
Toronto ON
M3J 2C4
B.A. / September 21, 2014 at 06:57 pm
Black Arrow .... 3D Printing services company in Oakville. We offer great quality with affordable prices. We offer services all over the GTA
B.A. replying to a comment from B.A. / September 22, 2014 at 02:05 am
Peter / December 15, 2014 at 04:55 pm
Private 3D printing. Got a project other's won't touch? Large print area - specializing in gifts.
Pholy / December 17, 2014 at 11:10 pm
I am amazed that nobody has mentioned the Toronto Public Library's Digital Innovation Labs. There are two 3D printers at the Reference Library and one at the Fort York branch. Limited to PLA, but very low cost.
Mark / January 9, 2015 at 03:19 pm
Full color sandstone and abs 3d prints. From entry level to advanced prints.
Andrew / January 19, 2015 at 06:56 pm
Hi, I am teaching a workshop at Icewire Makerspace (near Eglinton and Bayview) on January 31st 2015. I have previously taught 3D printing workshops with the Toronto Public Library and have over a decade of experience in 3D design, programming, and analog electronics. If you are a beginner interested in learning more about the technology you should check us out!
Qamar Mirza / March 26, 2015 at 04:37 pm
Hello everyone, We have just started a High Resolution 3D Printing & 3D Scanning Shop in Toronto downtown called Qrint, offering 17 different material using Objet prime technology with EXAscan Scanner. thanks
Matt / March 27, 2015 at 12:35 pm
Objex Unlimited 3D Print Studio is Toronto's full-service 3D Printing Bureau, 3D Solutions Provider and 3D Equipment Reseller. We are your one-stop resource for everything 3D.

We have a huge range of 3D Printing and Scanning Technologies on site, and we'll work with you to determine whats best for your project or workflow. We have a staff of 3D Designers to help you every step of the way.

But, don't just take our word for it.
Come visit our studio at 36 Fieldway Rd., Etobicoke, M8Z 3L2
Give us a call at 416-233-7165
Or visit our website at
Q Mirza / March 28, 2015 at 06:42 am
We offer high resolution 3D Scanning & 3D Printing in 17 different materials using Objet Prime printer with EXAscan Scanner right in Toronto Downtown at 1270 Bloor Street West, walking distance from Lansdowne Subway.
Darrell replying to a comment from Qamar Mirza / March 30, 2015 at 11:06 am
Do you have a website?
Qamar Mirza / May 24, 2015 at 02:48 pm
Scott Dillon / June 30, 2015 at 09:21 am
The Printing House
We have a brand new store opening in the TD Centre (66 Wellington Street West) on July 13, come visit our current location at 220 Bay Street (path level).

We are also the presenting sponsor of 3DXL. The current Design Exchange show on 3D Printing at King & Blue Jays Way in Toronto.

Ciara / December 15, 2015 at 11:22 pm
wow lots of 3d printing businesses. . :)
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