By Lisa Lagace
The future is now.
Forget running out of ink cartridges; 3D printing is basically verging on magic.
If you have a 3D printer, and you know how to use it, you can now scan virtually any object in the world (including yourself) and recreate it out of a plastic molding.
Somewhere, Madame Tussauds just shivered.
So we thought we’d give you the skinny on six creative hubs you can hit up in Toronto to learn how to become a sorcerer skilled 3D printer in no time.
MakeLab is a shared studio space near College and Dufferin offering printing services for $15/hr as well as hour-long private training lessons for just $35. The staff is genuinely friendly and passionate about their work, and excited to help you learn the tools of the trade.
Hot Pop Factory
While they also offer a beginner course, Hot Pop at Spadina and Queen offers a three-hour intermediate workshop for those looking to step their 3D game up. $50 gets you a spot in the class.
Site3 is a collaborative art and technology workspace near Bloor and Ossington offering up both Intro to 3D Printing classes ($60) and Laser Training classes ($80). In other words, this is where James Bond would go to learn.
Toronto Tool Library
For those near the Danforth, this shop offers regular workshops on 3D printing, laser cutting, and so much more for $40 a pop. Get some hands on learning at this location, and if you’re really finding your groove, consider becoming a Makerspace Member. It comes with a 24/7 access key so you can 3D print your night away.
While this shop doesn’t currently offer lessons, you can hire one of their designers if you’re looking to have something specific made. Simply upload your own design if you’re already in the know or choose a model from their pre-made catalogue.
Toronto Public Library
The best option is sometimes the cheapest. Yes, our very own library system offers free certification classes and lessons for beginners. Once you’re certified you can use their printers for the low fee of five cents (a nickel can still buy things apparently) a minute, plus $1. That means you’ll likely spend $2.50 to print most objects you come up with. Your tax dollars at work, ladies and gentleman.