Yesterday, the Pivot design team made the trek through a Toronto blizzard to the Digital Innovation Hub at the Fort York Toronto Public Library. Our mission? To learn as much as we could about 3D printing—an emerging technology that will soon be common place.

Once there, we were greeted by our instructor—James—who started the certification session by scanning each of us, rendering us in 3D on the computer.

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3D printing instructor James using an Xbox Kinect camera to record Chelsea. A surprisingly accurate 3D rendering shows up on the monitor.
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Preview of Karen’s “3D selfie” before it is sent off to the printer.
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The MakerBot 3D printer in progress! The plastic filament melts at 160° C
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This software is 123D Design by Autodesk, and can be found for free online.

Once we had sent our 3D selfies to print (printing one took about an hour), we played around with some 3D rendering software. We were also introduced to the programs OpenScad and Sculptris.

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The final product: Karen’s 3D selfie!
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We had a great time looking at all of the other projects people had printed.

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If you’re interested in learning the ropes of 3D printing, check out some of the courses offered at the Fort York or Toronto Reference Library locations!

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