The Toronto Reference Library has a Digital Innovation Hub (#TPLMakers) where the public can take a 1 hour 3D printing course. Once the course is completed, certificate holders can use the printing machine at minimal cost. The material used to print is a renewable and biodegradable plastic called MakerBot PLA filament.
Our innovative Ryerson researchers Claire Oswald and Claus Rinner from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies took the course and chose to print a 3D model of the Don River Watershed as their first work of art! Claire and Claus are planning to refine their techniques at Ryerson Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab at the new Student Learning Centre where they currently have three 3D printers!
Claire and Clause are hoping to print all of the watershed in the GTA to be used as part of education and outreach to elementary and secondary schools, as well as, during Ryerson’s annual Science Rendezvous in May at Dundas Square.