Projects / Material Matters

New technologies and modes of enterprise based on open, shared platforms for making are changing the notion of what it means to mobilize expertise – to develop and implement tacit knowledge in systems of fabrication. Exemplary of this is 3D Printing and its presence as an emergent personal production platform. As 3D technology development continues, artists and designers will no longer be limited by constraints imposed by traditional models for cultural and commercial product development and production.

We are engaged in developing and evaluating new 3D print mediums and exploring innovative methodologies for design and production. This effort is augmented by faculty led applied research partnerships, context driven research and emergent social forums for exchange.

To date a robust pragmatic research program has emerged courtesy of research funding enabled by partnership development funds, and grants from agencies such as: NSERC, GRAND NCE, and the NRC/CNRC Industrial Research Assistance Program.

Material Matters has been developed as a meeting point – an intersection of groups that catalyzes disciplines, students and faculties within Emily Carr University of Art + Design. We work with external partners who may be industry-based, NGOs, non-profit, or community groups.

This research group includes Keith Doyle, Helene Day Fraser, Justin Novak and Phillip Robbins, and involves a variety of initiatives including work with 3D printed textiles, wearable computing, and materials research.








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