Which Toronto maker space?
January 20, 2016 10:47 AM   Subscribe

I’m looking forward to a few months of planned professional downtime very soon, and I’d like to have access to workshop facilities to develop some 3D printed and laser/CNC-cut plywood constructions. I’m in the east end, and would prefer something readily subway accessible. I’ve heard that some of the better known places have their equipment over used and under maintained, and I’d like to avoid that kind of downtime. All suggestions gratefully considered.
posted by scruss to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Toronto public library?
posted by St. Peepsburg at 11:41 AM on January 20, 2016

I'm sure you've already rejected it based on it being one of the "better known places", but there's a branch of the Toronto Tool Library on Danforth between Coxwell and Woodbine.

Toronto Tool Library
posted by Chuckles McLaughy du Haha, the depressed clown at 1:59 PM on January 20, 2016

STEAMLabs just opened up in the new Centre for Social Innovation building at 192 Spadina. Here's a link to their membership page that includes the tools they have: http://steamlabs.ca/classes-item/memberships/

Not the east end, but easy to get to via subway/streetcar and I believe brand new equipment.
posted by A hidden well at 2:24 PM on January 20, 2016

Response by poster: TPL just has 3D printers; I've signed up to do their intro course, since Scarborough Town Centre is not too far away.

Toronto Tool Library is potentially good and close, but I've had reports of the laser cutter being down for extended periods despite requests from paying members.

SteamLabs is cool and all, and I know their Maker-in-Residence, but it's an hour haul on the TTC, and the Spadina tram isn't exactly project-friendly.
posted by scruss at 12:58 PM on January 23, 2016

TPL is a great place to try 3D printing, but you can only print in a fairly delicate biodegradable plastic and no job can take more than two hours, which limits you to objects which are egg- or fist-sized at most.

You can also print paperback books there, via their Asquith Press.
posted by sindark at 1:43 PM on January 23, 2016

Response by poster: I'm probably going to go with Protolab, who have just reopened between Main and Vic Park.
posted by scruss at 11:58 AM on February 21, 2016 [2 favorites]

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