Innovator in Residence

March 8, 2014 | Greg Astill

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The Toronto Public Library and the Digital Innovation Hub are happy to announce the very first Innovator in Residence.  For six weeks starting March 24th, Derek Quenneville will be conducting classes, workshops, writing on this blog and making himself available to everyone as part of his residency. 

Derek Quenneville is a 3D printing expert and digital fabrication artist. He manages production at 3DPhacktory, runs the Toronto 3D Printer meetups and is a former director of Site 3 coLaboratory. Since 2009, Derek has demoed 3D printing to thousands of people at local events. Check out his 3D designs on Thingiverse.

A unique opportunity during his stint with us is his availability.  Come down and meet Derek and ask him any question you may have about 3D design, 3D scanning and 3D printing.  Check the website for dates and times for the Innovator in Residence: Drop-In AppointmentsNo registration required. Appointments with Derek are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Another great way in meeting Derek and other 3D print enthusiasts is by coming down to the Toronto 3D Printers MeetUp.  You’ll be sure to see some unique designs and customized printers.  It’s truly a great way to explore this technology, and get inspired.  All are welcome. 

RepRap Mendel w/custom build platform - Rob Antonishen

Derek will continue to offer the Intro to 3D Design class; in fact we plan on having him teach a few more to help with the demand.  But Derek plans on introducing a bunch of new programs that will allow you to explore more possibilities with 3D printers.  A new program that will sure to be just as popular is the 3D Remixing and MashUps.  Take 3D design to a crazy new level. Learn how to use MeshMixer to create 3D remixes and mashups.

Image courtesy of & Autodesk MeshMixer

A good chunk of the new programs will involve you.  Snap a cool picture of yourself using a green screen and produce with it produce a 3D Lithopane Art piece that you can print next time you’re in the hub.  This really demonstrates the great use of 3D printers for art.

Image courtesy of

The program I’m most excited about is 3D Scan of Yourself, basically “3D selfies”.  On these days come down and meet Derek, and while using a Microsoft Kinect camera, learn how to capture a full body scan of yourself and friends for print.

Image courtesy of Derek Quenneville

Be sure to follow the links above.  Note: some programs are drop-in and will be first come first serve.  Others will require you to book a ticket online to get in.  Hurry up and register.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Have fun!!