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This weekend TIFF Nexus had the pleasure of supporting the Ladies Learning Code Series, “a women-run not-for-profit group working to empower everyone to feel comfortable learning beginner-friendly technical skills in a social, collaborative way.” Also supporting this event were our uber-creative friends at ThingTank Labs, and the digital side of the workshop was led by 3D modeling expert Ryan Schmidt of Autodesk.


Participants first learned the ins and outs of 3D modeling using Autodesk MeshMixer (although Autodesk has a huge array of excellent consumer level 3D tools, including 123D), and then they had the opportunity to save their digital creation and get it printed in the next room.


  1. Ladies Learning Code Series TWITTER:
  2. Thing Tank Lab, an open, community based ideation lab for internet enabled “things” TWITTER:
  3. Panda Robotics, a new Toronto startup developing their own unique 3D printing technology. TWITTER:
  4. Site3 Co-Laboratory is an arts and tech makerspace in Toronto at the corner of Bloor and Ossington. Open House on Thursdays! TWITTER:

One of the Ladies Learning Code leaders, Heather Payne noted there were more 3D printers in the one room than she’d ever seen. Here’s some pics of both the software workshop in our Computer Lab Learning Studio, and the menagerie of no-two-alike 3D printers brought in by the local community.

HOT POP FACTORY showing off some of their jewelry designs.

There were almost a dozen different 3D printers, including this Rep Rap machine, in action in the TIFF Learning Studio and participants got to walk around and learn about the “personalities” of each.
Local 3D Printing wizard Derek Quennville (gentleman with the beard ) showing off his tricked-out Makerbot – Derek’s work can also be seen in videos of the and he can often be found hanging out at Site 3


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