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Ryerson hosts 3D technology conference

By Sawyer Bogdan

Advances in 3D technology are revolutionizing the way information is being accessed and recorded.

Tatjana Dzambazova, a production manager for Autodesk, says 3D imaging will go beyond the digitization of objects, and that soon they will be able to create 3D images of the whole world. “[3D printing] allows exploration. When you take a look at a picture you can stare at it as long as you want. When you have a 3D model, you can manipulate. It can explore [what] you can put in [the] context of environment and add to it,” she said.

Dzambazova was one of the speakers at the B3D 3D printing, scanning, software and design conference. The two-day conference hosted by Ryerson University and Think2Thing ended on Oct. 24 at the Toronto Winter Garden Theatre. The conference focused on the innovations 3D technology is creating in design, imaging and creation.

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In partnership with Think2Thing and Bionik Laboratories, Ryerson University founded the Advanced Manufacturing, Design and 3D-Printing Lab. Located in the Bell Trinity building, the lab is allowing companies to create and visualize their creations faster than ever before.

Ryerson University has a network of research labs on campus that is allowing students to explore new technologies. The Maker Space, located in the Rogers Communications Centre, offers workshops to teach students how to use a 3D printer while giving them a space to experiment and build their ideas.

“3D and digital technologies are changing how we design, how we interact and create, from how we tell stories, experience history, perform surgery to create new environments on how we interact with one another,” said John MacRitchie, senior director of business development and strategic planning at Ryerson.

B3D host Nora Young said that professional service firm Deloitte predicts that in 2015, 220,000 3D printers will be sold around the world, a 100 per cent growth over the past year.

“What people need is curiosity. I think what 3D technologies make possible is a new type of curiosity,” Adam Lowe, founder of Factum Arte, said.

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