Material Matters

  • Intro

    Making innovation.

    Material Matters at Emily Carr University fosters a community interested in 3D printing and rapid prototyping, design research, emergent technology, media, programming, materials design, and manufacturing research.

    We explore ways that new technology can enhance and mobilize enterprise, especially in the area of prototyping and fabrication systems. In particular, materials and design research through 3D printing, is an area of focus as an emergent personal production platform, enabling artists and designers to be unconstrained by traditional models for cultural and commercial product development and production.

    Our efforts in exploring new innovations in 3D print mediums and associated technologies are enhanced by faculty-led research partnerships, social forums for exchange, and context-driven research projects. Material Matters works as a catalyst of product, manufacturing, and creative design research, creating synergy among students and faculty, external partners in industry, NGOs, non-profit, and community groups.

  • Contact + Follow

    The Material Matters Research Centre values new connections:

    Keith Doyle, Co-Director

    Hélène Day Fraser, Co-Director

    Aaron Oussoren, Research Technician + Researcher

    Logan Mohr, Project Coordinator + Researcher

  • Facts

    Realized in 2015, inquiring always.

    Material Matters became a formalized Research Centre at Emily Carr University in 2015. Over time it developed as a research Cluster and 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.

    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.

  • Funding

    Funding material innovation.

    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.

Let's improve production together.


Research welcomes inquiries from industry and community groups who wish to partner. Contact research[at] regarding partnerships, collaborations, and how to initiate access to our subject matter experts, leading edge technologies, and next generation talent.


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Access Funding

Partnership with Emily Carr Research enables industry partners and collaborators to access government funding available for innovation and the advancement of research. Review your funding opportunities on the Research page.

Hosting Hardware Startups Vancouver Meetup

Material Matters & Vancouver Hardware Startup: February 21 2014

Material Matters is excited about cohosting the next Hardware Startups Vancouver meetup. We will hear informative and exciting stories from three local founders of hardware and embedded systems startups. Our feature talk will be presented by Paul Banwatt, author of the 3D printing law blog – Law in the Making. Presenters: Dr. Brad Quinton | Invionics,, Co-Founder and COO | past:Veridae Systems, Co-Founder and Tech/Product/Marketing Lead, which was successfully sold to Tektronix Dr. Brad Quinton has been working in the high technology industry for 15 years. He has successfully straddled academia and industry, working in parallel with much of his academic research, he received his Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in October 2008. His research lead to the formation in 2009 of Veridae Systems where he was the technical, product management and marketing lead. The venture developed a world class EDA debug product, sold it to leading semiconductor companies and was acquired by Tektronix in 20 months. Brad later led Tektronix’s Embedded Instruments Group, as Chief Architect, until May 2013. Between 2006 and 2008, he was a Consultant and Senior Design Engineer at Teradici Corporation where he designed new circuits and debugged new devices. Before this time, Brad worked for Altera, helping resolve key issues with a new product that they had introduced. From 1998 to 2003, Dr. Quinton was at PMC-Sierra where as Project Lead he directly managed 10 engineers and a multi-million dollar IC development. This project was successfully released into the market. During this period, Brad was instrumental in the successful technical integration of two of PMC’s acquisitions, HyperCore (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Toucan (Galway, Ireland), into the company. Gonzalo Tudela | Vandrico Solutions Inc., Co-Founder and CEO, @vandrico_inc, @GonzaloTudela Subject Matter: The Importance of Workplace Wearables Vandrico Solutions Inc. researches and deploys wearable technologies to generate ROIs for industrial companies. Co-Founder and CEO Gonzalo Tudela will discuss the importance of developing wearable devices for the workplace and how the next evolution of the wearables market is posed for B2B clientele.