Material Matters

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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.

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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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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.