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.