ginger coons PhD

A recent PhD in the University of Toronto's Critical Making Lab, ginger "all-lower-case" coons studies issues of customization and digital production. With a background in design, Dr. coons currently focuses on the relationships and interfaces between individuals and the artefacts they use, which includes studying the movement of born-digital methods to physical production processes through rapid prototyping. Her dissertation specifically examines the ways in which digital production technologies act as attempts to mitigate mis-fits and conflicts between individuals and consumer goods.


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Semaphore congratulates Dr. ginger coons, PhD! by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Oct 26th, 2015

Semaphore's first PhD graduate

Congrats to ginger coons, PhD! Dr coons defended her dissertation, "Something for everyone: Using digital methods to make physical goods" on October 23rd. Her defense...

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The Darker Side of 3D Printing by Phoenix Wilkie

Posted on Dec 15th, 2015

An article written by Rowena McGowan in The University of Toronto Musings

3D printing is just what it sounds like - printing 3-dimensional objects. An object is built up through the laying down of thousands of thin...

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Matt Ratto and printAbility at TEDxUofT by Asiya Atcha

Posted on May 7th, 2014

Without a leg to stand on -- 3D printing prosthetics: Matt Ratto at TEDxUofT

Matt Ratto is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University...

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Portrait of a community / What happens in Canada stays in Canada by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Apr 15th, 2015

These two workshops propose to explore the potential of Free & Open-Source culture at large and Visual Culture as a...

Monday April 27- Wednesday April 29

FREE! for iSchool or ICCIT students, $10 General Public
Click here to Register

This Semaphore-sponsored...

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printAbility Project on the BBC by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Feb 9th, 2015

Prosthetic limbs made by U of T researchers

BBC News (Health) - Catherine Byaruhanga reports from Uganda.

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printAbility Project in Uganda by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Feb 17th, 2015

Semaphore's researchers provide world’s first functional 3D-printed prosthetic legs to Ugandans

CBC News - Canadian researchers and a 3D printer are making medical history in Uganda.

The Canadian team from the University of Toronto recently helped...

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printAbility Team featured on CBC by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Jan 15th, 2015

A University of Toronto professor is teaming up with an international charity and a hospital in Uganda to use 3D...

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Matt Ratto and PrintAbility project in The Toronto Star by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Jan 9th, 2015

U of T researchers and a Canadian charity are teaming up to train Ugandan technicians to 3D-print artificial limb sockets

Matt Ratto, an associate professor at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, is a big believer in the Chinese proverb: “Give a man a...

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Inside the 3D Printed Limb Factory by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Dec 8th, 2014

Making the fake parts is easy, but getting these limbs in the right hands takes a cultural, not just a...

FAST COMPANY - Inside the University of Toronto's brutalist concrete library, there is a room filled with human limbs. Not real limbs, but 3-D-printed lower-leg prosthetics....

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Artificial limbs from the 3D printer by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Aug 6th, 2014

Matt Ratto discusses the PrintAbility project with The Frankfurter Allgemaine

Künstliche Gliedmaßen aus dem 3D-Drucker

FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE - Justine musste fast ihr ganzes, noch nicht allzu langes Leben ohne Beine auskommen. Sie hatte sie kurz...

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U of T team works to create 3D-printed limbs for Ugandan children by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Jan 17th, 2014

As Christina Stevens reports, the limbs are transforming lives a world away.

GLOBAL NEWS – "Consumer-grade 3D printers have been used to create everything from guns to edible candy; but a team at the University of Toronto...

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Wearable Tech and 3D Printing Used to Hack Health in Toronto This Weekend by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Nov 23rd, 2013

Semaphore participates in Hacking Health, using 3D printing to tackle healthcare issues

TECH VIBES - "Over the weekend Hacking Health wrapped up its second Toronto-based Hackathon, bringing together developers, designers and healthcare professionals to improve healthcare through...

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Is it just us, or are cool things coming out of University of Toronto these days? by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Aug 7th, 2013

In early July, Matt Ratto, director of U of T’s Critical Making Lab, along with Daniel Southwick and ginger coons,...

POST CITY - "There must be something in the U of T water. Recently, not one but two teams of innovators made headlines thanks to...

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U of T team’s DIY handgun tests the potential of 3D printing by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Jul 3rd, 2013

When asked how police could stop people from printing handguns in their basement, Dr. Ratto’s response was curt: “They can’t.”

THE GLOBE AND MAIL - "It’s a pistol that sounds like a criminal’s dream. Undetectable, untraceable by police and assembled in downtown Toronto, it’s a...

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TAGLab visits Semaphore by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Jun 15th, 2013

On June 13th, 2013 the Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab (TAGlab) paid a visit to Semaphore. Over the hour-long lunch meeting, both labs...

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Critical Making Lab members participate in Enactive Entanglements by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Jun 14th, 2013

Matt Ratto and his team produced an impressive single-take video featuring a tour of the Critical Making Lab, introductions to...

The Critical Making Lab participated in 'Enactive Entanglements', an event organized by Katrina Jungnickel at Goldsmiths University of London (UK). Matt Ratto,...

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Blind Tennis Hackathon by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Nov 11th, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2013
10:00am - 4:00pm, 130 St. George Street, Semaphore Lab Demo room 1150 (main floor)


This workshop is ideal for anyone...

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Matt Ratto and Semaphore Featured on The Nature of Things (Oct. 23) by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Oct 21st, 2014

Today, scientists are applying 3D printing technology to the field of medicine

CBC - "We live in a world where technology is constantly changing. Sadly you know as you leave the store, that your brand new SmartPhone...

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First prototypes of felt liners for sockets by ginger coons

Posted on Sep 6th, 2014

Sockets get liners which can be made by hand, from locally-sourced material.

Early experiments with the production of felt socket liners are looking good. Based on patterns generated from 3D models of residual limbs, fabric can be...

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Scanning, modelling & printing—An experimental toolchain for prosthetics by ginger coons

Posted on Sep 6th, 2014

First event in the Critical Making Lab Workshop Series uses desktop fabrication tools to make custom prostheses.

"Scanning, modelling & printing—An experimental toolchain for prosthetics," the first workshop in the Critical Making Lab Workshop Series, will take place Thursday, the 18th of...

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Semaphore hosts CAGIS workshop by Amy Ratelle

Posted on Oct 22nd, 2013

Toronto branch of the Canadian Association for Girls in Science visits Semaphore to learn about electronics.

On Saturday 19 October, Semaphore hosted the Toronto chapter of the Canadian Association of Girls in Science (CAGIS) for a workshop on wearable computing.

The workshop...

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Critical Making Workshop Series kicks off by ginger coons

Posted on Sep 5th, 2014

New workshop series involves students, public, in Critical Making Lab research

This year, the Critical Making Lab is offering a series of workshops, open to both students and the public. The Critical Making Workshop Series showcases...

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