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.
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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
This Semaphore-sponsored...Read More
Posted on Feb 9th, 2015
Prosthetic limbs made by U of T researchers
BBC News (Health) - Catherine Byaruhanga reports from Uganda.Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...
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....Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More