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3D Printing in Toronto: Best Services, Shops, Fab Labs

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by Leo Gregurić
Nov 29, 2019
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Looking for a reliable 3D printing venue in Toronto? Stay tuned for our top picks of Toronto's best 3D printing services, shops, and fab labs!

Best 3D Printing Venues in Toronto

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3D printed display model of Toronto's skyline
3D printed display model of Toronto's skyline (Source: 3d_printguy via Reddit)

Local 3D printing services, shops, and fab labs offer value to anyone who loves 3D printing, whether they own their own machine or not. As with other hobbies and professions, it pays to become involved with the community, build a network, or simply know a few places you can drop into, when needed.

As Canada’s biggest city and a dynamic metropolis, Toronto is a perfect place for 3D printing venues of all sorts. Services, shops, and fab labs aren’t exactly everywhere, but there are a few gems here and there. You can find FDM, SLA, and SLS 3D printing, shops with 3D printing devices and components, and fab labs sharing equipment and knowledge.

On the other hand, if your goal is simply to have something printed, local may not be your best bet. Given the web of established 3D printing services stretching across the globe, you stand to benefit from broader ranges of materials, finishes, and technologies. Instantly find the best price and provider for your needs with Craftcloud, the 3D printing and price comparison service from All3DP.

What Exactly Are We Looking At?

The following list of venues aims at being as helpful as possible for the majority of 3D printing enthusiasts and professionals. As such, we tried to keep the following in mind:

  • For a 3D printing service, we focused on the location of the operation, pricing, and its available technologies, materials, and special offers.
  • For a shop, we focused on a similar set of factors, but with the range of options extended to general products.
  • For a fab lab, we focused on the number and position of locations, fees, available equipment, and the number of members.

All of that said, we recognize that, with some of these venues, there may be overlap in services and operations. Therefore, although we’ve tried to classify each of the following selections, we’ve also made an effort to highlight what’s really on offer and what’s unique.

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Best 3D Printing Venues in Toronto

3DPhacktory (Service)

Derek Quenneville explaining 3DPhacktory's services
Derek Quenneville explaining 3DPhacktory's services (Source: 3DPHACKTORY via YouTube)

3DPhacktory is a 3D printing service and design studio located in downtown Toronto. Their mission is to provide fast and quality prototyping to anyone who needs something 3D printed, focusing on local businesses. Their printing service covers FDM, SLA, and PolyJet.

Don’t have a printable model? Not a problem! 3DPhacktory’s designers will create print-ready models following your ideas at an hourly fee of $75.

For FDM and PolyJet printing, the company uses Stratasys’s uPrint Plus and Objet Connex500, respectively. The former uses ABS plastics, while the latter prints with rigid, rubber, polypropylene, or ABS-like materials.

Requesting a quote is easy and can be done via their website. Overall, high-end machines mean competitively-priced, quality parts with lead times of around 48 hours.

Location: 5 Dickens Street, M4M 1T8

Hours: Weekdays, 10AM to 6PM

Services: Designing and 3D printing parts

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Hot Pop Factory (Service)

Hot Pop print room
The daily routine at Hot Pop (Source: Hot Pop Factory)

Hot Pop Factory specializes in digital manufacturing technologies, including 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC machining.

In terms of the available 3D printing technologies, customers can choose between FDM and SLS. For FDM, there’s PLA and ABS, while nylon is the material of choice when it comes to SLS.

Quotes can be requested via Hot Pop Factory’s website and are guaranteed within 24 hours. Parts are usually produced within a week, but the process can be sped up to 48 hours. Normally, the finished product is sent to the customer’s doorstep, but it can also be picked up at the facility in the city.

Despite there not being much to choose from in terms of materials, quality isn’t sacrificed here. With competitive pricing and nicely-finished products, there’s little to criticize.

Location: 215 Spadina Avenue Suite B05, M5T 2C7

Hours: Weekdays, 10 AM to 6 PM

Services: 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC milling

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The Printing House (Service)

3D Selfies by the Printing House
3D Selfies by the Printing House (Source: TPH, The Printing House via YouTube)

The Printing House originally started out with a letterpress machine and 2D printing. (Weird, right?) Yet, as the biggest printing company in Canada, it made total sense to incorporate 3D printing into the business. Currently, the Printing House offers FDM, binder jetting, and PolyJet 3D printing on high-end industrial 3D printers.

FDM is only offered with high-end ABS plastics, which are manipulated by the company’s Stratasys printer.

Using their binder jetting services, you can get high-detail, full-color prints made of sandstone powder. And their PolyJet printer yields ultra-high-detail parts made in rubber-like, temperature-resistant, rigid, or transparent photopolymers.

Something the Printing House is (additionally) known for is the production of 3D figurines of customers and their pets. 3D printed pet models start at $225, while the personal figurine prices depend on a few factors, including the person’s height. These models make great gifts for weddings, birthdays, and graduations, among other occasions.

Location: 2161 Yonge St, Unit 101 A, M4S 3A6

Hours: Weekdays, 8 AM to 6 PM

Services: FDM, binder jetting, and PolyJet 3D printing, as well as customer and pet figurines

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Shop3D.ca (Shop)

Shop3D.ca's Mississauga showroom and head office
Shop3D.ca's Mississauga showroom and head office (Source: Shop3D.ca)

Shop3D.ca is one of Canada’s leading 3D printing equipment retailers. It’s a company fully dedicated to 3D printing, meaning they cover the retail part of the business as well as education, 3D printing as a service, and even showroom exhibitions for 3D printed art.

Hobbyists and professionals should find what they need. Official distributors for Ultimaker and Formlabs, they also sell products from LulzBot, MakerBot, Zortrax, Dremel, and similar brands. Furthermore, shipping is free on all orders above $200.

Although Shop3D.ca has a location in downtown Toronto, it’s more of a workshop than anything else. Their main headquarters are located in Mississauga, which serves as a shop, showroom, and event location.

Often, the showroom is transformed into an art space, allowing artists to showcase their 3D printed masterpieces. Another great example of events held in Shop3D.ca’s showroom was the presentation of Innofil3D’s filaments, where visitors benefited from free giveaways!

Location: 120 Watline Ave Unit #2-3, Mississauga (headquarters)

Hours: Weekdays, 10 AM to 6 PM

Offers and services: 3D printing equipment, 3D printing on demand, and educational resources as well as showroom and event space

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Toronto Tool Library (Fab Lab)

The interior of Toronto Tool Library's East-End location
The interior of Toronto Tool Library's East-End location (Source: Torontoist)

Across the city of Toronto, the Toronto Tool Library has three locations. Convenience aside, makers can use hundreds of different tools, including 3D printers and laser cutters to make their ideas come to life.

Each venue offers a welcoming space for hosting workshops and events targeted at the maker community. If you’re in Toronto and really want to feel the maker culture, this is the place for you. From 3D printing certification classes to woodworking, 3D printing, and laser cutting training with professionals, it’s all there waiting for you!

The yearly membership comes at a very reasonable $55 price tag. Considering what this place offers as a whole, it wouldn’t be a stretch to call it a true gem for makers of Toronto!

Location: Multiple across the city

Hours: Depends on the day

Offers: Tools and machines as well as workshops, classes, and events

Fees: $55/year membership

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FCAD Digital Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab)

The interior of the FCAD Fabrication Lab
The interior of the FCAD Fabrication Lab (Source: FCAD Fab Lab)

FCAD Digital Fabrication Lab is one of the newest additions to Toronto’s 3D printing venues. The lab is located in Ryerson’s School of Interior Design and it’s available to all FCAD’s students, faculty, and staff. Sadly, this obviously means not everyone can join.

The main goal of the space is to motivate students and teachers to explore the possibilities of digital fabrication technologies and push their imaginations. FCAD’s students enjoy a modern space full of new FDM and SLA 3D printers, 3D scanners, CNC tools, and laser cutting machines. A range of events, including seminars, workshops, and hands-on training, enhance the potential of the newly-opened fab lab.

Despite being reserved for FCAD’s students and staff, openings of venues like this really do prove that the 3D printing scene in Toronto is rising.

Location: School of Interior Design Building, 302 Church Street, Room SID-104

Hours: Weekdays, 10 AM to 1 PM, 2 PM to 5 PM

Offers: Tools and machines for makers

Fees: Material and usage fees only (for FCAD students, faculty, and staff)

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Objex Unlimited (Service & Shop)

The exterior of Objex Unlimited's facility
The exterior of Objex Unlimited's facility (Source: Sameem Monzaviyan via Google Maps)

Objex Unlimited is a 3D printing studio with a strong focus on highly professional 3D printing, scanning, designing, and reverse engineering services. Additionally, they distribute 3D printers, 3D scanners, and professional 3D printing software.

The company proudly wears the authorized reseller badges of 3D Systems, Artec Group, LMI Technologies, Geomagic, and Agisoft.

There are multiple 3D printing technologies available for customers to choose from. FDM, SLA, and SLS make the standard golden trio, which is complemented by MJF and ColorJet. Quotes can be requested via their website and are usually returned within a few hours.

Professionals and businesses are the main customers at Objex, but don’t let that hold you back, as everyone can enjoy professional service at a reasonable cost.

Location: 36 Fieldway Road, M8Z 3L2

Hours: Weekdays, 9 AM to 5 PM

Services and offers: 3D printing, scanning, and designing as well as 3D printing equipment distribution

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