At Saskatoon’s Create Cafe, you can find plenty of coffee on the chalkboard menu, but the rates for using a 3D printer for an hour are just as easy to spot.
“I’ve always seen the ‘internet cafe’ model as giving people access to technology that was king of the novelties and the future,” co-founder Dustin Maki told CBC Radio. Saskatoon morning.
Patrons of the cafe can sip a latte while using 3D printers to bring their ideas to life.
Along with having smaller printers available for routine work, the cafe also has the largest 3D printer in North America, according to Randy Janes, who also helped start the business.
“We can literally print you a full-size boat, you can put an engine in and launch it,” Janes said.
The printer is on display in the cafe so that anyone can watch it in action, even if they have smaller plans in mind.
In addition to attracting hobbyists, Maki and Janes hope to attract local businesses looking to save money.
“One of the things 3D printing does, especially for industry, is that it gives them an affordable way to do prototyping. If you’re a business trying to get through these tough times and you you have to do some sort of R and D, we’re definitely a good fit, ”Maki said.