Trailrider Research Partnership
The Trailrider research partnership between Toby’s Cycle Works and Langara College will investigate the effectiveness of a retrofit electric propulsion system to the Trailrider off-road wheelchair. The addition of electric propulsion is intended to increase the range of terrain available to the Trailrider “pushers” (those pushing the device) and broaden the scope of users (those familiar with or new to using the device) by making the Trailrider easier to propel over long distances.
Injection Moulding Machine
This second phase RSAF funded project looks at the creation of an open-source plastic injection moulding machine made from simple and inexpensive parts. This machine, combined with the shredded plastic from the first phase RSAF funded project, will be used to inject recycled plastic into metal moulds that we will be CNC milling on the Makerspace’s 5 axis mill.
Fabrication is under way! This Fine Arts research project, developed in collaboration with City Studio and the City of Vancouver, looked at the issue of “Heat Islands” (urban areas being considerably hotter that rural or natural areas) and how this issue was affecting residents of the Downtown Eastside (DTES). Once fabrication is completed these seats will be powder coated bright colours and negotiations will resume with the DTES community on installation locations.
This RSAF1 (https://langara.ca/about-langara/applied-research/RSAF/ ) funded project is the first phase in the fabrication of a plastic recycling/repurposing ecosystem based on the work of Dave Hakkens and Precious Plastics .
Our Plastics Shredder will, in its second phase, be coupled with a Langara built (Makerspace!) plastic injection moulding machine. We will be exploring these new tools,technologies and ideas as a means to reimagine plastic waste.
These proof of concept tools are aimed at building a mobile, self-replicating toolkit that can be used to begin addressing the issue of marine plastic pollution, micro economics, and design thinking in remote locations on the BC Coast. Stay Tuned – Get involved!
The Prud'homme Library
Make Believe: The Secret Library of M. Prud’homme, A Rare Collection of Fakes
The exhibition Make Believe: The Secret Library of M. Prud’homme, A Rare Collection of Fakes houses fakes and forgeries from the recently-discovered Prud’homme Library, ranging from rare vases to space exploration logs, false obituaries to oil paintings. The project is multidisciplinary, engaging public participation through hands-on interactive stations, 3D printed objects, literary readings, creative workshops, and a digital library. Historical documents are mixed with contemporary works by Canadian writers and artists, encouraging tour-goers to ask questions about authorship, history, story, and make-believe. The exhibit is travelling to Halifax, Toronto, Saskatoon, and Vancouver from March 2019 to August 2019. More details can be found at: www.prudhommelibrary.ca and on Instagram @prudhommelibrary
with City Studio
This Fine Arts research project, developed in collaboration with CityStudio and the City of Vancouver, looked at the issue of “Heat Islands” (urban areas being considerably hotter that rural or natural areas) and how this issue was affecting residents of the Downtown Eastside. Students researched, developed, and presented a number of creative design solutions in collaboration with residents and agencies in the DTES, presenting their finalized solutions to the City of Vancouver. The selected ideas are to be fabricated and installed soon!
Electric Dreams Headpiece
Fine Arts instructor Suzi’s latest project called the Electric Dream. A headpiece with heart.