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About Us

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Our Company:

Print Your Mind 3D was founded in early 2014 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where we still operate today. What started as a small local 3D printing service has grown to Canada's highest rated provider of professional desktop 3D printing equipment. We are official Canadian sales partners with industry leading 3D printer manufacturers including Ultimaker and Lulzbot. Not only that, we actually use the same printers that we sell in our offices every day. With over 5 years of 3D printing experience in Canada, you can rest assured that you are getting a printer that you can rely on and get the support you need when it counts.   

 

We Do More Than Just Sell 3D Printers:

We do more than just sell 3D printers, we create long lasting social impact in the communities we serve thanks to our Enviromaker initiatives around education, innovation, and medicine. A portion of every sale directly supports these initiatives. 

We Believe in More Than Just Profits

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People

We aim to have the greatest positive impact in all of the communities we work in. We work with hundreds of students, teachers, and professionals all over Canada to share our philosophy around 3D Printing for Good. Learn more about our work by visiting our Enviromakers Initiatives.

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Planet

Print Your Mind 3D is constantly working to minimize our ecological footprint. Using renewable energy to power our operations, using/testing and promoting eco-friendly filaments, and working to develop new recycling systems for waste material are just a few examples.

 

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Profit

The final piece to building a long lasting and sustainable business is generating a profit while keeping true to our values. Most importantly, we don't believe that financial sucess is in any way opposed with our key values of benefiting "people" and the "planet" through our work. 

Our Printers Are Powered by the Wind!

 

We are proud to be Canada's first 3D printer supplier whose operatons are fully powered by renewable energy. 

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What Have We Done?

Donated over 50 prosthetics to people in need around the world

 

 

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Inspired over 500 students, teachers, and volunteers to become agents of change

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Donated over $2000 to charities and non-profit groups who align with our mission

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Canadian Owner Operated

 

Our founder, Colin Pischke, still runs our day-to-day operations. When he isn't helping to pack orders with personalized hand written notes, helping with support inquiries, or following up to support new printer customers, he spends his time working with schools and other educational institutions to learn how to use modern technology to benefit people and the planet. 

 

Although our team has grown, we still are not a "Big-box" retailer. That is why we go the extra mile to make sure that your experience getting started with 3D printing is a complete success. It is this kind of personalized care and attention that you can expect from Print Your Mind 3D that you won't find anywhere else. 

 

 

What Do Our Customers Have to Say?

"Colin and Print Your Mind 3D have been fantastic since day 1 over 2 years ago. Always there when needed ... just great to buy from and work with. I would recommend his services to anyone !!"

 

 

Bob White

Calgary, Alberta

 

"Fantastic company to deal with. Products are excellent and Colin always goes above and beyond!!! In house brand PLA is awesome. Highly recommend them."

 

Doug Spahic

Okotoks, Alberta

"This is the third printer I have purchased from Print Your Mind 3D because of their competitive pricing, fast shipping and great customer service."

 

 

Randy Thompson

Calgary, Alberta

"So impressed with the Ultimaker 3 printer we bought from PrintYourMind. Customer service is outstanding. So happy I found your website while researching our 3D printer purchase!"

 

 

Leslie Follows

Toronto, Ontario

Projects

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Ten to One

 

We are on a mission to spread the benefits of 3D printing for good. For every TEN 3D prnters we sell, from June 1st to July 31st, we will donate ONE. We will donate this printer to a Canadian school or community hub who could otherwise not afford one.  

 

Donations

 

We are passionate about showcasing how 3D printing can be used to create solutions to real world problems which benefit people and the planet. That is why we started our Enviromaker initiatives and a portion of all profits directly support these projects around innovation, education, and medicine. As a fellow Canadian organization, Victoria Hand Project (VHP) shares this goal. That is why we decided that we had to team up with them and show our support. VHP is a non-profit who has developed their very own 3D printable prosthesis. Through partnerships with local prosthetists around the world in developing countries, they print and donate custom made prosthetic hands to locals. For the month of June, $5 from the sale of every spool of Print Your Mind 3D filament will be directly donated to VHP. Our goal is to raise $800 which is enough to fully fit two amputees with their Victoria Hands in the developing world.

Learn More

 

 

Robotic component product development with 3D printing
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Print Your Mind 3D's 

Hand-a-thons

Our Hand-a-thons are live events where students 3D print, assemble, and donate prosthetic hands for children in need around the world. Print Your Mind 3D sponsors much of the 3D printing, as well as the hardware needed to build the hands, along with co-organizing the event. After the events, we donate the hands to the Enable Community Foundation who distributes these to recipients around the world. These events are not extra curricular activities. They happen in schools thanks to the support of teachers and volunteers. Also, the students actually receive high school credit for participating through Innovate High School. In this way, the students are literally changing lives through their high school education.

 

 

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Sunday Project

 

Bilaterial Transhumeral Amputee

 

We are working with a team of doctors, designers, prosthetist, and engineers from across the world as part of the Medical Makers project. The recipient lives in a village in rural Nigeria where he was involved in an electrical accident resulting in the loss of both arms above the elbow.

 

The project was divided into two phases punctuated by a trip to Sunday in February 2017, by a member of the team. In Phase I, we developed a 3D scanning protocol in an effort to secure usable scans of Sunday’s residual limbs. Our Phase 1 design consisted of an entirley 3D printed socket, fore arm, and terminal device. 

 

We were able to learn from the failures of Phase 1 in developing a Phase 2 prosthesis which was developed closely with a professional prosthetist. This included a traditionally formed socket and purchased forearm with a 3D printed terminal device. 

 

As part of the final delivery in Phase 2, we also provided Sunday with an entirley traditional prosthesis for him to have a basis of comparison using a hook style device. We we very proud to have been able to work with and improve the life of such a deserving young man. Print Your Mind 3D covered the cost of prototyping and printing the majority of the various components in both phases of this project. 

 

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Material Recycling

 

Due to the nature of rapid prototyping, and 3D printing in general, when you develop the new iteration of your model - the previous one becomes obsolete. Also, working with FFF 3D printers creates waste due to support material, failed prints, and etc. The problem is that there is no current solution for what you can do with this waste material. We think it is extremely important to develop a solution for this.

 

Our Goal: Create a system which will allow large volume producers of waste material from FFF printers to recycle their old material to be converted to new usable filament. We will then use this material in the production of devices we need create solutions to real world problems which will benefit people and the planet.

 

We are currently piloting recycling projects with Westwood High Schools's Green Initiative Club, the Innovate Program, and we are currently seeking interested schools in Calgary. We also sponsored a capstone team of fourth year mechanical engineering students from the University of Calgary, to built our first prototype. This prototype will be used to refine the process of material recycling and develop systems to allow others to turn their waste filament into useful tools. 

 

We plan to take feedback and lessons learned from this pilot project to develop new equipment to recycle this waste on a larger scale.

Please contact us if you are interested in working with us in either: the development process, or if you would like to run a pilot project. 

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