Arts, Crafts and Technology Micro-Manufacturing Center (ACTMC)

Aurora College, Inuvik, Northwest Territories
What the facility does

Provides access to manufacturing and shop equipment to allow clients to leverage technology to the benefit of their commercial art and profitability

Areas of expertise

The Arts, Crafts, & Technology Micro-manufacturing Centre (ACTMC) combines traditional arts and crafts with modern manufacturing technologies to create a unique innovation opportunity in the Beaufort Delta Region of Canada’s Western Arctic. The ACTMC also provides training, mentorship, technical support, research services, and business development resources to support the arts and crafts sector of the regional economy. These services help artists meet the growing demand for authentic Indigenous and northern cultural products, and also serve as an economic development tool and innovation enabler for the regional arts and crafts industry.

Research services
  • Access to equipment and space
  • Technical support
  • Design support
  • Training on equipment
  • Applied Research
  • Courses
  • Workshops
  • Remote centre support
  • Mobile delivery services and training
Sectors of application
  • Arts and cultural industries
  • Education
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Manufacturing and processing
Equipment Function
DCS 1800s Direct Color Systems UV Printer Printer that uses UV curable ink to print on a variety of surfaces (canvas, fabric, plastics, metal, other hard surfaces, vinyl)
Prusa SL1 SLA 3D printer (resin)  Stereolithography 3D printer (resin) used for creating models, prototypes, patterns and production parts in a layer by layer fashion. 
Prusa MK3S MMU2S (3)

FFF (filament) 3D printers.

 

Fused filament fabrication 3D printers are used for manufacturing where filament is fused together to fabricate a solid part.

Prusa MK2 (2) FFF (filament) 3D printers
Ultimaker 2 FFF (filament) 3D printer
LulzBot TAZ 6 FFF (filament) 3D printer
LulzBot Mini FFF (filament) 3D printer
CriCut Maker (8) Cuts materials (vinyl, leather, mat board, fabric) quickly and accurately
Graphtec Vinyl Cutter Large format professional vinyl cutter (3ft cutting width)
TRUArt Pyrography Kits (8) Wood burning equipment for pyrography art on wood, leather, and other materials
Bottle Cutter Tool for cutting bottles to make glasses, vases, etc.
Button Makers 1- and 2-inch. Tool for making promotional or artistic pin-on buttons.
Desktop computers (12) Desktop computers for design and equipment control
Microsoft Surface Studio High end touchscreen design computer
Sewing Machine Table Top Consumer sewing machine
TechSew 402 Industrial Fur Sewing Machine Heavy duty fur/leather sewing machine
Baby Lock Embroidery Machine 10-needle embroidery machine capable of working with most fabrics and promotional clothing, including hats
JUKI Sewing Machine Industrial heavy duty sewing machine
Serger Sewing Machine Industrial serger (sewing) machine
Glowforge C02 laser cutter/engraver

12”x24” 40 watt consumer grade Desktop laser engraver

CO2 laser cutter/engraver suitable for engraving and cutting materials (leather, wood, plastics, glass, etc. )

Epilog Mini 40 watt 12”x24” industrial grade laser engraver CO2 laser cutter/engraver suitable for engraving and cutting materials (leather, wood, plastics, glass, etc.)
Epilog Fusion 5 watt 28”x40” industrial grade laser engraver CO2 laser cutter/engraver suitable for engraving and cutting materials (leather, wood, plastics, glass, etc.)
Epilog Fusion Pro

60 watt 20”x32” industrial grade laser engraver)

CO2 laser cutter/engraver suitable for engraving and cutting materials (leather, wood, plastics, glass, etc.)

Formech Vacuum Former Plastic vacuum forming machine for making molds of objects. Suitable for forming parts, prototypes, and packaging.
Silk Screen Printing Equipment Flash dryers (2), belt dryer, single colour vacuum tables (3), four colour screen presses (2), light table, screens, inks and paints
Carpentry Shop Fully equipped carpentry shop, including: 12” double bevel sliding  DeWalt Mitre Saw; SawStop Table Saw, Tabletop router table; Festool Track saw (circular saw); 6” wide upright belt, 12” disc Delta Sander Upright; Dewalt DW535 13” thickness planer; Planer Craftex 12” Helical Carbide wood planer; DeWalt Biscuit Joiner; General 8” Jointer; Beaver 14” wood band saw; DeWalt scroll saw
Band Saw - Metal Band saw for metal
CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machines (8) X-Carve 36”x36” CNC machine for wood and plastic (2), Carvey enclosed desktop CNC Machine (2), and Nomad desktop CNC (3) for wood, plastic, non-ferrous metals
  • Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC)
  • Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC)
  • Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT)
Title URL
Inuvik's micro-manufacturing centre creating items for essential workers during pandemic https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/inuvik-micro-manufacturing-items-front-line-workers-1.5535486
Inuvik gets arts and crafts manufacturing centre and solar panels https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/inuvik-micro-manufacturing-solar-panels-1.4984928
Micro-manufacturing centre gets $196,500 in federal funding https://nnsl.com/inuvikdrum/micro-manufacturing-centre-gets-196500-in-federal-funding/