Arts, Crafts, & Technology Micro-manufacturing Centre

Main Project Contact:

Matthew Dares

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Project Name:

Arts, Crafts, & Technology Micro-manufacturing Centre

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ARI Team:

Matthew Dares
Lars Ekelund
Charles Neyando
Peter Snowshoe
Jeff Sutton
Patrick Gall


The Arts, Crafts & Technology Micro-manufacturing Centre (ACTMC) is located in Inuvik, Northwest Territories (NWT), and serves communities in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) and the Gwich’in Settlement Area (GSA). The objective of the ACTMC is to provide a fully-equipped and resourced space where the region’s artists can merge traditional methods and materials with modern technologies and production techniques in order to grow their small businesses and pursue existing and emerging economic opportunities.


The ACTMC provides the equipment access, technical expertise, training, and research services clients need to develop their businesses. The centre provides a focal point for skills and economic development within the growing northern knowledge economy. The centre provides access to small and medium scale manufacturing and crafting equipment, appropriate facilities for the work and, through partnership, the business development supports required our clients' needs.


The centre is located at 65 Veteran’s Way in Inuvik NT and serves the communities of the Beaufort Delta. To date, ACTMC has delivered training and provided equipment access in Tuktoyaktuk, Fort McPherson, and Ulukhaktok.


The ACTMC has the following equipment available including training on all equipment and software:

  • Direct colour UV printing
  • CNC milling
  • Laser engraving
  • 3D printing
  • Vinyl cutting
  • Leatherworking
  • Complete carpentry shop
  • Silk screening
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Computer lab with design software (Adobe Illustrator, V-Carve Pro, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software)

The ACTMC offers workshops, training, and materials/methods research supports on all equipment in the centre.

External Partners:

Gwich’in Tribal Council

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation 

Inuvialuit Community Economic Development Organization

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council 

Government of the Northwest Territories – Industry Tourism and Investment

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency