Our love and admiration for Hot Pop Factory and their 3D printing skills is well documented (here and here), and the Toronto-based duo behind the brand, Bi-Ying Miao and Matthew Compeau, continue to push the envelope with 3D printing and their mission of designing collections of geometric goodness, including one of the latest that 3D prints wood. Lucky for us, they’ve agreed to walk us through the process of creating their recently launched, one of a kind collections, Boreal and Platonix, in this month’s Deconstruction.
Digital sketches of the Boreal Pendant design – with variations that are algorithmically generated.
Each Boreal pendant variation is made on a 3D printer using a composite material consisting of recycled cherry wood and polymer. The 3D printed wood actually emanates the slightest scent of charred wood during the printing process.
Each pendant’s form is defined by a soft curvature and heat-induced striations which, like fingerprints, are unique to every piece.
After the 3d printing process, each piece is hand-finished.
The Boreal collection is made with 18K rolled gold and sterling silver chain and handmade findings.
Here is the finished product of the Boreal Type II Necklace.
Here is the finished 3D printed wood necklace.
Digital sketches of the Platonix Circle Earrings design – with variations that are algorithmically generated.
Final Product: Three variations of the Platonix Circle Earrings in 3D printed in black nylon.
The Platonix Type II pendants are made with gunmetal findings.
Final Product: Platonix Triangle Bracelet in yellow. The nylon material has a flexible and durable quality that lends to the wearability of the collection.