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A great gift is something that holds the intangible and personal stories inside its physicality. This one is simply about about family. Amy from Love on Sunday collaborated with us to create elegant tokens that commemorated each of her loved ones through the extended experience of gift giving, and gathering around a Christmas tree.

We can just imagine the magical experience for each member of Amy’s family, from getting that first peak of their name on an immaculately wrapped gift, to the anticipation, then surprise of the unveiling, and finally gathering up the packaging remains to craft a personalized wooden ornament to adorn the tree together.

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hot pop factory loveonsunday wooden laser cut gift tag ornament

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You can read Amy’s story on her blog, and see more pics of her incredible interior design and styling work on Instagram.

For another clever and easy gifting idea, see how Marcel’s hand drawn bow tie is made!

If you have an idea of your own, get in touch to start your own laser cutting project!

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The weather may be cold, but advent calendars are now open and the countdown to Christmas is on! If you’re anything like us, you love making Christmas presents for loved ones. You may already have a sketchbook full of present ideas, but you’re not sure when you will get around to making them all. Why not let robots do the grunt work? You can get started laser cutting faster than you think.

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Our friend Marcel made this bowtie directly from a drawing in his sketchbook. After doodling the bowtie on paper with a thick black marker (keeping in mind any area we don’t mark will be cut away) he scanned the design into Adobe Illustrator. Then, using the “Live Trace” feature, he converted his drawing into lines our laser cutter can follow, and voila! Robots did the rest of the work for us.

Check out the materials you have to work with here, and then go ahead – draw your Christmas presents this year!

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Hello fellow makers! With holiday market season coming up, we put together some inspiration, and useful tips to help you prepare for a knockout booth display and efficient production to maximize sales. Just keep scrolling.

And for those of you who are exhibitors at the One of a Kind Christmas 2016 Show, you can redeem your 10% discount at the bottom of the page!

Inspiration: 5 Ideas for Signage and Booth Displays

Great signage ideas ranging from $90 – $200

Birch Wood Laser Cut Signage for Jennifer See Studios
Wooden Letter Sign Designed by : Jennifer See Studios

Laser Cut Birch Wood Cut Out Letters
Plywood Cut out Signage Designed by : Peace and Cotton

acrylic laser cut sign for Krane
Two-colour Acrylic Sign Designed by : Krane Design

mirror acrylic laser cut sign
Mirror Acrylic Sign Designed by : Selena Wong

Live Edge Wood Sign
Live Edge Wood Engraved Sign Designed by : Maggie Coblentz

Have a signage idea for laser cutting? Get in touch for a quote.

 

Tip: Speed up Production with Laser Cutting and Engraving

Curious about what else we can do for artists like you? Here’s more inspo… If your work involves cutting and engraving fabric, leather, wood, acrylic, and paper, laser cutting and engraving can save you tons of time and stress, check out these examples! You may also want to check out our full guide to the materials we can cut and engrave.

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Custom Engraved Wooden Cutting Boards by : Swaine Street Woodworking

Laser engraved leather tags
Leather and Felt Tags by : Lumbürr Co

Laser Cut Acrylic Heart
Laser Cut Neon Pink Acrylic Hearts by: Metropol Cards

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Laser Cut Veneer Paper Invites by: Hot Pop Factory

Related Projects: Retail Signage for Village Juicery, Reinventing Classic Board Games with Laser Cutting, UNCUFFED Laser Cut Leather Fashion.

Our Beautiful City of Craft

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November is when we are pumped for the holidays. It’s…. production time at the shop and we are running 2 shifts this year to make all the things!

We will be working with many talented makers across the city to help them with Christmas rush production again this year and we can’t wait to see the wonderfully unique goods, market displays and gifts that come out of it. Topping our list of local markets this year is City of Craft! We couldn’t be happier to be sponsors again.

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We know all about the challenges of Christmas production, designing a sweet table, and marking hand made goods as independent makers. We’ve been there ourselves! That’s why we’d like to offer all registered CoC vendors our laser cutting and laser engraving services at a discounted rate of 15% off!

While you think about how to apply this sweet deal, here’s some inspiration to help get those creative juices flowing:
•     The Ultimate Guide to Laser Engraving Materials
•     Retail Display by Daneson and Re:Creative
•     Wooden Signage for Village Juicery
•     Fun Flat Pack Display for Twitter Canada

We just can’t wait. See you all at the event, details below!

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Images courtesy of City of Craft, Doublenaut, and Becca Gilgan

wooden corporate gifts laser engraved

Toronto made, custom branded, natural wood products your clients and staff will love!

Corporate gifts should be high quality keepsakes that puts your message top of mind. Hot Pop Factory’s brand new customizable products are designed with eco-friendly local materials like wood, leather and recycled paper packaging, made by passionate designers and craftsmen. You’ll find all the juicy product details and order info in our FREE 2016 Gift Guide, which you can sign up for below!

Here’s why you will love what’s inside:

•     Show your Eco-friendly side with something unique and locally made
•     Build lasting relationships by giving quality handmade goods they won’t find anywhere else
•     Stay top of mind of clients in the coming year, make 2017 fantastic!
•     Show love to your team, they are amazing and worked hard this year
•     Save money on impersonal advertising, a gift with a personal touch goes a long way

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Sign up for your FREE Gift Guide download link!

 

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As the holidays approaches, you will want make your before the November 11th deadline to book your production time. As a thank you for giving us a head start on production, we will be offering a 10% discount on your order! So don’t wait, Sign up for the FREE Gift Guide today!

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Leanne is a maker, dreamer and designer. She is Toronto’s go to person for everything from otherworldly wedding experiences to new age beer bottle design and she also happens to be one of our favourite people to work with. Her aesthetic can best be described through her work which ranges from innovative chic all the way to quirky cool.

Last week we had the opportunity to sit and speak with Leanne about her work, her process and how innovative laser cutting techniques have impacted the way she approaches her projects.

How about we start with introductions?

Leanne: I’m an art director who has a background in design, production and installation. I work with clients to bring their ideas into the real world and create experiences which are truly unique and memorable.

Tell us about some of the challenges you’ve faced through your work?

Leanne: The pieces I’m often asked to design are quite large in scale and have really tight installation timelines, so choosing the right material to work with is absolutely key. It needs to be light enough to hang but also strong enough that it holds it’s shape. My clients are also very particular about the polish and finish of the final outcome and thanks to Hot Pop Factory, I’m able to make this happen every single time at an affordable price.

Talk to us about some of your recent projects?

Leanne: My projects usually vary quite a bit in complexity and scale. Last year, I was working on a project with a Day of the Dead theme which was quite fun. There were a number of pieces that needed to be designed to pull the whole thing together including stencil cutting and spraying over 50 pumpkins in one day. I used a mix of stock illustrations and my own vector art to create the stencils. Understanding how a stencil works is really important, the lines need to be thick enough to block the spray paint from bleeding together. Once I had my vector art ready, I took Matt’s help to pick a material which was a slightly bendable plastic. This worked really well for heavy use and allowed us to bend them a bit to fit different shaped pumpkins.

To know more about what materials might best suit your project, visit our Laser Cutting Materials page!

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You clearly enjoy working with stencils, tell us about that?

Leanne: As a kid, I was fascinated with stencils. The ability to block out an area to paint or spray paint a pattern repeatedly was awesome! I could brand things, create patterns on just about any surface. Laser cutting gives me the ability to create my own designs through stencils with really precise results. This would never have been possible without the techniques we have today.

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So what’s next for you?

Leanne: It’s a really exciting times for me, I’ve been working on my personal branding and website, which should be launching really soon. Till then you can always follow me on Instagram at @leannekelly.ca.

end of summer workshops

With only one week left of summer break make the most of it! Learn some new skills, make some new things, or start a new project. End off your summer on a high note with some of these crafty maker workshops.

Silkscreen Printing Crash Course

Silkscreen printing is a great way to make custom prints and designs for things like posters, T Shirts and so much more. In this crash course you’ll learn how to make silkscreen designs, and by the end of the day you will be taking home your own original silkscreen prints.

August 27, 11am-6pm, Harbourfront Centre, RSVP 

Woodshop Certification Training

If you’re new to woodworking tools, this 3 hour training session at the Toronto Tool Library is an excellent way to get started. You’ll learn how to safely use woodworking tools such as the table saw, thickness planer, jointer, router table, band saw, sliding compound mitre saw and belt sander. After receiving your certification you’ll be able to use the tools at the Toronto Tool Library to build your own projects.

August 27, 10am – 1pm, Toronto Tool Library, RSVP 

Build Your Own Terrarium

Bring the outside in with some decorative indoor planting. Crown Flora Studio is teaching participants how to make their very own terrarium this summer in a 2 hour workshop. Using materials available at the shop such as geometric glass containers, glass orbs, decorations and tools, you’ll build your own terrarium and then package it up to take home.

August 27, 10am – noon, Crown Flora Studio, RSVP 

Learn How to Use a 3D Printer

In this workshop you will learn how to use the 3D printers that are available at the Toronto Reference Library’s Digital Innovation Hub. The library staff will be training members on how to prepare and design files for 3D printing, how to use the 3D printers safely, and going over 3D printing best practices. After the course you’ll be able to independently use the 3D printers available at the library to build your own creations.

August 30, 2-3 pm, Toronto Reference Library, RSVP 

Shoemaking 101

In Shoemaking 101 you’ll be learning everything about the anatomy of a shoe. Participants in this workshop will find out about the many components that go into making a shoe, how to choose suitable materials and footwear design. In the workshop you will be able to try out all the tools and equipment used to make the shoes such as leather crafting tools, power tools and sewing machines.

September 6, 4-7 pm, Art and Sole Academy, RSVP 

Photo via: Crown Flora Studio

maker festival toronto

For this year’s Maker Festival we created a Maker Museum to showcase some of the unique and interesting products our clients are designing with 3D printing and laser cutting. We featured projects with innovative fabrication techniques, such as Studio Lulo’s Fusion Stool, and rarely heard of materials, such as alumide – a mix of aluminum and plastic. Keep reading to learn about each of the amazing designers and processes behind each of these cool designs.

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Designers clockwise from top left: Miloshka, Love Lettering, Justine Latour, Vawk, Sous Sous, and Studio Lulo

Decorative Wall Hangings by Miloskha

Kira Varvanina, the designer behind Miloshka, makes safe and sustainable baby decor products such as mobiles, wall hangings, and night lights. To make the adorable designs, Kira first creates the vectors for laser cutting and then silkscreens each of the pieces before gluing them together.

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Custom Signage by Love Lettering

Doris Wai is an OCADU graduate who loves lettering and illustration. For Love Lettering she designs really beautiful custom signage for business and events such as weddings and birthdays. She does everything from chalkboard signs to paper to laser cutting.

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Laser Cut Fashion by Justine Latour

For her thesis project for the Ryerson School of Fashion, fashion designer Justine Latour used laser cut acrylic for her collection Au Natural. The collection was inspired by female censorship, and seeks to make an artistic statement about issues of gender inequality in current censorship laws and policies. By using transparent laser cut acrylic Justine wanted to celebrate the natural beauty of the female form. After the pieces were laser cut they were brought over to Club Ink for the digital print and then were stitched together with transparent thread.

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Laser Cut Leather Belt by VAWK

The gold and black leather belt we featured at Maker Festival was made by none other than Sunny Fung of VAWK . This custom belt was designed specifically for the Shangri-la Hotel in Toronto and was built with several layers of laser cut leather. By mixing two different colours of leather and layering them together it gives the belt a really luxurious feel.

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Illustrated Pins by Sous Sous

Selena Wong is an illustrator and artist who makes fanciful broaches and paper goods. In her projects for Sous Sous you’ll see cats pouring tea and magic bunnies going for a walk. Each of her unique designs are laser cut and then hand painted.

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Fusion Stool by Studio Lulo

We’re in love with the Fusion Stool by Studio Lulo  by Jose Narvarrete. We’ve even featured it on the blog here before! To make this this organic looking stool Jose laser cut each of the layers individually, glued them all together, and then sanded the stool down into one smooth surface.

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Designers clockwise from top left: Ludviks, Uncuffed leather, Zoran Dobric, Zoran Dobric, and Ludviks

Geometric Jewelry by Ludviks

Elizabete Ludviks makes intricate and innovative jewelry designs with 3d printing and laser cutting. For her 3d printed cube necklace we used aluminide, which is a mix of aluminum and plastic with a slight sheen. All the cubes of the necklace are printed within each other, so the piece comes out of the printer all ready to go! Elizabete also uses 3d printed wax in order to do lost cast waxing, and has made really beautiful necklace and earring designs from mirrored acrylic.

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Laser Cut Leather Scarves by Uncuffed Leather

Olga Barsky, the designer behind Uncuffed Leather, used to do all her leather pieces by hand with an X-Acto knife. Recently she has moved over to laser cutting to speed up the process and also help with some of the more delicate details. Olga’s work has also been featured on the Hot Pop blog.

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 Laser Cut Jewelry by Zoran Dobric

Zoran Dobric’s laser cut crown was a huge hit at Maker Festival. For this piece Zoran designed the laser cut file, which was used on black acrylic, and then each piece was sewn together with black elastic.

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wooden corporate gifts laser engraved

Toronto made, custom branded, natural wood products your clients and staff will love!

Branded gifts do not have to be tacky or bound for the trash. Hot Pop Factory’s new customizable products are designed with eco-friendly local materials like wood, leather and recycled paper packaging. You’ll find all the juicy details and order info in our FREE 2016 Gift Guide, which you can sign up for below!

Here’s why you will love what’s inside:

•     Show your Eco-friendly side with something unique and locally made
•     Build lasting relationships by giving quality handmade goods they won’t find anywhere else
•     Stay top of mind of clients in the coming year, make 2017 fantastic!
•     Show love to your team, they are amazing and worked hard this year
•     Save money on impersonal advertising, a gift with a personal touch goes a long way

Hot Pop Factory Value Proposition Graphic

Sign up for a FREE Gift Guide!

Loved by:

Our Clients

As the holidays approaches, you will want make your before the November 11th deadline to book your production time. As a thank you for giving us a head start on production, we will be offering a 10% discount on your order! So don’t wait, Sign up for the FREE Gift Guide today!

3d Printed Nylon

Each 3D printing project is unique in it’s own way. Sometimes you want something to be strong, or finely detailed, or with many interconnected parts. For almost every design need there’s a unique material consideration. Here’s a quick introduction to all the interesting materials you can 3D print with at Hot Pop.

ABS & PLA Plastic

Resolution  3/5  Durability  4/5      Cost   3/5

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ABS is a really strong thermoplastic. If you think an object might be dropped or handled (such as a phone case or chess piece) then ABS is the best option. PLA is also a thermoplastic and is very similar to ABS in terms of its physical properties.  The main difference is that PLA is a biodegradable plastic that comes from natural resources such as corn starch. The materials are typically printed on a FDM 3D printer which is very good at producing simple geometries at low to medium resolution, perfect for preliminary prototypes to test out an idea. 

 

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Nylon

Resolution  5/5     Durability  5/5    Cost   4/5

3d printed nylon

If you’re working on a project with lots of interconnected moving parts use nylon. With nylon you can make functioning hinges and gears right out of the printer. It’s strong while also providing some flexibility if you print thin parts. Details can be as small as 0.7mm, and it’s available in standard colours.

Alumide

Resolution  5/5    Durability  5/5      Cost   4/5

3d printed alumide

Alumide is a mix of fine aluminum particles and polyamide power. This strong material is the perfect solution if you want something printed in metallic colours or with moving parts. Similar to sandstone it has a brittle surface that is somewhat porous, and can be used for fine details (minimum 0.7mm).

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Full Colour Sandstone

Resolution 4/5   Durability  2/5     Cost   5/5

3d printed sandstone

Sandstone is the only 3D printing process that allows you to make full colour prints so it’s perfect for figurines or small sculptures with lots of colour. You can get a lot of fine details with sandstone (minimum 0.7mm thickness) and it’s quite strong with a slightly brittle texture.

3d printed sandstone

3d printed sandstone

Wax

Resolution 5/5   Durability  1/5     Cost   5/5

For Jewelry and finely detailed parts, 3D printed wax is an excellent way of making moulds. It let’s you work on really finely detailed parts on the computer so you can cast structures and engravings that would be otherwise impossible to achieve with manual methods. Similar to other forms of 3D printing, the wax is melted in the printer and then solidifies once printed. If you’re accustomed with lost-wax casting, 3D printing can help save you a step in the process.

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If you have any questions about a 3D printing project you have in mind, get in touch!

Images of rings via Elizabete Ludviks