We are going crazy over these gorgeous looking (and smelling) cutting boards by Swaine Street Woodworking. The lovely Jana Bookholt, Founder of the brand, meticulously crafts each piece from North American FSC-certified maple, with wood specifically chosen for colour and wood grain pattern.
We recently laser engraved a bunch for Jana in preparation for her holiday rush.
Of all the wonderful people who have walked through the doors of Hot Pop Factory since we opened two years ago, Elizabete Ludviks sticks out as a designer and lady boss who embraced rapid prototyping with open arms and struck gold as a result.
Elizabete is a masterful metalsmith who incorporates traditional and modern geometries into her hand made jewelry. When we met her, she needed a way to scale up production for her intricate designs to expand into the fashion jewelry market to compliment her existing fine jewelry collections.
The result was two new collections that were prototyped and manufactured at Hot Pop Factory via 3D printing and laser cutting. Both adding some colour and whimsy to her lookbook while increasing efficiency and profitability so she was able to spend more time designing, and less time in production. Take a look at the two beautiful collections.
The Nylon Geometrix Collection 3D printed SLS Nylon, various colour dyes
The Northern Lights Collection Laser cut and engraved acrylic, mirror finish, various colours
Just look at how polished, detailed and precise laser cut parts can be, right out of the machine too. That means, minimal manual finishing and a consistent product from prototype to market.
If you have a hand-crafted business and are not sure how to scale without risking quality or your margins, consider incorporating laser cutting or 3D printing into the production of a component, an entirely new design, or even the packaging and branding.
We’d love to see what you’re working on – drop by and tell us about your ideas.
Presentation is everything when it comes to retail. For many of our customers who sell their products in stores or at tradeshows, generic stands and podiums just don’t do their products justice.
For the premium flavoured toothpick brand Daneson, the solution was custom designed and laser cut displays made of blinging acrylic. The advantage – perfect product accessibility, ubiquitous brand messaging, and display longevity.
Check out Canadian brand Daneson and their beautiful Northern White Birch toothpicks infused with natural flavours. 1% of sales goes to forestry conservation!
Heading to a tradeshow or exhibition soon? Try laser cutting a custom display.
In the words of the designers:
“Each of the lamp’s unique fins are created by digitally carving away at a tree branch before they are perforated with offset, staggered openings. The light passing through these openings evoke the delicate, filtering effect of the tree’s canopy and foliage.”
Wood is a versatile and economical material to work with, when laser cut, it can be transformed into signage, decor, stationary, jewelry and very unique gifts. Find out more about the materials we stock and how to laser cut it on our laser services page. Need more inspiration for wooden projects? Check out the Hot Pop Factory Instagram feed!
It hasn’t been very long since our design school student days . That inspirational week after the assignment drops and the final week of all-nighters before the deadline feels just like yesterday. We know what it’s like to prepare for your final review and we are here to help you with your presentation model. Buy your materials at the shop and get it cut lightning fast.
In partnership with our neighbours across Grange Park, OCAD University, Hot Pop is offering a student and alumni promotion for 10% your next laser cut or 3D printing project. Check out the details on the Alumini Perks and Student Offers page.
Our friends at Humble Raja immortalized India’s great kings in a deck of playing cards so kick ass, you’ll want to frame them as art! Just because their Kickstarter campaign just ended raising 175% of their goal with $36,800, they are still taking pre-orders on their website.
As a part of their campaign, we had the pleasure of helping the founders produce a set of 4 coasters that corresponded to each of the dynasties featured in their deck. Intricate patterns in Indian motifs are a piece of cake for laser cutting. In fact, this kind of detail would in impossible for achieve with any other process.
Summer is in full swing and it’s a great time to get inspired and start that project you’ve been putting off all year. What better way to reinvigorate your creativity than attending Maker Festival!
The free event kicks off on July 25th with a week long series of satellite events across the city. On July 28th, our co-founder Biying Miao will be speaking about “what it takes to make” at the 33rd volume of Pecha Kucha Toronto, the Maker Fest Edition. It’s always a great time, get your advance tickets before they’re gone!
The week of maker events culminates with the main extravaganza on August 1st at the Toronto Reference Library. We will be exhibiting large and small scale laser cut and engraved projects made at Hot Pop Factory as well as a 3D puzzle making station. Works will include both our designs and client showcases.
We will also be conducting a contest to win 3 “Make Your Idea” prizes to use $50 of Hot Pop 3D printing and laser services. The free event is anticipating 10,000 attendees, come by and say hi!
All of our work comes from an obsession with the mixing of digital tools and physical products. We’re excited by how personalized data gets updated by the second, and how creativity can be explored within virtual reality and materialized through 3D printing. In comparison however, we find the form our physical world still trailing decades behind the digital, remaining relatively static and unchanged.
This is why our latest experiment Blush Wale was invented – to explore new ways of generating physical forms that evoke the insane dynamism of our digital lives. And so begins the making-of story that embraces both digital to analog. The piece is the first of a series of experiments that involve digitally designed objects that is then assembled by hand, aimed to create a meaningful connection between the user and the physical product.
“the making-of story behind the creation of an otherworldly sculpture that behaves like a futuristic multi-dimensional chameleon”
1. Custom-built software that generated the amorphous 3D form and precisely divided the volume into equally spaced 2D sections. 76 unique profiles were computationally generated and cut from ordinary sheets of plywood at the Hot Pop Factory laser cutting Toronto shop in 5 hours.
“76 unique profiles were computationally generated and cut from ordinary sheets of plywood at the Hot Pop Factory laser cutting Toronto shop in 5 hours”
2. 52 unique shades of color extrapolated from 2 eye-popping gradients were precisely mapped onto the surfaces of each section, and then transferred onto 42 sheets raw plywood via UV-cured digital printing.
3. The rainbow-spliced waffle structurewas constructed in 3 hours by slotting all the pieces together as a kit of parts. When displayed, the vibrant bi-directional surfaces slowly shifts its hue in a precise gradient as the viewer walks around it – from crimson red to sky blue, citrus yellow to ivy green.
“simultaneously real and virtual, solid and void, static and changeable”
Photo by: Gabriel Li
We were really happy with the results, the final piece inhabited both the 2D and 3D world as this multi-dimensional object from the future, possessing qualities that made it appear simultaneously real and virtual, solid and void, static and changeable. Our next step is to design functional housewares and furniture using the same process.
Blush Wale was exhibited at MADE Design, Makerfaire Toronto, and on June 11, it will be making an appearance at 3DXL – a large-scale 3D printing experience.
Leather and wood are two of our favorite materials to work with. There’s something both luxurious and comforting about them which makes them an amazing medium to experiment with. One of our amazing clients, Mark Simmons, uses these materials in his collection of artisanal goods called Lumbürr & Co. He combined laser cutting and engraving to create branded labels, straps, handles and smaller trinkets in this product line.
We love working with fashion designers and laser cut textiles. The results are always stunning and begging the question, how was that made?! Well, with the power of laser cutting, intricate patterns that can not be cut by hand becomes a piece of cake! Sharp corners, delicate curves and fine details are no more difficult to achieve on a laser than cutting boring old squares. This gorgeous belt by VAWK was designed by Sunny Fung for the Shangri-la Hotel in Toronto.