Mar.13, 2013 | Geraldine Bouvry

Back in February 11th this year, 3 days before Valentine’s day…

In Toronto, Hot Pop Factory teamed up with Untitled & Co and Draft Print 3D to host, for three unique nights, the 3D Printing Kissing Booth.

In brief, this event featured live 3D printing and scanning, with all attendees being given the opportunity to purchase a 3D printed miniature of themselves afterwards.

All celebrations such as Christmas, Valentine’s day, mothers’ day, etc… always prove to be particularly thrilling for the outsider eye, for that it can acknowledge people’s incredible creativity in launching new items or concepts.

This 3D printing Kissing Booth largely demonstrates this creativity. It would almost dethrone a Valentine’s bouquet of roses or a romantic diner and make them look old-fashioned…

Hot Pop Factory, the originator of this idea, is a collection of parametrically-designed, 3D printed jewelry and was created by Matthew Compeau and Bi-Ying Miao, both educated in architecture.

Both explain that “process is at the heart of it all. The idea of Iteration has been instilled in our brains since first year architecture school. With Hot Pop Factory, we are applying the same philosophies to a smaller scale - jewelry. For all the ideas that were too complex, expensive, impractical or just too wild to construct into buildings, we want to make into 3D Printed wearable ART”.

Therefore, no better opportunity than Valentine’s day to build on this expertise in jewelry and make it closer to a lively sculpture…

For Matt and Bi-Ying, this event was a step forward in their work as they “brought something that was done with our custom projects to the public for the first time”.

Interactivity, together with immediate rewards, were the core of these three successive nights. For a technology which usually involves designing your dream object behind a computer then getting it printed in one click, this event made the difference for attendees!

Glancing at the Hot Pop Factory “3D printing - Kissing Booth” facebook page and at the posted feedback, no doubt this event was a real hit. The fast scanning process contributed to the success and prevented the formation of endless queues: “the scanning process is really quick, less than a minute”, explains Hot Pop Factory, in response to one attendee’s time constraint. Expectedly, the 3D printing took longer and attendees were able to collect their replica after about one week. Slightly too late for those who had wished to offer their replica to their beloved one, on the 14th of February…

Diving into the actual technology, Hot Pop Factory designers used an X-box Kinect (a motion sensing device used in video games) to three-dimensionally scan a person’s form, which is converted into a digital model. People could see themselves being digitized on a projected image and re-takes could be asked for.

From that image, a 3D mini-object was then made out of corn-based plastic PLA. People were able to choose from a 10 cms bobble head ($89), a 8 cms statuette ($89), a cameo ring ($49) and a pendant ($59), available in white, gold, and silver plastic.


(Images: Hot Pop Factory)



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