Many examples of analog products are going digital, most recently the Moleskine app and the Apple watch.
This is a making-of story of an otherworldly sculpture called Blush Wale that embraces the reverse transition - digital to analog.
The piece by Hot Pop Factory, a design and fabrication firm specializing in laser cutting in Toronto, is the first of a series of experiments that involve digitally designing full color objects that are then printed via UV curing and assembled by hand. This construction process is intended to created a physical connection between the user and the other-worldly object.
The resulting sculpture is strangely beautiful, appearing simultaneously 2D and 3D, it's new aesthetic for digital fabrication.
Blush Wale will be on display as a part of DX 3DXL - A Large Scale 3D Printing Exhibition starting June 11th, 2015 in Toronto.
Design and Fabrication by Hot Pop Factory
Photography by Gabriel Li
How the distinctive creature was made in 48 hours:
1. Custom-built software generated the amorphous 3D form and precisely divided the volume into equally spaced 2D sections. 76 unique profiles were computationally derived 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 structure was 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 as the viewer walks around it – from crimson red to sky blue, citrus yellow to ivy green.
Hot Pop Factory was founded by architecture graduates Matt Compeau and Biying Miao to explore ways of producing customizable products that uniquely takes advantage of digital fabrication processes.