Extruded plastic baubles not your thing? Rapid-prototype firm Hot Pop Factory just unveiled the world’s first three-dimensionally printed wooden necklaces. Named after the northern forest, the limited-edition “Boreal” collection, uses recycled cherrywood filaments instead of the typical powdered nylon. Mixed with a binding polymer, the material even emanates the “slightest scent of charred wood” during the 42-minute printing process, according to founders Matt Compeau and Bi-Ying Miao, who use a Makerbot Replicator for their fabrications. The resulting curvature and heat-induced striations, much like fingerprints or the rings of a tree, are unique to each individual piece.
Their texture may be more plywood than hardwood, but the organic nature of the necklaces is no less compelling. “These pieces take advantage of cutting-edge technology while maintaining a subtle and sophisticated aesthetic,” the duo tells Ecouterre.
The sinuous planks boast an uneven “grain” that belies their industrial origin.
Strung up on either gold-filled or sterling silver chains, sinuous planks even boast an uneven “grain” that belies their industrial origin. Hot Pop Factory isn’t kidding about the exclusiveness of each item, either. Once a particular design is sold, it’s gone forever.