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Architects Bi-Ying Miao and Matt Compeau turned their love for design into Hot Pop Factory, a company that makes 3-D printed jewellery

Architects Bi-Ying Miao and Matt Compeau run their startup from the living room of their one-bedroom apartment in Toronto

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Each piece is created with computational design tools we use to design buildings, and fabricated with a Makerbot Replicator

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Several prototypes of each piece were made before the designs were finalized

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Dimension 3D print machines build functional 3D models from the bottom up, one layer at a time using tough, lasting acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) thermoplastic - the same material that LEGO uses to make its blocks

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Makerbot 3D printer

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These klip earrings are derived from geometric formations mimicking shards of mountainous rock that has withstood erosion and weathe

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Hot Pop Factory uses a laser cutter to make its packaging

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Hot Pop Factory packaging

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Stratigraphia is the name of the company’s first line of products - it uses emerging technologies to create intimate adornments for the body

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This 3D printed pendant - called the peaque - fans out in an array of geometric formations and hangs from two intersecting antiqued bronze chains

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This articulated mesa ring is characteristic of the natural formation of an isolated hill

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According to Hot Pop Factory’s website: The accretion of barely visible layers, inherent to the additive manufacturing process, means every piece acquires a unique ‘fingerprint’ distinguishing it from others like it

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Matt Compeau and Bi-Ying Miao show off 3D printed necklace

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