Hot Pop Factory innovating at digital frontier


Gabrielle Austin
Biz/Tech Reporter

Hot Pop Factory owners Matt Compeau and Bi-Ying Miao apply their knowledge of digital manufacturing with artistic license.

The duo are always innovating on the next frontier of digital fabrication when they create their 3-D jewelry and custom products.

They will be the fourth of eight speakers featured in the inaugural Applied Technology Lecture Series. The event will be held at Humber’s North campus on Oct. 29  in Room B202.

The Hot Pop Factory is located in downtown Toronto company that uses SLS Nylon, ABS Plastic and a composite wood for its jewelry collections.

“Every material option is different for each 3-D printed piece of artwork,’’ said Miao.

Compeau will be speaking about digital manufacturing and mass customization, focusing on the digital trend. He will also be touching on where our identities live on the Internet and how that impacts the physical world around us.

‘’The series provides students access to non-traditional pathways in design,’’ lecture series Event Coordinator Elizabeth Fentura said.

Compeau and Miao said “they hope the lecture allows the audience the ability to see the physical environment as an experience that can be as flexible and agile as our digital world.’’

The next event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 12 and will feature Humber alumnus Andy Kikites speaking about engineering and design. The events are held bi-weekly every Wednesday until Dec.10.