Suple series by Great Things to People
Published on February 22, 2012
SUPLE is a fixation system that allows joining elements with “several legs” into a single connector piece. As the Chilean traditional suple used in the construction field, it enables articulating different elements that cannot connect by themselves. Suple’s parametric algorithm makes possible to create connectors for a wide variety of objects such as tables, chairs, benches, stools and others, because it is possible to adjust any parameter and crossing this DNA with a design function.
This time an occasional table was created. The SUPLE piece is made in aluminum and bronze using traditional techniques after 3D print molds.From these molds a cast of silicone is shaped (negatives). Then, the 3D printing is removed from the inside and filled with wax (positives). When removing the silicone mold, the wax is covered with a ceramic shell made of a kind of glue and sand. A casting cone is made to bring the metal into the shell, melting the wax at the same time.
The legs of the occasional table were turned by hand, taking as reference the 3D printing pieces, and its cover was cut by CNC machinery of NOT Fabrication. Finally, the wood was treated with varnish effect of “not painted”, so that it retains its natural color, look and texture. This integration of digital and traditional processes made it possible to move from the 3D printing to the craftsmanship, to obtain unique pieces. Made of steel and wood, Suple is the first Chilean design that uses Raulí with dual FSC and Fairtrade certification in its manufacturing process.