Blending together a traditional Chilean technique with modern 3D printing process, the Chilean studio gt2P (an abbreviation of ‘Great things to people’) have created this elaborate joinery system. Crafted in either aluminium or bronze, ‘Suple System’ has been first employed in the design of this simple side table made of FSC-certified Rauli beech indigenous to the forests of Chile and Argentina. The piece was presented along with gt2P’s modular ‘Cracked System’ at Milan’s Ventura Lambrate in April.
More about the system:
‘SUPLE is a fixation system that allows joining elements with “several legs” into a single connector piece. 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 moulds. From these moulds 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 mould, 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.’