3D Printing Technology + Hemp = New and Amazing American Opportunities
Written By: Christine Dantz
3D printing technology and hemp are coming together in Fargo, North Dakota. Entwined, a hemp-based 3D printing filament is now available, thanks to a partnership between 3D printing company 3Dom USA and bio-composite company, c2Renew. The filament is made from industrial hemp. For now, because of limited options in the U.S. for industrial hemp, the U.S. company contracts with a company in Manitoba, Canada for the hemp.
Hemp stem showing fibers.
Currently, the U.S. is losing out to an estimated $581-million-dollar hemp product industry.
What are some examples of common hemp products?
According to the North American Industrial Hemp Council, hemp can be used to create over 25,000 products.
The future looks better. More states are bypassing the Federal ban on hemp farming. As more companies realize the benefits of using hemp materials for their products, more pressure can be placed on the Federal government to overturn the U.S. ban on hemp farming and processing.
Vintage California Hemp Field
Hemp, the clean, eco-friendly cotton-alternative is an old world solution to a new world problem. Long before the cotton gin, hemp was the material of choice for clothing and the history of using hemp material dates back to China during the Second Century B.C.E.
The combined strength and quality of hemp and 3D printing can create superior products without dirty cotton and toxic plastics. When properly cultivated with quality seeds, hemp fibers are stronger, more absorbent, and better at resisting mildew than cotton.
3Dom USA and c2Renew have tested Entwined to verify the hemp-based 3D printing filament will work with any PLA equipped 3D printer. The 3D printing filament has the potential to boost micro-manufacturing operations and diversify products sold in America.
Technology, hemp, and the power of e-Commerce can also add jobs and boost small businesses across the country.
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