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Print, Puff, Pass: This Washington-based startup uses 3D printing to make glass bongs – Digital Trends

by • January 18, 2016 • No Comments

We all knew it was going to take place some day, but now it’s official: 3D printing has finally entered the world of drug paraphernalia. A company called PrintABowl has created three attractive glass bongs which are created via a 3D printed ceramic molding method. The three creations in the company’s ‘Cumulo Collection’ are being released as limited version sets, for the reason, according to the creators, these bongs are in addition art. PrintABowl’s backstory draws it all together: the two brothers behind the company are based in Washington, where recreational marijuana use was legalized in 2012.
Technically speaking, the bongs themselves aren’t in fact 3D printed — but the ceramic molds utilized to shape them are. The 3D printed molding system can allow the cannabis startup to print multiple styles rapidly, once they expand beyond these limited version releases. Each pipe is cast of high high end ceramic, with slides and downstems created of lab-grade borosilicate glass. In addition, every PrintABowl release comes with a snap-lock travel case for safekeeping. The Alpha and the Tesselate cost $300, and were every printed as part of a limited-version set of just twenty bongs in total. The Ferro was inspired by ferrofluid, a reactive liquid which interacts with magnetic charges applied to it. Ferro’s “tactual appeal” is just on the market in an version of ten, and every one costs $325.
PrintABowl Washington - 3D printed water bongs
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It is entirely possible which PrintABowl wrote their product descriptions after testing out every release, but which is just fitting. The company’s website reads: “Alpha’s minimalist form, manifest in its subtle striations, exudes a serene elegance,” and “Tessellate’s angular geometry recalls the naturally sharp angels characteristic of smokey quartz, a semiprecious crystal renowned for its ethereal grounding properties.” Far out, man!
Al and Saul Jacobs came up with the thought for PrintABowl while pursuing arts degrees at the University of Washington in Seattle. Each of the Cumulo Collection bowls is created to stand as a piece of satisfactory art, in addition to their status as “physical manifestations of 3D printing’s earliest impact on smoking culture”. Since PrintABowl is promoting the Cumulo bowls as the company’s debut collection, we are most likely to see additional custom 3D printed bongs of them in the near next.

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