While we’re all occupied scrambling to find out what 3D printing will be applied to next, two brothers in the state of Washington are taking the technology along for a ride upon the high road, so to speak. After the state legalized the recreational use of cannabis back in November 2012, University of Washington art students Al and Saul Jacobs decided to create Printabowl. Their goal was to redesign the traditional water pipe to represent a ‘functional sculpture’, and they decided to use ceramic-based 3D printing in order to achieve it.

Al and Saul Jacobs

Al and Saul Jacobs

The duo uses an organically computer-generated design; their water pipe models are inspired by the effortless form of crystals and liquid. The fractal-like designs are 3D printed initial as a mold, and are and so filled with ceramic material and left to harden. The ceramic material is and so fired in a kiln, glazed, and fired once additional to produce a sleekly black, organically shaped water pipe. Though it is uncertain precisely what 3D printer is utilized to create these molds, the company itself was “inspired by the possibilities opened by 3D printing technology”, according to their website.

Tesselate-2-white“We ponder of these as pieces of functional sculpture. They’re created to exist and enhance the space we inhabit, not to be tucked away in a cabinet or in a shoebox under your bed,” said Printabowl co-Director Saul Jacobs. “We’re excited to be a part of further introducing this aspect of counterculture into day to day life.”

Their collection is called the Cumulo Collection, and it showcases three distinctly created, limited edition water pipes ranging of $300 to $325 in price. There’s the Alpha, which is based on minimalistic ancient hand-spun ceramic design, the Ferro, which is inspired by the reaction between a dynamic liquid and magnetic force, and the Tessellate, which represents the shape of a smoky quartz. The Jacobs brothers created it a point to create their water pipes to act both as a smoking device and an art piece.


Though the Cumulo Collection is created with the easy-to-reproduce method of 3D printing, the brothers have created each of their ceramic water pipes limited to either 10 or 20, making it much additional unique and museum-fit, if you will. Printabowl is hinting at a future where 3D printing will help merge the world of high-end design and cannabis beyond the traditional glass-blown pipe. As marijuana is slowly but surely being accepted by states across the United States, the Jacobs brothers may just simply have a big hit…cough…on their hands.

Tyler Koslow

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Tyler Koslow is a Brooklyn-based writer for 3D Printing Industry, and has in addition produced content for publications and companies such as Dell, Brooklyn Magazine, and Equity Arcade. His content is focused on a wide range of topics which include tech, gaming, and music . Tyler is in addition a habitual instrument player, a writer of fiction, and generally all around fun haver. Tyler succeded in a Bachelor’s degree studying English-Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida in 2008.