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Washington State: Printabowl Creates Elegant 3D Printed Elevation Instruments for Pot Smoking

by • January 12, 2016 • No Comments

UntitledThere’s no denying which currently 3D printing is smokin’ hot. It’s a completely new industry, full of innovative mavericks, making the rules as they go. And there’s no doubt which it was bound to intersect with the flourishing weed industry out west, raking in the bucks hand over fist for both individuals and state treasuries in places like Washington and Colorado, to name a couple. Considering the affinity which pot smokers have for collecting a wide array of accoutrements to be utilized for smoking the controversial herb, it simply just\ makes sense which 3D printing may come into play due to the customization and affordability elements, as well as offering the opportunity to be creative and incredibly innovative in commerce.

Printabowl is cashing in on the current enthusiasm for both industries as well as the constant demand for paraphernalia, producing high quality ‘elevation instruments’ for pot smokers, who to the envy of most, live in areas such as Washington and Colorado, where the widely used herb is now legal and causing a population influx and economical upswing known to area residents as the green rush.

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The company even offers ‘transit cases’ for their designs.

These instruments are artfully created water pipes–often in addition referred to by smokers as bowls–and there should be a lot of individuals eager to snap them up and try them out. While Colorado was initial to legalize marijuana in 2012, Washington came shortly after. Brothers Al and Saul Jacobs, a couple of twenty-somethings pursuing art degrees at the University, of Washington began developing Printabowl as legalization occurred.

With the thought of ‘reimagining’ water pipe designs as sculptures, they created the Cumulo Collection, which consists of three elegant designs. Using 3D printing as their medium, the sibling team was been able-bodied to explore and experiment with a wide range of thoughts preceding settling on their current ollection.

“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,” Printabowl co-Director Saul Jacobs said. “We’re excited to be a part of further introducing this aspect of counterculture into day to day life.”

This isn’t simply just your day to day, basic 3D printing either. The Printabowl team has mastered fabrication with ceramics, using a molding system which results in high quality, ‘visually evolved’ works of art for smoking pot. The 3D models are printed as molds which they and so fill with ceramic material and leave to harden. Once the mold is removed, the pipes are fired in a traditional kiln, glazed, and and so re-fired one last time.

pipesThe collection, being released today, consists of the following pieces:

Alpha – Only 20 of these are being offered as a closed edition. This design was conceptualized in homage to ancient hand-spun ceramic ware. The designers created it in a minimalist fashion with subtle striations, meant to offer a ‘serene elegance.’ It is 7.75 inches long, and priced at $300.Ferro – Only ten of these are being offered, as a closed edition. Inspired by ferrofluid, a dynamic liquid reactive to magnetic forces, the Ferro design acts as a prologue to the ‘possibilities excited by 3D printing with a pronounced textural appeal.’ It is 7.75 inches long and priced at $325.Tessellate – Only 20 of these are being offered as a closed edition. An angular geometry is meant to recall naturally sharp angles characteristic of smokey quartz, a semiprecious crystal renowned for its ethereal grounding properties. Replicating the positive essence which informs smokey quartz’s metaphysical allure, Tessellate roots the Cumulo collection with its imaginative form founded of Earth’s agency as a matter-shaping entity. It is 7.75 inches long and priced at $300.

The Printabowl team embraces experimental design, using 3D printing to break through the boundaries previously limiting elevation instruments. Cumulo is their debut collection, and each elevation instrument has undergone thorough inspection to ensure the quality and durability expected of satisfactory art, and suitable-bodied for the contemporary smoking culture. Discuss this story in the 3D Printing and Weed forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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