Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Kyoto Hemp Forum - 3D Printing

3D printing is a relatively new technology (about a quarter century) that gives us the ability to make what we need when we need it. The simplest way to explain 3D printing is to call up the memory of the old dot matrix printers that spit out small jets of ink onto paper for printing. The next logical step was the decision not to stop at just ink and paper, but use the computer to place materials in the precise locations to make whatever we need.    

For example, we can make clothes that fit, food that is delicious and nutritious, cars that drive themselves and planes that travel great distances. We can even build buildings and body parts. Of course it can all be done using hemp and other non-toxic materials.

Chris Conrad’s book HEMP: LIFELINE TO THE FUTURE (HLLTTF) calls hemp, this amazing plant ‘Earth’s Premiere Sustainable Resource.’(vii) Nowhere is this more applicable than in the world of 3D printing

Hemp’s versatility can fuel the new age printing (3D, 4D, 5D plus what’s next) evolution.  Hemp fabrics, plastics, papers, woods, foods, adobe, hempcrete, etc. are perfect raw resource materials (ink / filament) to fuel this evolution.

Kyoto Hemp Forum’s Paul Benhaim is introducing his brand of hemp plastic 3D printing filament, ink on July 2, 2016.

Hemp based 3D printers and filaments eliminate the need to abuse precious resources by using a stronger, non-toxic plant.  The 3D printing technique called ‘contour crafting’ builds a 2,500 sq. foot structure in less than 24 hours. This allows us to build with rounded edges that wind does not damage, and mix building materials for waterproofing, reducing indoor radiation and fire resistance. 3D printed body parts are already in use.

Chris is right. Hemp is not only our lifeline to the future, it is our lifeline to the present too, just in time for the future.

Please post your thoughts, videos and photos in the comments sections. As we build and implement the Action Plan for implementing the hemp solution and other smart actions, we're sharing ideas. Thanks.

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