Most 3D printing materials are made from plastic, but one new startup is aiming to change that — recycling beer, coffee, and hemp for use as printing materials. CNN reports 3DomFuel, a maker of 3D print filament based in Fargo, North Dakota, is mixing agricultural waste with plastics to create all-new materials.
Today, the company has successfully created a variety of materials, which they call 3D-Fuel. According to CNN, its first venture was coffee-based filament; co-founder John Schneider says the material is ideal for "printing novelty items like coffee filter holders and sleeves for cups" (though not coffee cups since it’s not high-heat resistant).
Beer and hemp filaments came next and, according to the company, the smell of the natural materials fades away shortly after printing — a plus if you happen to be pulled over while wearing a shirt made from 3D-printed beer.
According to the company’s website, the beer filament — aptly called "Buzzed" — comes with "a rich golden color and a noticeable natural grain," proclaiming, "Now a stein printed with Buzzed is a true ‘beer stein.’"
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