Digital Trends has caught a whiff of yet another industry additive manufacturing is about to disrupt. And that industry is that of marijuana.
Yup, you heard that right – Marijuana!
Startup Potent Rope has developed a new edible cannabis filament for 3D printing. “Produced in two standard sizes of filament (3mm and 1.75mm) and usable in any standard consumer 3D printer, Potent Rope is made with an FDA-approved water-soluble thermoplastic…This thermoplastic is combined with pharmaceutical-grade excipients and active cannabis extract, before being extruded into a standard-sized filament.”
As with many other 3D printed products, this “cannabis extract can be custom tailored with differing levels of cannabinoids, as well as terpenes.” Potent Rope’s Chief Operating Officer Paige Colen explains: “With 28 states and the District of Columbia, as well as over 20 other countries, having already introduced some form of legal cannabis laws, cannabis and the people who use it — whether medically or recreationally — are starting to see the negative stigma associated with its use decreased.”
“Whether the consumer is printing their own dosage, or a dispensary is doing the printing for direct sale to consumers, the consumers will fall into either the medical or recreational category. As far as what consumers can create, we are hoping to launch our dosage specific CAD designs by the end of the year, but there are also a growing number of 3D printers that offer open-source software. The world is [really] their oyster, or poodle, or Eiffel Tower!”
Potent Rope is currently negotiating with state-licensed processors in Maryland, Nevada, Massachusetts, and California.
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