Article by Benedict, 3ders
Cannabis industry experts Ashley Herr and Paige Colen have created “Potent Rope,” an edible cannabis 3D printing filament that combines a water-soluble thermoplastic polymer with different cannabinoids and terpenes tailored to the user’s needs.
When you think of “green” 3D printing filament, two things generally come to mind: materials that are colored green, and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Potent Rope, a new 3D printing filament developed by sisters Ashley Herr and Paige Colen, adds a third meaning: cannabis.
Herr and Colen, both of whom have been in the legal cannabis industry for around a decade, have joined forces to develop Potent Rope, an edible cannabis 3D printing filament that allows cannabis users to 3D print small edible objects with precise cannabis dosages. They have reportedly been using a Filabot EX2 extruder system to develop the edible material.
“Rather than taking a 10 mg liquid gel capsule full of cannabis oil or a tablet, how about 3D printing a 7.5 mg poodle, or Eiffel Tower, or a tiny rocket ship?” Colen asks. “This filament will allow for us to tailor make specialized cannabinoid profiles that will specifically address any individual’s requirements.”
The sisters say they have been developing the product over the last three years. During this time, they’ve come up with a suitable formulation—a water-soluble thermoplastic polymer that can be mixed with different cannabinoids and terpenes—and have received a publication notification from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. They are now looking to produce their unusual 3D printing filament on a large scale.
And who wouldn’t want to get involved with this project? With legalization occurring across the U.S. and elsewhere, it’s clearly a great time to get involved with cannabis-related ventures, and Potent Rope might be one of the most exciting business ideas of them all. The sisters have already formed agreements with cannabis companies in Nevada, Maryland, California, and Colorado.
To make their cannabis 3D printing filament, Herr and Colen first dry and decarboxylate cannabis oil, which activates the oil’s THC (the main active ingredient in cannabis). This dried oil is then mixed with a water-soluble thermoplastic.