Jan 13, 2016 | By Tess

In places like The Netherlands, smoking marijuana legally is nothing to write home about, as the recreational drug was legalized under a “policy of tolerance” decades ago in 1976. Elsewhere in Europe, as well as in the United States, however, talk of changing drug laws and actually legalizing marijuana has only come about in the past few years, and has been an understandably controversial topic.

In 2012, the states of Washington and Colorado made international headlines as they both passed laws effectively legalizing the sale and consumption of marijuana, with limitations of course, and an entire legitimate industry was born.

In the wake of the legalization of weed in Washington, two entrepreneurial brothers, Al and Saul Jacobs, decided to break into the bourgeoning market by starting a company that combined their passion for design and technology with their interest in the recently legalized substance, a 3D printed water pipe startup called Printabowl.

Their most recent collection, a series of 3D printed water pipes called the “Cumulo Collection”  is a closed collection and has just been released for purchase on their website. As stated on their website, “Printabowl reimagines elevation instrument design and production, creating practical pieces of fine art that challenge the limitations previously imposed by conventional production techniques.”

That is, 3D printing technology has allowed Al and Saul to design and manufacture previously impossible pipe designs that emphasize not only the look and style but also the function of the pipe. The complex and striking water pipes were made using 3D printed molds which were cast in a strong ceramic material and subsequently fired and glazed to achieve the maximum quality, and strength for the final finish. The designs themselves were inspired by organic forms such as crystals and liquids, and were “guided by the design principle that complex forms necessitate uncomplicated textures and vice versa”.

Printabowl founders Al and Saul Jacobs

“We think of these as pieces of functional sculpture,” explains Saul Jacobs.  “They’re made to exist and enhance the space we inhabit, not to be tucked away in a cabinet or in a shoebox under your bed. We’re excited to be a part of further introducing this aspect of counterculture into everyday life.”

Alpha, Ferro, and Tesselate pipes

The Cumulo Collection consists of three distinct pieces each made from ceramic: the Alpha, a minimal and sleek design, the Ferro, whose texture was inspired by ferrofluid, a magnetically reactive liquid, and the Tesselate, an angular geometric design that was inspired by smokey quartz. The pieces each measure 7.75 inches in height (19.68cm) collection and range in price from $300 to $325.

As talks of legalizing marijuana continue to gain sway in certain parts of the world, there is little doubt that 3D printing enthusiasts and innovative makers will contribute to the increasingly legitimate smoking cultures around the globe as Al and Saul have begun to do in an artistic way in Washington.



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Malcolm Kyle wrote at 1/13/2016 12:43:07 PM:

The discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is the single most important scientific medical discovery since the recognition of sterile surgical technique. As our knowledge expands, we are coming to realize that the ECS is a master control system of virtually all physiology. The total effect of the ECS is to regulate homeostasis and prevent disease and aging. The more we learn, the more we realize that we are in the infancy of this scientific field of study. The ECS is a control system which involves tissue receptor proteins, cellular communication and control, molecular anatomy and the scavenging of oxygen free radicals. This new field of science will change medicine forever and prove cannabis the gold standard for many disease processes. Its effect on scavenging oxygen free radicals is applicable to all disease processes and this is why it has such wide medical application and is considered a cure-all by many. The discovery of the ECS will replace the current medical system of managing and treating disease. Instead of management of symptoms after disease has occurred, we will prevent disease and cancer by manipulation of the ECS. Research and education of medical students involving the ECS is being intentionally restricted by politics. No justification can be made for the restriction of the scientific study of cannabis and the endocannabinoid system. What is the danger of providing government-grown and tested cannabis to researchers? Diversion of research cannabis for non-scientific or recreational purposes does not seem to be a serious threat to national security. By Dr David Allen

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