It seems like every day a presidential candidate is declaring that they will make America great again. But what does that really mean? What really made America great? Well, one of the things that made America great was hemp. That’s right, hemp, the much maligned cousin of marijuana. According to the North American Industrial Hemp Council (NAIHC), both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp. Benjamin Franklin used hemp in one of his mills, and Jefferson even drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper. It doesn’t get more American than that.
Hemp was used to create everything from paper to rope to sails and clothing to fuel, and has been used as aconstruction material. 3D printing innovators have been experimenting with producing hemp filament. As previously reported, the Italian company Kanesis has been experimenting with a hemp bioplastic filament, as has Brooklyn-based Matter Lab. Today there’s some great news for hemp aficionados: 3Dom has just announced their newest offering, a hemp filament called Entwined.