In response to recent concerns about the potential plastic waste created by 3D printing, Saphium Biotechnology has released PHAbulous Philaments - a filament made of pure PHA, meaning that failed prints can be used as a fertilizer in your garden.
This product stands as one of the first generations of pure PHA filaments on the market, is produced using environmentally friendly processes, is completely compostable in soil degrading within 60 days and is manufactured with natural colours only.
All-natural: PHA (poly-hydroxy-alkanoates), is a compound that naturally occurs in microbes. They tend to accumulate PHA as energy storage molecules when they endure periods of stress and starvation. Optimising the conditions for these microbes produces the perfect PHA composition for a 3D printer filament, and it’s all-natural.
No toxic additives: The inclusion of toxic additives like Bisphenol A (BPA) have given plastics something of bad reputation as a printing material. Once the PHA leaves the microbes, it is perfectly fit for use, with no need for poisonous chemicals.
Compostable: As the raw material naturally occurs in soil microbes, it is also degraded by them. Once you bury PHAbulous Philaments in soil, they will degrade within 60 days in your compost pile at home or on the bottom of the sea! Soil microbes are eager for PHA and will feast on it, improving and fertilizing any soil.
Water resistant and UV stable: PHAbulous Philaments are water resistant and do not alter their appearance when exposed to sunlight.
No agricultural land needed / CO2 neutral: The microbes feed on carbon dioxide and hydrogen generated by the sun and degrade to carbon dioxide - a life cycle without any drawbacks or production of additional greenhouse gases.
- A lower melting temperature (145°C-150°C)
- A glass transition temperature below 0°C offers a more flexible material
- Water & UV resistant
About Saphium Biotechnology
The Saphium Biotechnology team has a background in biology, microbiology, genetics, marketing and sales. They first met at The University of Graz and in early 2015 decided to participate in IndieBio, an accelerator for synthetic biology.
Their kickstarter compaign is about to launch - rewards include biodegradable pens, posters and t-shirts with the life cycle on it, PHAbulous Philament spools and a 3D printed catapult to fight plastic waste! The top reward is to have the name of the backer written in the DNA of our microbe, and the protein structure will then be printed.