When it comes to quality, there’s an old adage that suggests that you’d never be dissatisfied with the best you can get. Sounds right I guess, but within the world of 3D printing there is one disproven case and that refers to PLA filament. With many benefits supported by the environmental movement, because it’s made from corn starch or other plant materials, it really is an excellent product. So if the supporters of sustainability decide to focus on that have they made a good choice? Sounds a little far-fetched perhaps, but this ‘exotic’ material is, by far, the most sustainable, renewable and environmentally friendly product on the market; now, and for no doubt, a long time to come.
It all starts on a fish farm somewhere in Jamaica. That’s not the only place that they harvest alga plants, but it is one of the most compelling stories surrounding this amazing 3d printing filament, where the raw material is almost free!
A bi-product of this situation is the fact that the farm no longer has to use harsh chemistry to control the algae, but now it’s simply removed from the water, using specially designed machines, on a 24/7 basis.
The lack of chemicals means considerably cleaner water which improves the overall health of the fish in the farm. In addition to this, the water can now be used in the local community, along with the fish stock to feed the hungry. It’s the fish, actually, that are the really compelling part of the story.
3D-Fuel stumbled upon the farm in Jamaica where a specific type of white fish spawns naturally; the only other place in the world where this happens is in Taiwan. The problem with Taiwan is that the aquaculture practices (aquaculture = fish farms) leave a little bit to be desired. Think open, raw sewage and you’ll get the idea! They freeze the fish, in some cases for up to a year, before they ship it to be served on restaurant tables around the world.
Now the fish coming out of the Jamaica aquaculture center are, of course, cleaner, healthier, fresh and, as mentioned, 3D-Fuel have arranged for some of them to be donated to the needy in the local population.
So if you’re looking for a 3D product that meets all your printing needs with the added bonus of feeling good about how it comes to market then you’ve most certainly found it!