About this project
HBP®, HempBioPlastic: for a circular and sustainable economy, from the ground up! #Kanesis
We use hemp waste to create new biocomposites suitable for 3D printing and a wide array of industrial and personal applications!
We use industrial hemp to produce our 3D printable HBP® filament.
Henry Ford’s dream to "provide an industrial market for the farmers' products" has become reality with HBP®! Kanèsis is committed to developing solutions for a sustainable world. Based on natural materials and especially designed for the manufacturing industry, our innovative HBP® filament minimizes environmental impact and provides all-round benefits.
An all-natural filament for 3D printing
HBP® (HempBioPlastic) is a brown filament derived entirely from industrial hemp waste. It is a highly efficient product ideal for the new generation of 3D printers, ensuring great results with no environmental impact.
Our new filament is the result of more than a year of efforts invested in the pursuit of an ambitious mission by a skilled team led by two young and resourceful Sicilians: Giovanni Milazzo (24) and Antonio Caruso (28), founders of the startup company Kanèsis®. “The wide interest and involvement in our project convinced us that we were on the right track" explain Antonio and Giovanni.
700gr. 1.75Ø - 2.85Ø
The HBP® is a patent-pending ecofriendly material developed starting for industrial hemp with excellent mechanical properties and elegant venues that resemble wood.
PHC - Pinhole Canapa
Explore your creativity with the Pinhole Canapa! A 3d-printed stenopeic camera easy and simple to use that allow you to manage light, time and shot format. Materials used: HBP®, Coconut and PLA
Pinhole Canapa in HBP®
Vintage effect by Pinhole Canapa #1
Vintage effect by Pinhole Canapa #2
Vintage effect by Pinhole Canapa #3
PHC - Pinhole Canapa + 10 Hemp Canisters
Get the Pinhole Canapa + 10 Hemp Canisters (5 colors film c-41,5 black and white film).
Your very first 3d-printed Hemp Sunglasses! 100% HBP® (Designed by ME.Design)
The Kanèsis People
Inspired by the principles of Chemurgy - using agricultural raw materials to create industrial products - the Kanèsis team designs and develops products derived from hemp, the planet's most versatile, durable and ecological plant.
The company name is a play on words between Canapa (Italian for hemp) and Kinesis (Latin for movement).
"The Kanèsis people work every day to promote an innovative and environmental friendly way of thinking and behaving. Our aim is to contribute to an exciting new beginning for both industry and agriculture" the Kanèsis team explains.
From scratch to finished product
After an initial stage of studies and experiments, the first ideas started to take shape and eventually led to the development of a new and innovative product.
In April 2015, the company submitted an Italian patent application for the new biocomposite derived from industrial hemp waste, followed by an international patent application in April 2016. The HBP® finish resembles that of wood and has proved to be more efficient than other bioplastics on the market.
3D Printing Materials - PROPERTIES
- Detail of 3D printing with ABS
- Detail of 3D printing with PLA
- Detail of 3D printing with HBP® showing a higher quality bonding between layers.
Initial testing shows that HBP® is 20% lighter and 30% stronger than PLA (Polylactic Acid), the most common type of bioplastic currently used.
Although one of the first applications considered for the new material was the extrusion of a special filament for 3D FDM printers, HBP® can also be used in precision applications such as injection molding, with endless possibilities for future developments.
The people at Kanèsis imagine a future where sustainability and respect for the environment will be the foundation of industrial production. Their commitment and contribution to turn this vision into a solid reality focuses on the development of solutions aimed at replacing petrochemical products with ecofriendly and sustainable materials.
Hemp field in Catania, Sicily
The HBP® filament developed by Kanèsis is derived from hemp waste
Hemp - A 5000 year history
About 5000 years ago, wild hemp spread throughout Eastern Asia and was later introduced in India. This extraordinary plant was used in religious ceremonies, as an aid to meditation and for medicinal purposes as well as a source of fiber, oil and food. From the 5th century BC, hemp began to be cultivated in Europe, namely in Norway, Sweden, Germany and in the Celtic regions of the United Kingdom. Around 100 BC, hemp was also used for paper production. The plant was introduced into the Middle East by the nomadic tribes of central Asia. Historical records on hemp use trace back thousands of years. The Greek historian Herodotus (484 - 425 BC) described its use in funeral rituals; in ancient Rome, Discorides - physician, pharmacologist and botanist during Nero's reign - mentioned its medical uses in several papers (90 AD) and Pliny the Elder (23 - 79 AD) reported that hemp was used to make sails and ropes. In the 1500s, the cultivation of hemp began in South America, followed by North America a century later. Until the 1950s, hemp was used as raw material in various sectors, with Italy being one of the most important producing countries in the world, first for quality and second only to the Soviet Union for cultivated acres. Starting in the 1930s - 1950s, hemp cultivation began to rapidly decline for political reasons and due to pressure from the competing cotton, paper and petrochemical industries.
The HBP® filament has significant advantages compared to its direct competitors in the 3D printing sector, such as ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) and PLA (Polylactic Acid). In addition to offering an improved weight/volume ratio (lower specific weight), the HBP® filament is perfectly suited for FDM technology. The plant-derived microgranules embedded in its thermoplastic resin significantly improve bonding between individual layers during printing.
Drone made with HBP®
An HBP® printed object is therefore mechanically stronger than its counterpart printed with alternative materials, such as ABS and PLA, and about 30% lighter. Another strenght point of this innovative filament is its competitive market price.
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Risks and challenges
Extruding precision natural charged filaments, is not an easy task. However, we have developed a strong and reliable network of outsourcers (each of them specialized in its defined sector) that can permit us and our backers to feel safe. We decided to launch this crowdfunding campaign as we want to internalize the production process (firstly on a small scale) in order to progress with the R&D both on the HBP® and on other natural composites we are currently working on it (very soon you’ll have the chance to buy them on others kickstarter campaigns). We worked on this project in the last 2 years. We filed two patent applications (Italian and International) and we are currently working on several certifications (mainly those related to the biodegradability and compostabilty, to then move to human-contact and food-contact ones).
Regarding the 3D-printed rewards we are offering in this campaign (the pinhole and the sunglasses), we are very comfortable as we have already produced and tested several prototypes and mainly because these rewards have been designed in collaboration with some reliable actors involved in these sectors.
The pinhole camera has been designed in collaboration with the Compagnie-Imago (a photography Italy-based firm whose mission is to keep alive the tradition of the analogic photography), while the H-glasses has been designed in collaboration with ME.Design (an Italy-based design studio). These collaborations can assure the product's reliability and an ad-hoc post-sale customer service.
The funds raised through this campaign will be used to buy a first small machinery in order to internalize one step of the production process and to hire a researcher specialized in new materials (one of the team that currently work for free…everybody is working for free right now!). Even if we would not reach the goal, we’ll do the same (by looking at alternative forms of financing) as the growth strategy has been already set and we aim at developing a wide range of new biocomposites (both granules and filaments) to then move (in 3-5 yrs) to the research on biopolymers.
We, as team, are very committed for this project, and the expertise gathered in the team should permit us to achieve several goals. We are dreamers!
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