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PHAbulous Philaments - 3D printing: natural and compostable

We produce all-natural, nontoxic and 100% compostable plastics for 3D printing in a carbon dioxide neutral way.

PHAbulous Philaments - 3D printing: natural and compostable

We produce all-natural, nontoxic and 100% compostable plastics for 3D printing in a carbon dioxide neutral way.

€3,834
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46
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, August 21 2015 10:08 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 21, 2015

About

Saphium Biotechnology
Saphium Biotechnology

PHAbulous Philaments! We will produce compostable 3D printer filaments in an all-natural way! Only natural plastics, natural colors and no toxic additives!

Our product belongs to the first generation of PHA filaments! It is the first filament, that can degrade within 60 days in soil! Your printing waste can be used as a fertilizer in your garden!

We produce our raw materials on our own with a small microbe in big steel tanks!  We only need hydrogen, which is generated with photovoltaic plants and the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide to feed our little helpers.

In this process we are decreasing cost-effective the double amount of carbon dioxide emissions for every kg of PHAbulous Philaments produced and are independent of arable soil.

At the moment we are at the point of prototype development, but we aim to start our production in the upcoming year.

PHAbulous Philaments properties

All-natural

Our filament is made from poly-hydroxy-alkanoates (PHA), a compound naturally occurring in microbes. They tend to accumulate these PHA as energy storage molecules, when they endure periods of stress. We optimize the conditions for this microbes to produce the perfect PHA composition for a 3D printer filament. All-natural.

No toxic additives

Plastic got a bad reputation in the last years and the main reasons were toxic additives like Bisphenol A (BPA). PHAbulous Philaments do not require any poisonous chemicals added due to our new production approach. Once the PHA leaves the microbes, it is perfectly fit for use. No need for poisonous chemicals. 

Compostable

As our raw material naturally occurs in soil microbes, it is also degraded by them. If you bury these 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 - and improve and fertilize any soil.

Water resistant and UV stable

PHAbulous Philaments are water resistant and do not alter their appearance when exposed to sunlight. Enjoy a sunny day at the pool with your prints made of PHA!

No agricultural land needed and CO2 neutral

Employment of large quantities of resources is not needed! We save space for crops that can be used for food production. We feed our microbes on carbon dioxide and hydrogen generated by the sun and they degrade to carbon dioxide - a life cycle without any drawbacks or additional production of greenhouse gases. No need for pollution!


Printing properties

The properties of our raw material are different.

  • a lower melting temperature (145°C-150°C) 
  • a glass transition temperature below 0°C offers a more flexible material
  • water resistant and UV
PLA ABS and PHAbulous Philaments in comparison
PLA ABS and PHAbulous Philaments in comparison

Our team

our team
our team

Saphium Biotechnology is a well positioned team with a background in biology, microbiology, genetics, marketing and sales. We know each other from the university of Graz and are not just working together but are good friends. At the begin of 2015 we decided to participate in indie.bio, an accelerator for synthetic biology.

Rewards

Poster

Din A2 Poster with the Life cycle of our PHAbulous Philaments. It will be shipped with a bio-originated and biodegradable pen.

T-Shirt

A t-shirt of organic cotton with the Life cycle of our PHAbulous Philaments. It will be shipped with a bio-originated and biodegradable pen.

Life cycle of PHAbulous Philaments
Life cycle of PHAbulous Philaments

 3D printed catapult

A catapult made out of our PHAbulous Philaments. Join the fight against plastic waste.. or just play with your friends!

PHAbulous Philaments

Our PHAbulous Philaments are on experimental stage right now. Be aware of that. We put much effort in them to provide you all a great alternative to common 3D printer filaments. Regarding colors is nothing decide, but we will keep you updated.

Visit Saphium Biotechnology

Our small company Saphium Biotechnology is located in Austria. Visit us with a person of your choice and we show you what we are doing right now! (travel costs are not included!) We will explain and show you our research and production facility and end our tour with a guided tour in Christof's family winery. I hope you like wine.

Winery Winkler-Hermaden

Your name engraved in the DNA of our microbe

We will translate your name in DNA code and transform it in our microbe. To give you something in your hand, we will predict the protein structure of your name and send you a 3D model made of PHAbulous Philaments. Truly geeky reward.

Timeline

  • May 2015: We applied at IndieBio, an accelerator for synthetic biology in Cork Ireland, and were accepted!
  • June 2015: After a bad start with algae, we re-orientated ourselves and turned our focus on microbes.
  • July 2015: We start printing and testing with small amounts of PHA's that are available to use. Pretty much work.
  • August 2015: We present the first prototype!
  • September - December 2015: Optimization of production of PHA's in our microbes
  • Begin 2016: Start of small scale production of PHA  and further optimization


Partner

http://eu.indiebio.co/

http://www.acib.at/de/


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Risks and challenges

It is a long way to go from an idea to a ready to use product. We reorganized, gave birth to dozens of ideas and buried them again and restructurized experimental plans quite often. By participating in the IndieBio accelerator we learned how to manage problems and find solutions. A strong team, growing experience in every field and your support make us confident. With your help, the next milestone,the production our PHAbolous Philaments in a pilot bioreactor is very likely to be reached.

Our aim is to provide an alternative to conventional plastics. Our all- natural, non- toxic and compostable 3D printer filaments are a PHAbolous idea yet. Let an idea become reality!

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    Natural plastics lovers. Many thanks to you! We will put your name on www.saphium.eu. Please share our kickstarter campaign!

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    Poster of the PHAbulous Philament's life cycle and organic and biodegradable Saphium Biotechnology pen. Sadly not our plastics - but a good start for a greener future!

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    Get ready to print! We will send you 1 of the very first PHAbulous Philaments spool (1kg) in a natural color of choice. Limited, signed and numbered, since we do not have a lot at the start.

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    Get ready to print! We will send you the very first 3 PHAbulous Philaments spools (1kg) in 3 different natural colors. All-natural produced. Limited, signed and numbered, since we do not have a lot at the start.

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    Be the first to touch it! A 3D printed catapult made out of our PHAbulous Philaments. Fight plastic waste - or play with your friends! Including an organic, biodegradable Saphium Biotechnology pen.

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    The 3D printed catapult made out of PHAbulous Philaments. Including the poster and T-Shirt of our PHAbulous Philaments life cycle and the organic, biodegradable Saphium Biotechnology pen.

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    Get ready to print! We will send you the very first 3 PHAbulous Philaments spools (750g) in 3 different natural colors. All-natural produced. Including the life cycle poster and the organic, biodegradable Saphium Biotechnology pen. Limited, signed and numbered, since we do not have a lot at the start.

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    Get ready to print! We will send you the very first 2 x 3 PHAbulous Philaments spools (1kg) in 3 different natural colors. All-natural produced. Limited, signed and numbered, since we do not have a lot at the start. Including Pen and Poster.

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    Visit Saphium Biotechnology in Austria and have guided tour through our company including a 3D print workshop and a following visit of the winery of Christof (our CEO) www.winkler-hermaden.at

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    King of the geeks! We are going to write your NAME in the DNA of our microbe and print the protein structure of your name! Visit Saphium Biotechnology production facility, have 3D Printer workshop with a following visit of the winery of Christof! (our CEO) www.winkler-hermaden.at

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