We have covered numerous stories about an amazing company called 3Dponics. Their open source 3D printable hydroponics system has continued to evolve over the past year, with individuals from around the world downloading, 3D printing, and iterating upon these unique horticultural tools. Their community now stands at over 6000 members, and they have taken many strides to bring their system into STEM education around the world.
Today, 3Dponics’ CEO and Creative Director, Michael Golubev, has informed 3Dprint.com of their latest project, which on the surface appears to be a doozy, for more reasons than one.
“Today we announced the world’s first 3D-printable hydroponics system for medical marijuana,” Golubev tells us. “I think we finally found our path with this new direction.”
The system, which Golubev tells us is targeted toward “city dwellers”, makes the cultivation of marijuana a much easier and hassle free process. The 3D printable system features 3 separate parts — the planter, the pot, and the lid — all of which can be customized, shared, and 3D printed from virtually any desktop 3D printer. Once printed, these parts are easily snapped together, allowing you to create a marijuana growing system as small or large as you would like.
“We are focusing more and more on our Customizer,” Golubev tells 3DPrint.com. “Users will be able to create systems that specifically meet their needs (custom sizes, shapes, etc.). It’s free to use, play around with and customize, but users get charged if they want to save the file. They’ll also have the option to order the parts across multiple 3D-printing services (Sculpteo, iMaterialise, Shapeways, 3D Hubs, MakeXYZ).”
The customizer tool will be one of the means in which 3Dponics will be able to generate revenue, along with the sale and delivery of fertilizer, grow media and other supplies which will be available to customers via a subscription-based monthly service. This should also help the company attract future investors — investors looking to be part of a marijuana boom. Golubev tells us that they would love to garner the recognition of large investors such as Privateer Holdings, the Snoop Dog Fund and others.
Unlike more traditional marijuana cultivation, which takes a lot of time, experience, and knowhow, the 3Dponics hydroponics system makes the process extremely simple. In fact, once printed and assembled, the only human interaction required is the weekly filling of the reservoir with water or a nutrient solution.
“The stigma surrounding marijuana is disappearing now that more and more governments, including Canada and the U.S., are recognizing that cannabis is a major contributor to palliative care, helping people who suffer from a wide variety of illnesses manage their symptoms and lead normal, productive and fulfilling lives,” explained Golubev explains. “With our latest system, we are trying to give those people the tools they need to have cheap, open access to medical marijuana.”
In addition to this news, 3Dponics has also announced that co-founder and former CEO of Tweed Marijuana, and Chief Financial Officer of the Liberal Party of Canada, Chuck Rifici, has come on board as an advisor for the company. He will help them in making important decisions for this new marijuana cultivation system.
Whether you are a supporter of marijuana legalization or medical marijuana use, there is plenty of scientific evidence to back up the benefits of cannabis for medical purposes. With medical marijuana legal in over 20 states in the U.S. with more expected to come on board in the future, and the legalization of recreational use in Oregon, Alaska, Washington and Colorado, 3Dponics’ system could become quite a hit. Currently 15 states in which medical marijuana is legal in, allow for the cultivation of the plant by patients or their caregivers. The idea of having a very easy-to-use solution will greatly reduce the burden put on these individuals.
Of course, the debate over whether or not this system could be used for illegal means will be brought up, but in the end it appears as though the 3Dponics system will do much more good than harm. More complete rules for various states, when it comes to cultivating and using marijuana, can be found at the Procon.org website.
“I like to compare it to dynamite–of course, there are good and bad uses, but ultimately, it’s up to the people to use it responsibly,” Golubev tells us. “Here, we are just providing people with the tools and resources, and it’s up to them how they will use these things.”
What do think about this latest creation by 3Dponics? Will it greatly reduce the complications associated with growing cannabis? Will there be too many people using it for illegal means? What are you thoughts? Discuss in the 3Dponics 3D printable Garden for Medical Marijuana forum thread on 3DPB.com.