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Bamboo 3D Printing

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Every narrative has a beginning, BambooVision's Vision began

with individuals who cared about the environment and feel that investing in bamboo is the next, most cost-effective approach in mitigating environmental damage. Developing and using the full potential of bamboo as a raw material for the benefit of humanity while remaining in harmony with mother nature.

This is an article on our future predictions of Bamboo 3D Printing.

Solving the High Costs of Shipping and Production of Bamboo Goods

The three big problems that bamboo businesses face:

Splitting the bamboo culm into slats
Splitting the bamboo culm into slats

1. Complex Bamboo Production Process

Bamboo does not have the ideal, whole body, for manufacturing - a producer must divide the circular body into many bamboo slats, flatten the slats, and then join it together as a solid panel before it can be used to manufacture solid commodities - like its wood counterparts.

2. Excess Bamboo Water Retention

Bamboo is not wood but instead lives in the family of grass. Therefore it contains more water than wood. Before gluing bamboo slats together forming the bamboo panels, a manufacturer must dry bamboo to a moisture content level of less than 7% in a dry room or tanks in order for the glue to function as needed.

Pressure tank (Drying the slats in tanks until the humidity  level is below 5% and get rid of the sugar)
Pressure tank (Drying the slats in tanks until the humidity level is below 5% and get rid of the sugar)

Slat station (Evening of all 4 sides of the bamboo slats)
Slat station (Evening of all 4 sides of the bamboo slats)

  • Bamboo has a density of around 40 pounds per cubic foot, which is comparable to oak. Because the bamboo panels are made entirely of bamboo - they will be slightly heavier than a similar-thickness oak plywood panel; even though most oak plywood contains a lower density species for the interior plies.

Image: Panel glue station

(Glueing of the slats together through pressure to form panels)

As a result: bamboo products require not only more production processes than wood, but also come at higher shipping expenses due to their density and weight. BambooVision saw only one possible answer to solve these problems: BAMBOO 3D PRINTING

Because of the entire circular economy, which is built on bamboo as the most sustainable bio-filler for a 3D printer to employ, bamboo 3D printing is the solution mankind needs. The method would slash production and transportation expenses immensely.

Bamboo 3D printing would not only serve to solve the complex manufacturing processes, transportation logistics of bamboo culms, and warehousing issues but would also provide an endless variety of possibilities to use bamboo as a raw material.

The Game Changer: Viral Tweet

In the year 2029, the world was in a state of natural resource depletion. With the scarcity of raw materials for industrial manufacturing and the destruction of the majority of the world's forest ecosystems, BambooVision was forced to enter the 3D printing market with its revolutionary Bamboo 3D printing technology.

 Bamboo 3D printing technology.

At first, no one was willing to invest in its concept, so it struggled to fund it, but that all changed after one tweet from a world-famous musician with over 40 million followers.

two cups created by bamboo 3d printed

The tweet was the boost it needed for bamboo to be recognized as the best instrument for healing the Earth.

Bamboo 3D printer - the "BB 3D Almighty"

Following the viral tweet, many investors and venture capital firms jumped on board and invested in the BambooVision 3D Printer initiative. BambooVision went all-in with its development of the initiative with its newfound resources - accelerating and taking 3D printing to unimaginable heights.

BambooVision introduced the first public usage for mass production into the market with the following model: BB 3D Almighty

The "BB 3D Almighty" is a supermarket-based stationary 3D printing machine that is unique, creating any shape within a 50 cm cube space. This allowed customers to order one of 30.000 pre-programmed products using an app on their phone where they will be notified after the printed production of their bamboo products, ready for pickup or delivery to their homes.

3D printing machine

Even as BambooVision grows in popularity in the worldwide market, it never forgets the community that has supported them succeed. BB 3D Print provides free design and customized product services to any user, with the caveat that the design must be available to other users.

BB 3D Almighty the 4th Generation -

The ultimative 3D printer

BambooVision went public in the US and Germany after launching their "BB 3D Almighty the 4th," which was immediately available in every supermarket, convenience store, and homegoods store in the US and Europe. Within two weeks of going public, their stock and worth increased tenfold.

"BB 3D Almighty the 4th" is a W3m x L5m x H2,4m printing machine that could print anything within a W2,5m x L4,5m x H2m space. It was dubbed the "Cube" by the bamboo community. Customers found the "Cube" to be the most convenient way to obtain any item they needed. The "Cube's" technology was so advanced that BambooVision was able to instruct it to create five different consistencies in order to build structures.

"BB 3D Almighty the 4th

The "Cube" was able to print everything and anything using bamboo with its revolutionary technology, including dream chairs, umbrellas, dishes, toys, and even toilet brushes. Customers no longer need to travel around to different establishments in search of the products they needed. Instead, they could use the BB print app to have the "Cube" print anything they could ever desire.

The "Cube's" success was due not only to its technology but also to the fact that BambooVision created a large, conscious community around bamboo. BambooVision incentivizes users to produce designs for the community where they would receive a 5% commission on their goods sold. Which has resulted in the development of over 150.000 products to choose from within the "Cube" pool.

Bamboo as a raw material for

3D printing

BambooVision spent five years looking for the proper components for its printer to come to life. For its 3D printer, the aim was to employ as much biomaterial as possible. Shredded bamboo powder, water, and various glues served as the basis for the printer. The bamboo 3D printer produced products of varying consistencies utilizing several kinds of glue to bind.

bamboo "3D Almighty the 4th

An AI then analyzes the objects that need to be printed and selects the most suitable glue for the job. BambooVision even took part in the "Formula One" circuit. Several "Formula One" teams utilize the "Cube" to manufacture their wheels and tools on the spot for their high-performance cars. They bypassed the need to ship all of their replacement wheels and tools around the world, in turn saving them from high financial costs.

What makes this material composition exceptional is that 90% of its constituents are organic that use bamboo as a bio-filler. This resulted in the greatest choice humans could make in turn reducing the harmful impacts on the ecosystem and the environment.

The bamboo 3d print supply chains

BambooVision's revolutionary supply chains shorten the production time and the delivery times tenfold. In comparison to many other industries, the investment for a full-fledged bamboo 3D printing supply chain is very low. BambooVision's major investment was in the development of its 3D printing system. Once that was in place, any future investments were so low that the cost of raw materials were less than 5% of their entire expenditure.

The quality of the bamboo was not an important element in their process; it was only used as a bio-filler. This basically means that BambooVision would only need to set up a small facility near a bamboo plantation or forest and would use every single piece of bamboo as raw material, including the leaves and roots. It would only require it in powder form, which simplifies transportation and reduces the required space and weight.

Bamboo 3D Housing Printer -

The only part of its process, that is not completely environmentally friendly, is the glue it uses which only accounts for 3% of the total material used for printing.

The profit margin achieved with this product was incredible; each item was sold by a fixed space size that the printer used - resulting in a 5000% profit for each item sold. With such a large profit, BambooVision was able to fund its research and plantation projects. BambooVision even developed legislation and policy around bamboo to ensure that they were always planting more bamboo than cutting it down.

Bamboo 3D Housing Printer -

BB 3D Living Pro

Bamboo 3D Housing Printer -  BB 3D Living Pro

BB 3D Almighty the 4th which was available in every supermarket, convenience store, and homegoods store was their takeover of the global market. The next logical step was to move into bigger object. BambooVision joined the housing industry with the BB 3D Living Pro.

BambooVision does not want to compete with other home 3d printing firms, therefore BB 3D Living Pro was not focusing on the higher market sector. Instead, they were solely focusing on the simple housing market for third-world nations. Their objective was to improve the living conditions of individuals in rural regions.

Their initial move was to launch their 3D home printing program, "The human fundamental rights," which includes three key components:

  • Provide their bamboo farmers with a no-interest loan for their 3D printed house, which they can repay with bamboo.

  • Offer any individual who intends to enter the bamboo farming sector a business chance to acquire a land-included house with a low-interest loan that they can repay with bamboo.

  • Purchase land and a printing house on the property, then rent them back to individuals at a low rate to pay off the bank loan while cap the profit margin on the projects at 10%.

BambooVision has always prioritized keeping their community with them, therefore they maintain the same lucrative program for its members. Any user was invited to develop a house design for the community, and they received a 5% commission on the sold house design. As a consequence, the BB 3D Living Pro pool contains fast more than 50.000 unique house designs to pick from.

Circular Economy of Bamboo 3D Printing

To begin, consider the linear economy, which is the polar opposite of a circular economy. This is the process through which a resource, such as a raw material, is extracted from its source and transformed into something useful. When it is no longer useful, required, or wanted, it is discarded. This take-make-waste cycle adds to garbage and pollution.

The circular economy, on the other hand, takes a more sustainable approach to the utilization of the planet's resources. There are three key concepts that should guide the operation of a circular economy:

  • Waste and pollution should be avoided.

  • Maintain the usage of items and supplies.

  • Restore natural systems.

Bamboo 3D Housing Printer -  BB 3D Living Pro

Bamboo heal the earth

Within 8 years, bamboo may be utilized to repair dead or dry land. During its development, it absorbs all of the chemicals and acids from the ground. Infertile ground can be used for farming again as a result of this process.

Bamboo forest create fresh air

The conversion rate of CO2 of bamboo leaves is one of its finest characteristics; bamboo leaves convert up to more than three times that of conventional leaves of other plants. Within 6 weeks, 80 percent of the bamboo leaves will have grown. You may breathe pure air while walking through the bamboo forest.

Low transportation effort

The notion of placing a shredder facility right at the bamboo forest would save transportation of the culm to the factory, bamboo panels to item manufacturers, and, more importantly, reducing the needed space for the shipment of bamboo as raw material.

Nearly zero CO2 pollution in the production

Aside from transportation, there is no stage in the manufacturing process that emits CO2.

Low packagings use

The items of 3D printing are specifically requested; there is no requirement for a single

item to be prepackaged.

Huge varieties of daily use products

With bamboo 3D printing, the number of products designs that can be provided to end users at a reasonable price is infinite.

No wasted policy

Focusing on biodegradable, reusable products and raw materials is the ultimate goal. The Bamboo 3D printing products would be reusable and biodegradable within 15 years estimated.

Circular Economy of Bamboo Businesses

Bamboo might play an important role in the transition to a circular economy by offering a feasible, bio-based substitute for non-renewable, carbon-intensive 'techno-cycle' materials. This fast-growing grass plant may be utilized to make a wide range of durable and consumable items, which can often replace those produced of man-made materials.


Saving the dying bamboo forest in South-East-Asia

By 2021, 80 percent of Vietnam's bamboo forests are dying and are in threat of extinction. Over the past fifty years, local farmers simply went to their forested areas to cut bamboo according to their needs in order to sell at local markets. With the increased demand for sustainability and bamboo products, local farmers had to begin clear-cutting more bamboo than they had previously needed.. Even though bamboo takes only three short years to mature, it still is not fast enough to meet demands of the market. Local farmers only focus on making more money for their families which caused them to clear-cut large bamboo trees without any thoughts of their age.

When bamboo is farmed before maturity, it destroys the growth of the entire bush. Bamboo is the world's tallest grass, but it does not fall under the family of trees. Bamboo does not grow as a single tree; rather, it grows in the form of a bush. When farmers cut down bamboo too early, it has an effect on the entire bush and hampers the bush's growth.

BambooVision used the profits, from their Bamboo 3D printing business, to establish a sustainable farming network throughout Southeast Asia. It employed a very simple system. It gave farmers free bamboo cuttings and sent a team out to help and educate the farmers on researched practices to plant and farm the bamboo bushes in a sustainable manner. The farmers went on to sign a contract where BambooVision guarantees the purchase of all planted bamboo bush at a higher price than the market value when it reaches the age of four years. With this system, BambooVision ensures that:

  1. All local farmers have a stable income to take care of their families;

  2. All bamboo forest have enough time to regenerate, grow, and prosper

  3. A consistent supply of bamboo is met as bio-filler for its sustainable 3D printing business

Bamboo 3D Housing Printer -  BB 3D Living Pro

Bamboo restoration efforts on

dry dead land

dry dead land

Most are unaware that bamboo is one of the most amazing and useful plants on the face of the earth. In comparison to other plants, one of its abilities is to grow a massive amount of leaves. Bamboo grows 80% of its leaves in the first 6 weeks, and the leaves continue to grow in size over time. Its leaves are able to convert up to three times as much CO2 than conventional plants, but that's not all! After a certain age, bamboo leaves become very strong and thick, with the ability to hold sunlight and create heat.

Decomposition characteristics of bamboo leaves revealed that 95% loss in mass would need around 2.8 years, but 50% of that decomposition would happen within approximately 8 months, which is a sufficient time to kick start the restoration process of drylands.

The bamboo restoration procedure is divided into three stages:

  • The first stage is the cleaning phase (1-3 years)

    • For the first three years, growing bamboo on dry ground requires a lot of fertilizer and water - Cow dung is the most suitable fertilizer for this stage.

    • The bamboo bush's roots begin spreading and loosening the dry ground.

    • Known as the cleaning phase because of bamboo's power to pull toxins out of the ground as it grows. In Vietnam, people used bamboo to clean the poisoned earth which was leftover from the Vietnam War.

  • The second stage is the cooling process (3-6 years)

    • By the end of the second year, the bamboo has grown large with densely packed leaves, casting a large shadow underneath it.

    • The bamboo then begins to shed its leaves. Due to its longer duration of decomposition and ability to block the sun's rays as they fall to the ground, the dirt underneath the leaves begins to cool down.

    • When it rains, the water stays longer under the ground because of the leaves, making it soft, creating the perfect environment for little creatures like worms, beetles, and other plants to live in. More pores and veins are formed inside the ground as a result and water is able to flow further - creating even softer environmental earth space for living organisms.

  • The third stage is the agricultural process (6-9 years)

    • After 7 years, or after two cycles of bamboo growth (3 years), the bamboo bush is robust enough to thrive on its own without our assistance. The bamboo can now hold the ground and keep it from drying out. It will grow so large and dominant that it will be difficult to plant other vegetation amidst it.

    • To cultivate the land, we must chop down the bamboo and burn its roots. One approach that has been utilized for centuries is to carve a gap of up to 50 m wide between sets of bamboo forests. Farmers are then able to take advantage of this plot of land, that is shielded from severe weather and excess sun exposure, using this approach.

small garden bamboo forest

BambooVision's ultimate objective is to balance the earth's ecology and avert climate change by planting a massive amount of bamboo all over the planet. They believe that by developing bamboo at earth space that reflects sunlight, the planet's temperature will be significantly lowered. They called this project ''The Bamboo Ark''.

Bamboo Oil as a replacement

for Palm Oil

Inhaling bamboo essential oil in a diffuser helps the body relax, and research has shown that the rich minerals and antioxidants found in bamboo essential oils are useful in fighting aging. Some claim to have utilized bamboo oils to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

Bamboo oil is created by crushing bamboo and infusing it along with sunflower oil. The oil is filtered after the active compounds have been added to it in order to eliminate the plant debris.

Bamboo's high cellulose content has been found to enhance appetite, prevent constipation, and boost digestion. Low-carbohydrate diets have been found to help prevent or alleviate the symptoms of some medical diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease.

BambooVision first entered the oil market with certain essential oil products and cosmetic goods, but as they became more efficient with their oil extraction technique from several bamboo species. Malaysia began to enable them to manage bamboo plantations on land damaged by palm oil plantations. Despite the fact that the volume of oil derived from bamboo is not as large as that of palm oil, the complete package of bio filler for printing and food manufacturing convinced the Malaysian government that it was a superior option.

bamboo oil, bamboo products, bowl of salt

Following the success of several projects in Malaysia, BambooVision was able to easily persuade other palm oil producing countries such as Indonesia, Columbia, Nigeria, and others to switch from palm planting to bamboo, giving them a major boost for their Bamboo Ark initiative.

Bamboo as efficient Biomass

Bamboo Biomass

Biomass fuels, once heralded as a significant answer to reducing carbon emissions and lowering the rate of climate change, have come under growing fire for their detrimental effects on deforestation, land degradation, and biodiversity loss. INBAR (International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation), on the other hand, believe that bamboo bioenergy can provide a more sustainable answer.

Bamboo is a potential biomass source for generating electricity, with a single bamboo pole capable of providing enough power for a rural family for a month. Small-scale energy production by gasification produces a clean gas with a byproduct of charcoal, giving two fuels for the price of one. The traditional combustion method, which generates both electricity and heat, is chosen for larger-scale power generation.

Bamboo offers several advantages over traditional biomass (e.g. fuelwood and charcoal). It grows quickly and can be harvested in as few as four years. It also produces a high yield – up to 40 tonnes per acre per year – providing an excellent rate of return on investment. Because the crop can be harvested continuously, it is a more dependable energy source than solar or wind. Perhaps most significantly, it may immediately assist in the restoration of degraded land by stabilizing soil and preserving watersheds, therefore saving land resources for the future and relieving strain on our surviving forest ecosystems.

With their Bamboo Coastline Project and the Bamboo Ark, which provide BambooVision with more bamboo than they need for their businesses, they were able to happily supply large energy and automotive companies with bamboo for the purpose of their Biomass fuel production.

Their goal is to replace bamboo with biofuels such as ethanol from corn, wheat, or sugar beets, and biodiesel from oil seeds, which are produced from traditional agricultural food crops that require high-quality agricultural land to cultivate but consuming and degrading too much farmland.

Bamboo Food Production

BambooVision expanded into an even larger market segment, the food sector, after generating enormous profits via their 3D printing business.

Initially, no one knew what to do with bamboo, but with time and a lot of marketing effort, they were able to persuade the western world that bamboo shoots are one of the useful health foods due to their high protein, carbohydrate, vitamin, fiber, and mineral content, as well as their low fat content. Especially given the fact that bamboo shoots have several health advantages.

Bamboo shoots have been shown in recent studies to offer a variety of health advantages, including improved appetite and digestion, weight loss, and the treatment of cardiovascular disease and cancer. The shoots have been shown to have anticancer, antibacterial, and antimicrobial activities.

Bamboo Food Production. breads

BambooVision began to venture with baking, utilizing bamboo and powder mix as the foundation for their bread-like goods. They quickly established themselves in the market owing to the lower cost of producing bamboo sprouts as a byproduct of their plantation for their 3D printing company in contrast to corn or seed.

Because of the bamboo's qualities, it was investigated as a very good component for the production of imitation flesh. This was a major step forward in the development of BambooVision in the food industry. Their Bamboo Burger and Ribs received several awards.

BambooVision was able to keep the price of their high quality food product relatively low and available to anybody thanks to the Bamboo Coastline Project and the Bamboo Ark, which generated a tremendous boost for their brand awareness.

With this article we want to spread the knowledge and idea around bamboo to the world.

Please contact us if you are currently working on any of those ideas; We are happy to share all of our experience with you, join and support you with whatever we have to offer.

We want bamboo 3D printing to become a reality because this would benefit all of us, especially mother earth.


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