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Additive Manufacturing SPECIAL SECTION
3DomFuel / www.3domfuel.com / HQ: Fargo, N.D. / Employees: Eight / Specialty: 3-D printing materials /
John Schneider, chief marketing officer: "Nothing leaves our facility that isn't within tolerance."

Material Minded

3domfuel creates precise filaments that promote a
sustainable 3-d printing industry. by tim o'connor

3domefuel formed from
three companies that
wanted to making 3-D
printing more sustainable.

Next time you reach for a cold beer
after work or order a caffeine-fueled
pick-me-up from the corner coffeehouse, you might be helping to make
additive manufacturing more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
In addition to its flagship Advanced
PLA filament, North Dakota-based
3DomFuel recycles byproducts from
the beer-making process as well as
from coffee and industrial hemp production to create filaments that can be
used in 3-D printers. Although plastics
remain the industry's prevailing material, 3DomFuel is meeting the demand for innovation.
"Buzzed," the barley-scented filament made from beer byproducts,
has found use in alcohol-related

items, such as 3-D printed bar coasters. "Wound Up," the coffee-based
filament, has a natural grain look
that lends itself to a wood substitute
for architectural models. It can also
match skin tones better than plastic
filaments, making it a good candidate
for 3-D printed prosthetics.
Sustainability is one of 3DomFuel's
founding principles. In addition to the
beer, coffee and hemp byproducts, the
company has a partnership with c2renew, a material designer and custom
compounder, to compound agricultural waste products into plastics that
can be used for filaments.
Although the materials are conventional, the functional use is similar
to traditional plastic filaments. It's a

fun and sustainable way to approach
the 3-D printing market, but John
Schneider, chief marketing officer for
3DomFuel, says it also demonstrates
the company's technical capabilities.
"The big thing here is having products
that help to tell a story," Schneider
says. "And it helps demonstrate that
we're willing to work with materials
others aren't used to."

Like-Minded Merger
3DomFuel formed last year when
3D-Fuel, 3Dom USA and 3Dom Europe
came together to create a 3-D printing
filament conglomerate. The companies decided to join forces after meeting at the Consumer Electronics Show
in January 2016, where they realized
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