During this period, Giovanni Milazzo, CEO&Founder of Kanèsis participated to the contest Start-Up academy with the idea to produce paper by using hemp cellulose, and to realize the project in a old paper mill of his city, Catania.
All started with a cooking pan experiment. Generated by the doubt about the difference in mechanical properties between hemp particles and fibers. By seeing that the hemp particles mixed with the PLA had way more strength in a plastic matrix, that experiment became the first step on a long road.
After meeting Antonio Caruso, Co-Founder of the project, they presented the patent application. But the concession was not so easy, because of the existence of other eight documents on hemp fiber: but our patent was based on the use of a different part of the plant and not the short hemp fibers.
HBP®: Filament for FDM 3D printers
After 3 months of industrial experiments and tries with our partners LATI spa and FiloAlfa, the first prototype of a 3D printing filament produced from hemp industrial waste was born. We named it Hemp Bio Plastic, HBP®.
Expo called us to present our project in the Sicily pavilion, it was a good occasion to structure new collaborations with companies and privates.
Standardization of raw biomasses in granulometry and humidity to achieve better performances.
MICA srl was born
After a study conducted in Milan in collaboration with LaMPo, it comes out that adding the hemp shives to the PLA matrix was way better that including wood dust. This study is well explained down in this page.
We decided to enter in the 3D printing market by launching the new brand Hemprinted to sell both filaments and printed objects.
Production of FDM 3D Printers
It starts the coworking with MakeSustainableOrganization to realize FDM 3D printers of Delta type. This printers are produced with less components and by the use of printed HBP joints that links the aluminium chassis. Light, reliable and well designed to be used by everyone.
New Material: PRUNED
New Material: WEED
From the hemp threshing in Sicily, the waste of flowers and leaves standardized with the same parameters as the HBP filament gives life to this more elastic new material, naturally green coloured: Weed.