I LOVE creative smoking pieces, SO obviously after seeing that 3-D printed bongs were a thing I had to have one in my collection.
If you have a 3-D printer there are files on the internet for printing your own. But I don't have a printer so I decided to go with one that is pre printed for me by Lifted Innovations.
This blog post is a review of my new 3-D printed bong
Also I'm going to talk about cleaning it and the safety of using it.
Building the Bong
On Lifted Innovation's website you can easily choose your own pieces and colors! It's easy to do, the only hard part is choosing which pieces in what colors, there are SO many choices!
Here's the bong that I designed
If you would like to read my original blog post in which I design the bong on their website click here , if not then just keep on reading.
After purchasing the bong, it took a few days for the bong to be printed. I received an email confirmation when it was done being created.
A second email came through shortly after saying it had shipped and I was given a tracking number.
The bong was packaged in a UPS box, so it looked discreet. The only clue to its contents was in the customs declaration that said "Smoking Pieces" but if you're ordering within the US I don't think the contents need to be disclosed.
Upon opening the box it was nicely bubble wrapped and protected. I was surprised how small the box was upon receiving it and when I opened the box I understood why, it came un assembled.
But it was really easy to screw it all together, I just needed to be a little careful keeping the threading in line.
Oh yeah and there was also a glass bowl and sticker included.
Here it is all put together
Looks pretty awesome right?
BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE
The white turns to a pinkish purple in the sun! It's UV reactive.
The bong has a built in down stem that has holes at the bottom of it for diffusion. The bong is pretty easy to take a pull through and there is enough diffusion to soften the toke but she is a chugger.
I decided to build a relatively small bong since they are easier to smoke. But you can build a bong with multiple pieces and make it pretty big.
Is it safe?
All of Lifted Innovation's 3-D printed pipes are made from PLA plastic which is a plant based plastic and non-toxic. Heat needs to be kept away from the piece including hot water which could soften the plastic and distort it.
The plant based plastic had a very slight smell when I first got it but it's not unpleasant and it didn't alter the taste of my herb.
I think keeping this bong clean is very important since its made with a type of plastic.
Here are the cleaning instructions on Lifted Innovation's website:
"We have found that the BEST possible solution to clean the pipes is with salt, warm water, and isopropyl alcohol. Pour salt directly into the pipe, add some warm water (not hot water), add some isopropyl alcohol and shake vigorously. Rinse thoroughly and repeat as many times as necessary. Do not ever put it in the dishwasher, not even the top shelf! Avoid using super hot water as the super hot water may warp the pipe"
I have used this method to clean my bong and it works well. It's also nice that all the pieces come apart so that makes it easier to do a deep clean if needed with a soft bristle scrubber.
To be truthful I'm a tiny bit paranoid about anything plastic. Even though its made from a non toxic plastic I wont be treating it like I do my glass water pipes.
Here is how I am going to treat this bong to ensure my safety and preservation of my bong
- Clean it after every session using a low % ISO salt and warm water as recommended on Lifted Innovation's website
- Avoid leaving water in the bong for extended periods of time- even if its clean water
- Store it out of direct sunlight
- Avoid contact with heat
Overall I think
This bong is so cool and its a sweet novelty piece to have in my collection. I wont use it as my "daily driver" but even if I don't use it everyday, it still looks cool sitting on my shelf.
If you're into 3-D printing or looking for a unique piece to bust out and impress your friends I highly suggest grabbing a smoking piece from Lifted Innovations