Shapeways has stopped ceramic production, but I'm continuing experimentation with this bowl via other means. I'm keeping the shop open so you can read and see the pictures. Happy Smoking!
This is a hookah bowl I designed to be the cadillac of bowls! It's named Hypocaust after the Roman technique of underfloor heating
which it emulates by warming the underside of shisha before funneling hot air back over them to create smoke.
Only using 3D printing technology, could the intricate air channels be created to provide you with this kind of smoking experience. I hope Hypocaust will be the perfect combination of ancient and modern technology helping to bring out every ounce (or gram) of flavor and puffy clouds in your shisha!
As of now, this is an experimental hookah bowl with unknown performance characteristics but there are many ways you can smoke it as the photo gallery shows. I'll be putting more up as I experiment myself. Enjoy :-)
- Highly stable: Base was designed to be over 75% the width of the bowl. This means you can tip your bowl 30 degrees and it still won't fall over!
- Seals well to the stem: Head is threaded and aligned at the correct angle for a Mya stem. Will consider other joints if others are interested. Hypocaust will screw into place with a quarter turn ensuring a tight seal
- Easier Heat Management: Because airflow is controlled by channels and not little holes in aluminum foil or a charcoal screen, there is more control of how your shisha burns. Be prepared for some big hits too because with a cross-sectional flow of 2.5 cm^2, the only resistance is the stem and the shisha.
- Heating under shisha as an option: Because the channels force the air to flow close to where the coal is placed, you can generate high heat with a coal on the vent, or if it is cut small enough and able to be placed there, down in the lower bowl for more optimal heating of the underside of the shisha. Bumps placed on the top of the inlet won't allow you to restrict airflow by blocking the hole if you choose to place a coal there.
- Tobacco goes in all the right places: Lips on all air channels helps to reduce blockages by random pieces of tobacco that happen to be misplaced