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Bubblegum, a tool that reduces the cost of interacting with NFTs on the Solana blockchain using compression techniques (cNFTs), is routinely being used to mint over 3 million NFTs weekly.

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Bubblegum’s main adopter is Drip Haus. It is a project that allows creators to mint and launch NFTs. Drip has been promoting Bubblegum’s compression technology since early 2023.

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More savings on Solana

It’s notable that a cost-saving feature has generated so much usage on Solana. After all, blockchain already has cheap fees compared to Ethereum. Even in a low-demand environment, a simple token transfer on Ethereum costs $0.63. Meanwhile, Solana transactions often cost fractions of a cent.

Bubblegum uses Merkle Trees, a data structure widely used in blockchains, in order to reduce the cost of minting cNFTs. This is because scanning the items in a Merkle tree scales logarithmically, meaning minting a larger number of NFTs results in lower costs per cNFT.

cNFT Minting Costs

To be sure, mints do not equate to a hot market for NFTs on Solana; Solscan data shows that volume in terms of SOL for NFTs has been relatively stable over the last 90 days.

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Metaplex is the company responsible for developing Bubblegum. The platform also features a framework for launching NFTs on Solana called Candy Machine. Additionally, it updated its protocol in January to allow NFT creators to apply royalties.

*Translation of the article “Millions Of Compressed NFTs Are Being Minted Weekly On Solana” with permission from The Defiant.

Notice: The text presented in this column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of CriptoFácil.

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