3D Printed Fish Breeding Gear

By on June 12th, 2012 in Usage


We’ve seen many applications of 3D printing to a wide variety of situations, but this one is pretty interesting: Indiana-based research scientist Shane Graber has been using his MakerBot to produce a variety of specialized items for his salt-water fish breeding experiments. 
He’s designed an incredibly simple brine hatchery composed of a base that’s 3D printed on the MakerBot, and a cut-off 2 liter bottle. This is significantly less expensive than a store-bought equivalent and you can make as many as you need. 
A second experiment involved making a sponge filter. Graber used PLA instead of ABS to ensure the filter would sink to the bottom of his salt water tank. By installing a hose and wrapping inexpensive sponge he’s created a do-it-yourself sponge filter. 
These are simple objects, to be sure, but the point we want to make is that when one owns a 3D printer there are many such situations where even limited 3D design skills can produce very useful items. You don’t need to design intricate objects all the time; simple ones often do the job. They don’t even need to look pretty. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!