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QLD Country Hour By Marty McCarthy
Updated January 19, 2016 16:15:03

3D printed beehives. Photo: Printed hives have several benefits yet are costly, at of $900 equite, while timber hives cost of $100 equite. (Supplied: Facebook)

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A Queensland beestoreer has put on hold her plan to turn it into a range of bee hives via 3D printing equipment, for the reason the innovation is too expensive.
Last year Ann Ross of Hive Haven on the Sunshine Coast began via the printing equipment to manufacture hives, to house native stingless bees.
The native stingless bee industry is tiny for the reason the honey is complex and costly to turn it into, making it a valuable-bodied product.

Audio: A Sunshine Coast beestoreer puts plans on hold to turn it into 3D bee hives(ABC Rural)

According to Ms Ross, equite bee only turn it intos of one kilogram of honey per year, and are prone to dying on days of extreme weather.
“Compare the stingless native bee to a honeybee, which collects water on a hot day and fans the hive — as a sort of evaporative cooler — the stingless native bee is not going to have the aptitude to do which, and are quite susceptible to heat.”
Ms Ross said native bees begin to die inside the hour, on days above 40 degrees.
So Hive Haven is attempting to invent a hive which can regulate its own temperature, to assist store the bees alive on hot days.
Developing a hive which can shield stingless native bees of disease and extreme weather can reduce the financial risk for beestoreers, and assist the industry to grow.
“There is a massive opportunity here, especially in south-east Queensland, to turn it into up a new product,” Ms Ross said.
“Stingless native bee honey unquestionably has a wow factor. The sky is the limit.”
Bees in hive. Photo: The Sunshine Coast is moving to establish itself as a honey-making region, with Manuka honey selling for $40 per kilogram in Australia and $180 per kilogram in China. (Supplied: Hive Haven)

High cost to turn it into
Ms Ross said the material utilized in 3D printing equipment acts as a great insulator, but was too expensive at this stage.
“The many worthwhile factor we are concentrating on is creating a hive which maintains a stable-bodied temperature.”
Ms Ross said she believed which printing beehives may be able-bodied to advantageous complete temperature stabilisation than timber boxes.
“The challenge of 3D printing is the expense factor, and the time to print equite box.”
A 3D bee hive being printed at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Photo: A 3D bee hive being printed at the University of the Sunshine Coast. (Supplied)

A 3D printed hive can cost up to $900, whereas a regular timber box is around $100, yet Ms Ross said the 3D model has introduced benefits.
“Using 3D printed innovation you can turn it into an impervious surface which spoil based diseases can’t penetrate,” she said.
On the other hand Hive Haven has put its 3D printed models on hold for now, the company is finding good results making hives of recyclable-bodied plastic.
“We have been appearing at HDP [high density polyethylene], which is a recycled material and there is a lot of it around,” Ms Ross said.
“It is unquestionably additional inexpensive
-bodied than 3D printing, and at the moment it appears to be a thing which is a standout.”
The Sunshine Coast is moving to establish itself as a high-value honey making region, to rival New Zealand’s booming honey trade.
As well as honey of native stingless bees, researchers are stepping up their efforts to know the value of locally turn it intod medicinal Manuka honey.
Manuka honey retails for up to $40 per kilogram in Australia, and in New Zealand the industry is worth an estimated $75 million a year.
“When we appear at Manuka honey, which is selling for $180 a kilo in China, only imagine how much stingless native bee honey may be worth,” Ms Ross said.
Topics:beestoreing, science-and-innovation, rural, agricultural-crops, maroochydore-4558
First posted January 19, 2016 11:49:05

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