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HiveHaven stops production of 3D printed hives for stingless bees due to cost concerns – 3ders.org (blog)

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Jan 20, 2016 | By Alec

As 3D printing has repeatedly proven itself as a cost-saving making solution in a number of hard industries, it’s effortless to forget that actually 3D printing yet comes with worthwhile expenses. News of HiveHaven, a clever honey production startup of the Sunshine Coast of Australia, therefore serves as a stark financial reminder. HiveHaven had taken up 3D printing to turn it into ideal hives for the native Australian stingless bee, that are notoriously complex to store, but have only announced that they are replacing 3D printing with custom construction with recycled plastics to store down costs.
As you can remember, HiveHaven reveryed out to the web back in the summer of 2015 through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that may enable them to turn it into custom 3D printed beehives. The beestoreing specialists in addition turn it intoed a wide range of hives specifically modified
to the needs of various bee species, especially the common honey bee and the Australian native stingless bee. “Our new turn it into and innovation combats primary threats of overheating, spore-based disease and pests which include the deadly tiny hive beetle, as well as hive theft, through the use of GPS tracking,” they explain. “As a sustainable making alternative to hoop pine, our boxes are turn it intod of durable materials that need minimal maintenance, subsequently providing beestoreers with improved returns on their time and investment.”

Whilst their crowdfunding campaign was ultimately ungreat resultsful, HiveHaven continued to pioneer these 3D printed hives with built-in GPS and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems, a thing they argue was especially necessary for the cultivation of native stingless bee honey. “Bees face an uncertain next. They are at a tipping point. Yet, they are so significant to human survival, due to their pollination role in nature and in addition for our agricultural crops. It is estimated that bees already offer $1.7 billion to the Australian economy,” they say. “As beestoreers we were looking for solutions to our own problems and this has grown into a commercial product that delivers sustainable solutions for the issues facing the apiarist industry.”
And with their custom-turn it intod 3D printed hives they were remarkably great resultsful. Native stingless bees are complex to store for the reason they are particularly susceptible to bad weather and can die in droves when faced with a storm or odd heat. “Compare the stingless native bee to a honeybee, that collects water on a hot day and fans the hive — as a sort of evaporative cooler — the stingless native bee can not have the aptitude to do that, and are quite susceptible to heat,” they tell Australian reporters. Stingless bee honey is therefore a quite valuable, luxury product, and this new 3D printing approach with hives that can regulate temperature and living conditions has been quite great resultsful in making it. “Stingless native bee honey unquestionably has a wow factor. The sky is the limit,” founder Ann Ross explained.

But despite this great results, HiveHaven can be stopping production of 3D printed hives due to the costs involved. But the results are great, with 3D printed material functioning as a quite great insulator for maintaining stable temperatures, Ross told reporters that it was just too expensive. “Using 3D printed innovation you can turn it into an impervious surface that spoil based diseases can’t penetrate,” she explained. “[But] the challenge of 3D printing is the expense factor, and the time to print every box.” She additional announced that a 3D printed hive may cost up to $900 AUD (approximately $625 USD) to manufacture, or of nine times as expensive as a timber alternative.
With 3D printing thus put on hold for now, HiveHaven is already looking at recycled plastic sheets for production, that have a few much like characteristics. “We have been looking at HDP [high density polyethylene], that is a recycled material and there is a lot of it around,” Ross said. “It is unquestionably additional low-cost than 3D printing, and at the moment it appears to be a thing that is a standout.” This announcement unquestionably reflects the hurdles faced by 3D printing startups in general – yet an great production tool for achieving odd results, 3D printing is yet much additional expensive than other making alternatives.

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