3D-printed Shells for homeless Crabs

Tolles Projekt der Damen und Herren von Makerbot: Einsiedlerkrebse finden (laut denen) nicht mehr genügend Muscheln, weshalb die 3D-Printer-Community jetzt bei der Immobilienkrise der Viecher aushelfen soll.

Hermit crabs don’t make their own shells. They scavenge their homes. And now, hermit crabs are facing a housing shortage as the worldwide shell supply is decreasing. With a shell shortage, hermit crabs around the world are being forced to stick their butts into bottles, shotgun shells, and anything else they can find. This is not acceptable. As a community, we can reach out to this vulnerable species and offer our digital design skills and 3D printing capabilities and give hermit crabs another option: 3D printed shells.

We are inviting all MakerBot Operators and digital designers on Thingiverse to design shells and participate in SCIENCE!

We’ve set up a crab habitat, a crabitat, here at the Botcave in Brooklyn and Miles is setting up a crabitat in Los Angeles. We need help from the community to design shells so we can print them out and see if the hermit crabs like them. Can you design a shell that hermit crabs will like? We’ll print them out here at the botcave, put them in the crabitats and see which designs the hermit crabs will move into.

Project Shellter: Can the MakerBot Community Save Hermit Crabs? (via PopSci)