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  1. #1
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    Default 3d printing comb

    Has anyone thought about 3d printing honey comb onto their frames? PLA is made from sugar & has a sweet smell, so I thought it may work well.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: 3d printing comb

    I just had some pieces printed that will become beeswax molds.
    Go to Heaven for the climate, go to Hell for the company. -Mark Twain

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    Default Re: 3d printing comb

    Quote Originally Posted by cg3 View Post
    I just had some pieces printed that will become beeswax molds.
    I was originally going to say I had a lot of ideas for 3D printing bee things but never found them worth the time/money. I could definitely see this one working out, wonder how well it'd hold up over time.

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    Default Re: 3d printing comb

    As 3D printing becomes more popular it will lower in price. I bet the next 10-15 Years we will see a boom

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    Default Re: 3d printing comb

    A colleague was testing out the 3D printer, and ran out of PLA.

    The fill pattern inside the object IS a honeycomb.

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    Default Re: 3d printing comb

    Quote Originally Posted by ARGluck View Post
    wonder how well it'd hold up over time.
    I had positives printed and cast them in a 2 part silicone to make the actual mold. I can always make a new mold if it doesn't hold up.
    Last edited by cg3; 07-24-2014 at 03:21 PM. Reason: ended sentence with preposition
    Go to Heaven for the climate, go to Hell for the company. -Mark Twain

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    Default Re: 3d printing comb

    I would love to have a mold I could pour beeswax into and have drawn comb as a result. That would be an awesome and valuable product.

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    Default Re: 3d printing comb

    I suspect it will always be easier to let the bees do the work and protect it. 3-D printing would probably work somewhat better than molding as it's much less likely to tear apart while attempting to remove a mold, but beeswax is fairly frail and injection molding for large amounts is going to be MUCH cheaper than 3-D.

    I'm NOT excited about plastic comb. I work in a plastics plant, I don't want any of the components of the 3-D stuff in my food.

    Peter

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