This oddball plastic is available for 3D printers?I plan on making a few of these this winter. I have made mine in the past on my printer and the filament is priced right.
Randomly happened upon your post here. I am the author of that study, if you have any questions/comments/critiques on anything!This is interesting...informed from the Menzel / Chittka / Dyer line of bee brain studies.
I had no intention of selling these, but I've had such a response from people asking to buy either the entrances or the 3d printer (STL) files - I've recently made them available to purchase, if you're interested. This isn't a sales pitch, there are cheap/easy ways to test this for yourself.Clever. Now the guy needs to start marketing these UV-blue entrances.
This oddball plastic is available for 3D printers?
Guessing that "UV-induced blue fluorescence" appears to bees like visible light florescent plastic appears to us? Cause it looks just like ordinary plastic in the picture.
Yes, you can purchase UV-reactive filament in both PLA and ABS plastic online. This plastic glows blue under a UV light, or would appear to be glowing blue for honey bees. You can also find UV-reactive paint that would have the same effect, as a "low-tech" option. Just put a little paint around the entrance of your traps (I don't think painting the whole hive/trap with this would be recommended/necessary). In my case, I wanted to 3d print/design a specific entrance that made it easy for me to bait/re-bait the swarm traps with a pheromone lure, and allowed me to easily close up/secure the entrance for transportation back to my bee yard without them escaping into my car.