My university has a decent 3D printer that collects dust and the people who bought it said I can use it free of charge (minus what ever filament I have to add). So what better way to learn how to 3D print through trial and error than building ant colonies!
Currently I am in the works in making my own plans through SketchUp and I am almost done: however, for learning how to use it I've been using free stl files (3d printing file type) off the web. I am using a Afinia H400 3D printer and has a 4.7"x4.7"x4.7" building platform. The included filament is ABS, however due to warping issues, I recently purchased some PLA filament that should arrive on 12/3/17.
Here are my trial and errors until I get something nice and presentable, as well as testing to see if they're even good for anything. I currently do not own any ants, but hope to get something soon, just don't have the time or the money to get a colony just yet.
Here is my first free design I printed. I have a couple of them due to reprinting. I eventually got them in acceptable shape. It's a modular design, where you can add cross roads, covers, test tubes, tubing etc. to it in any configuration you want. I think it's about 3x3 inches for nest area.
Here is the second design, it's modular as well. These smaller ones go much easier because there less to mess up and they print pretty fast. This one is smaller at around 1.5"x2.5" or so.
And this next one is the same one, but with some modular pieces on it.
I have a third design, but no pictures. I will take some soon as well as all the modular pieces. Again, I don't claim to be the owners of the original plan files, however I am almost done with my own design. If people post any interest, I'll keep on going. Also, willing to take any requests to design for any species (within reason). Just wanna test out and have fun.
Edited by starcraftjunkie, February 7 2018 - 2:09 PM.