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Dspdrew's Formicarium 06 Research and Design (Updated 1-14-2019)

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#141 Offline sgheaton - Posted May 22 2018 - 9:02 AM

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What happens if you were to create a mixture? Pour Material A down so its 0.5" deep.. and then pour material B on top of that. 


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#142 Offline Zeiss - Posted May 22 2018 - 11:25 AM

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That stone is amazing.



#143 Offline mallonje - Posted May 22 2018 - 1:12 PM

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Woe, this whole thread is awesome.

Amazing work.

Founding:

                 1 P. Imparis queen caught 4/26/18

                 2 L. Umbratus caught 5/8/18

                 1 C. Pennsylvanicus queen caught 5/7/18 1st Eggs 5/17/18 

                 1 C. Pennsylvanicus queen caught 5/17/18 1st Eggs 5/22/18

                 1 C. Pennsylvanicus queen caught 5/31/18

                 1 T. Caespitum(?) queen caught 6/1/18


#144 Offline Enderz - Posted May 22 2018 - 3:51 PM

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Speaking of Subverted, where is that guy drew?


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#145 Offline akaant - Posted June 4 2018 - 5:21 PM

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Drew you might be able to 3D print your clay formicariums 


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#146 Offline dspdrew - Posted June 4 2018 - 5:57 PM

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That's cool but definitely not designed for small scale jobs.



#147 Offline Pren-imp - Posted July 10 2018 - 7:17 PM

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I want to make this exact set up. However I remember reading that the ceramic could no longer be found?

Also a question more for Drew for the plastic ring, did you only 3D print or did you find something you could repurpose to hold the ceramic disk?

Please quote any other reason or let me know why recreating this would be a bad idea.

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#148 Offline AntsCalifornia - Posted July 10 2018 - 8:08 PM

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The ceramic is an unglazed tile, many places sell it, but the buyer he was buying it from stopped selling I'm pretty sure. Also I'm pretty sure the ring is 3D printed. I would not suggest trying to replicate the setup. I have tried before to replicate a setup, and it is not as easy or cheap as you might think. Drew sells this setup and you can buy from him. If you try to replicate it you will probably spend more money than it would cost to buy from drew and it will be a bit sloppier. 


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#149 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted July 11 2018 - 2:33 PM

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The ceramic is an unglazed tile, many places sell it, but the buyer he was buying it from stopped selling I'm pretty sure. Also I'm pretty sure the ring is 3D printed. I would not suggest trying to replicate the setup. I have tried before to replicate a setup, and it is not as easy or cheap as you might think. Drew sells this setup and you can buy from him. If you try to replicate it you will probably spend more money than it would cost to buy from drew and it will be a bit sloppier.


Agreed, I thought it would be easy to replicate this setup. The amount of time, design, and dedication that Drew put into designing and manufacturing them requires a lot of effort and brainpower. I just couldn't do it, mine was a hot mess.

Do yourself a favor and purchase a DrewCarium instead, you won't regret it :).
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#150 Offline dspdrew - Posted September 22 2018 - 12:29 AM

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So I collected some light beige colored sand from another part of the desert while out anting this summer, to see if it would behave similar to the Glamis sand. separated the silt and clay and I fired it at 2300 degrees F. Unlike the Glamis silt/clay mixture, it melted into a blob of glass just like all the others. There really is something unique about the composition of that sand.


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#151 Offline dspdrew - Posted December 25 2018 - 4:56 PM

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Big run.

 

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A lot of Boxbox.

 

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A lot of drilling.

 

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#152 Offline FSTP - Posted December 25 2018 - 6:31 PM

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Oh dear god.


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#153 Offline Straywolf94 - Posted December 27 2018 - 12:33 PM

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At first I was like... hmm.. that's a lot of boxes.  Then I saw the stuff in the background behind the chair...   :o



#154 Offline dspdrew - Posted January 14 2019 - 7:11 AM

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Finally designed a jig for these. This makes the job much easier, and the results much better.

 

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In addition to the placing of the nest container, it also holds the tiles at the right height.

 

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#155 Offline FSTP - Posted January 14 2019 - 11:06 AM

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Factory status has been achieved.


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