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#21 Offline Jakerobs - Posted January 13 2021 - 8:14 AM

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can somebody explain how the transportation chamber works? thanks!!!

 

Its original intended use is for introduction of ants to a new colony, whether they are of the same species or not. The mesh allows them to gain the scent of the main colony without being attacked and killed first. 

 

It could also be used as a transportation chamber, however it would be much easier to use any small plastic container. This is because of the complexity of assembly with the mesh. It's a little overboard for it to be used only as a transport. 

 

quick question:

what program do you use to create them?

 

I am not the OP, but from the renders, I am guessing he may have used SketchUp. If you are wanting something to help you get started, TinkerCad is a good jumping off point. 


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#22 Offline antsandmore - Posted January 13 2021 - 8:20 AM

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can somebody explain how the transportation chamber works? thanks!!!

 

Its original intended use is for introduction of ants to a new colony, whether they are of the same species or not. The mesh allows them to gain the scent of the main colony without being attacked and killed first. 

 

It could also be used as a transportation chamber, however it would be much easier to use any small plastic container. This is because of the complexity of assembly with the mesh. It's a little overboard for it to be used only as a transport. 

 

quick question:

what program do you use to create them?

 

I am not the OP, but from the renders, I am guessing he may have used SketchUp. If you are wanting something to help you get started, TinkerCad is a good jumping off point. 

 

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#23 Offline Chickalo - Posted January 13 2021 - 9:29 AM

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can somebody explain how the transportation chamber works? thanks!!!

 

Its original intended use is for introduction of ants to a new colony, whether they are of the same species or not. The mesh allows them to gain the scent of the main colony without being attacked and killed first. 

 

It could also be used as a transportation chamber, however it would be much easier to use any small plastic container. This is because of the complexity of assembly with the mesh. It's a little overboard for it to be used only as a transport. 

 

quick question:

what program do you use to create them?

 

I am not the OP, but from the renders, I am guessing he may have used SketchUp. If you are wanting something to help you get started, TinkerCad is a good jumping off point. 

 

funny you said that, i just took a break from making a formicarium in sketchup that imma ask my robotics teacher to 3d print soon


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#24 Offline Jakerobs - Posted January 13 2021 - 9:56 AM

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funny you said that, i just took a break from making a formicarium in sketchup that imma ask my robotics teacher to 3d print soon

 

 

 

Before you send it, make sure it slices correctly. 3D printers need the file turned from an STL into a Gcode so they can print. I use the Cura slicing software and I can go in and see if there will be any major issues before I print. 



#25 Offline Chickalo - Posted January 13 2021 - 10:28 AM

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funny you said that, i just took a break from making a formicarium in sketchup that imma ask my robotics teacher to 3d print soon

 

 

 

Before you send it, make sure it slices correctly. 3D printers need the file turned from an STL into a Gcode so they can print. I use the Cura slicing software and I can go in and see if there will be any major issues before I print. 

 

okay thanks!


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#26 Offline Otter - Posted January 13 2021 - 1:26 PM

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ok, so if i hear you right, this is an ant transportation chamber? this is awesome! i need one or 10 of these!

More or less, its intended purpose is to move a queen or colony into another colony. I planned on using it to combine my solenopsis molesta with my monomorium minimum. Either way it could definitely be used as a transportation chamber. I will be publishing the files to my projects once I figure out a good way to upload said files.

off topic:  where did you find that monomorium queen?

 
I found my monomorium queens leaving a colony during flights in Waltham MA, I collected several alates from the entrances of the nests as they were emerging. They ended up dropping wings, laying eggs, and getting workers. There were no other colonies anywhere near them. They are on the right side of the main door of the gym building at Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall School in the sandy patch. You can't miss it. 
 
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I actually got I believe 8 queens total, however I had an escape so that's now 1 queen. Excuse the old crummy photo.

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can somebody explain how the transportation chamber works? thanks!!!


So the idea is that having a mesh barrier allows the ants to interact with eachother through the mesh, and pick up colony scent without physically interacting. 
 

quick question:
what program do you use to create them?


I use Fusion 360 most of the time, I also use Solidworks 2016 or 2020 for some things depending on where I am as my school has provided 2020 but the school still has 2016.
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