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Dspdrew's Formicarium 06 Research and Design (Updated 11-14-2021)

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#141 Offline T.C. - Posted May 22 2018 - 7:26 AM

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Whether you make a formicarium out of this or not, it's still impressive work.



#142 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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#143 Offline Zeiss - Posted May 22 2018 - 11:25 AM

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That stone is amazing.



#144 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


#145 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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#146 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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Keeper of...

Aphaenogaster sp

Camponotus americanus, castaneus, chromaiodes, novaeboracensis, pennsylvanicus.

Crematogaster sp

tetramorium immigrans

Formica sp

 

 

 


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

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


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#148 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.

Edited by dspdrew, June 20 2020 - 9:43 PM.


#149 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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#150 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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#151 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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#152 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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#153 Offline FSTP - Posted December 25 2018 - 6:31 PM

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Oh dear god.



#154 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



#155 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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#156 Offline FSTP - Posted January 14 2019 - 11:06 AM

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Factory status has been achieved.


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#157 Offline Kevin - Posted March 17 2020 - 7:42 AM

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Here's some pics of my Clone-shack :lol:

 

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Still have to pour resin and sand

 

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Draft .3mm print, broke the top piece and it's not perfect. I found the 3D printed spacers that drew previously used has issues so I went the resin+jig route.

 

Thank you Drew for the open project tutorials and research.

 

Download my jig (.STL) https://anonfile.com...dVch1o0/jig_stl


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#158 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 16 2020 - 9:47 PM

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Trying something out.

 

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#159 Offline Antkid12 - Posted July 17 2020 - 4:03 AM

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Nice!


Ants I have: Tapinoma sessile(2 queen colony). RED MORPH Camponotus neacticus(now has pupae!), Tetramorium immigrans (x3), Aphaenogaster sp, Temnothorax sp, Brachymyrmex sp.   possibly infertile   :(,  Ponera pennsylvanica, and Pheidole morrisi!  :yahoo: 

 

Other insects: Polistes sp. Queen

                    

Ants I need: Pheidole sp., Trachymyrmex sp., Crematogaster cerasi , Dorymyrmex sp. Most wanted: Pheidole morrisii

 

                    

                   

 

 


#160 Offline Zeiss - Posted July 17 2020 - 7:07 AM

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Hopefully all those white dots on the wood are sand grains and not grain mites.







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