MakerBot Your Hobby: More Ideas For Your Aquarium
Shane Graber has another fantastic post on using a MakerBot for your aquarium hobby. In case you missed it, check out his last post about making various elements necessary for coral fragging. It’s so useful, and a great example of how a person can discover a new application for a MakerBot.
This latest article from Shane is helpful especially because of the cost comparison he provides. While you could buy a brine shrimp hatchery for “anywhere from $10 to $15,” you could easily make one using his design files and a MakerBot for around $2. If you need to make multiple hatcheries, that’s over 80% savings that could really add up.
The file is on Thingiverse here and the assembly is a breeze.
Another use for a MakerBot Shane has found is making your own sponge filters. The process for making this on your own is just as simple.
This sponge filter requires three components:
- 3D printed base
- A 8 inch length of 3/8 inch rigid airline tubing
- Two zip ties
- Porous sponge salvaged from an old powerhead or purchased from your local fish store
Download the model from Thingiverse and print it. Obtain the additional parts listed above and assemble it by pushing the rigid 3/8 inch airline tubing into the 3D printed base, wrap the sponge around the central tube, and then zip tie it into place. Now simply hook up your airline and air pump and you are done. Use it as you would any other sponge filter in your larval tanks.
What hobby do you use your MakerBot for? Tell me.
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