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Project Shellter @ Wonderloch Kellerland Gallery in Los Angeles

Come see limited edition Project Shellter shells at the Wonderloch Kellerland Gallery in Atwater Village, Los Angeles. Opening is tonight from 7-11PM and there will be music, live portraiture, and looping shell adoption videos. If you can’t make it tonight, the show runs through February.

Follow, share and contribute to help save hermit crabs by keeping natural shells in the wild! Use the hashtag #shellter or the shellter tag to let others know you are participating in this crowd-sourced science experiment!:

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Paris Shellton Adopts a Printed Shell!

Paris Shellton, one of the hermit crab stars of Shellter East here at MakerBot Industries, got tired of her drab gray winter shell this weekend and decided to take on something more Spring-timey – a Daffodil Shell!

Check out the video of Paris adopting her MakerBotted shell:

Follow, share and contribute to help save hermit crabs by keeping natural shells in the wild! Use the hashtag #shellter or the shellter tag to let others know you are participating in this crowd-sourced science experiment!:

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Holy Crab! Hermit Crab in Printed Shell!

Hermit Crab in 3D Printed Shell
A picture is worth a thousand words – here are a few more…

Kendall, one of the five “sisters” living at the Shellter West crabitat, seems happy in her Project Shellter shell. She’s one of two crabs sporting printed Oxystele sinesis shells in the crabitat.

Here she is adopting it for the first time:

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Follow, share and contribute to help save hermit crabs by keeping natural shells in the wild! Use the hashtag #shellter or the shellter tag to let others know you are participating in this crowd-sourced science experiment!:

Tip o’ the hat to Greg at Dropcam for the “Holy Crab!”

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Printed Shell Adoption! – Project Shellter

Kendall Karshellian adopted a printed shell!

After nearly 2 months of ongoing experimentation by the Project Shellter teams, on Wednesday December 07, 2011 at approximately 04:23 PM PST at the Shellter West crabitat in Los Angeles, Kendall adopted a printed shell!

Similar to the shells suggested by hermit crab caretaker and commentator wodosorel, the shell is modeled on that of the Oxystele sinensis sea snail.

Watch the entire fascinating process as she examines, switches, and adopts a 3D printed shell!

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Got red/blue anaglyph glasses? Click the “3D” below the playback bar to see it happen in the third dimension!

Follow, share and contribute to help save hermit crabs by keeping natural shells in the wild! Use the hashtag #shellter or the shellter tag to let others know you are participating in this crowd-sourced science experiment!:

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Shell in Shell Action!

Shellton John is checking out a printed shell in Shellter East right now!
He’s climbed inside of a MakerBotted shell while still wearing a shell of his own!

Keep an eye on the DropCam today to see what happens!

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Modelers Wanted for TEDxYouth@Flanders Shells

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Thingizen deeeep conducted a Project Shellter workshop at TEDxYouth@Flanders last week. The enthusiastic kids envisioned all sorts of fantastical shells for hermit crabs. Now they need to be modeled so they can be printed and introduced to the crabitats!
Will the Karshellians like a multi-room shell? Will Paris Shellton dare to wear a shell adorned with wings? There’s only one way to find out: empirical science!

Are you a Blender ninja or a Sketchup wizard? Maybe your Maya-fu is legendary. If you’re looking for a unique challenge please consider helping out by modeling one of the drawings produced at the workshop.

Drop a comment here if you take on the challenge then upload a finished model to Thingiverse and tag it with shellter.

The kids and crabs thank you!

Follow, share and contribute to help save hermit crabs by keeping natural shells in the wild! Use the hashtag #shellter:

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How You Can Participate in Project Shellter!

How You Can Participate in Project Shellter Photo credit

Project Shellter welcomes various levels of participation based upon interest and skill. Here are six ways from casual to dedicated in which you can participate:
  1. Interested but don’t have a lot of time?
    Participate on a casual basis by observing the time-lapse videos of the crabitats and logging any crab encounters in the comments. Who knows, you might be among the first to see a crab “try on” a printed shell! New crabitat videos are available every day at youtube.com/​ProjectShellter.
  2. Have 3D modeling skills? You can review Dr. Bulinski’s interview to get guidelines on what makes a great shell and then upload yours to Thingiverse.com so it can be printed and tested in a crabitat. You can see what others have created at bitly.com/ProjectShellterShells. Remember to tag your shell with shellter so everyone can find it!
  3. Interested in programming or advanced mathematics? Sweet! Help convert these shell formulae from the commercial Maple software to the open source Sage, Blender, or Shapesmith software to allow more people to design, explore and print sea shells. Hermit crabs the world over will chirp your praises!
  4. Are you a hermit crab caretaker? Fantastic! You can help test the shells. Just introduce yourself on the MakerBot Operators Group and let the community know you can help test shells. MakerBot Operators are friendly, helpful and located around the world.
  5. Got a 3D printer? Great! Print out any shells at bitly.com/ProjectShellterShells, and then post to the MakerBot Operators Group to let the community know you have shells to test.
  6. Have a 3D printer and hermit crabs? Awesome! You’re a self-contained Project Shellter machine! Please print out the shells at bitly.com/ProjectShellterShells, introduce them to your crabs, and share your observations and experiences at projectshellter.com or @ProjectShellter!
However you choose to participate, your contribtions are encouraged and welcomed!
Follow, share and contribute to help save hermit crabs by keeping natural shells in the wild! Use the hashtag #shellter or the shellter tag to let others know you are participating in this crowd-sourced science experiment!:

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Project Shellter at TEDxYouth@Flanders

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Thingiverse citizen deeeep is organizing a workshop around Project Shellter at TEDxYouth in Flanders, Belgium on November 20:

We are organizing a workshop for kids from 11 to 18 year old during the TEDxYouth@Flanders event in Belgium.
The idea is that the kids will sketch out their ideas for the shells and then some of them will get picked and made in CAD and printed. I will try to post the sketches and CAD files on thingiverse once they are done, so everybody can enjoy them and the kids can see their models online and see people liking them and printing them.

Thanks for the interest and support deeep!

We can’t wait to see what shells the kids create! Upload them to Thingiverse and we’ll print them out put them in the @ShellterEast and @ShellterWest crabitats!

If you’re in Flanders on November 20, go check out the event!

Follow, share and contribute to help save hermit crabs by keeping natural shells in the wild! Use the hashtag #shellter:

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Dr. Bulinski on First Crab Encounters

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Dr. Bulinski took some time out of her busy day to weigh in on the first crab encounters.

After looking at the footage, I don’t think I would classify the first video with Kourtney as a true examination.  It looked like she just walked over it.  In my experience, when the crabs investigate a shell, they really take the time to move it around in its appendages, insert claws inside and rotate the shell around.  The second video (Khloe) looks more like an investigation–I think I would go so far as to say that it would be “Examination-inserted appendages into shell.

I appreciate these professional observations, and will update the earlier post to reflect Dr. Bulinski assessment. She continued:

One thing I noticed though was that the printed shell was WAY too large for the crabs.  If the printed shells were much smaller I think that you might have better luck with the crabs investigating and interacting with them.

I also felt the shell was too large, so I am printing 60% and 50% sized shells. They will soon be in ShellterWest, awaiting another crab encounter!

Thanks for the input Dr. Bulinski!

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Bre talks about Project Shellter for Txchnologist

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Txchnologist, the online magazine from GE, has posted the first clip from an interview with Bre they did at our workshop. What better subject to start with than Project Shellter?

Watch the the video to hear Bre talk about the mission behind Project Shellter and why the MakerBot community is taking on the challenge. They also got some great shots of the crabitat at Shellter East and a shell being printed on the Thing-O-Matic!

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