Hermit Crabs Can Live Like Kings Again

Marco van Beers
March 1st 2012

As global houses shortages are on the rise, hermit crabs are impacted too. Hermit crabs do not make their own homes, but must scavenge for shells. The shell supply is decreasing and therefore they often end up using glass bottles or empty shotgun shells. This housing is not up to modern standards, let alone health and safety regulations. Project Shellter wants to save these beatniks and provide them with quality housing so they can live like kings again.

A collaborating between Makerbot and TeamTeamUsa is using 3D printers to produce new biodegradable shells. They are tested in the 'crabitat' to see whether or not the crabs adapt to their new housing. All shell designs are crowd sourced, so if you have some 3D modeling skills and a good idea, you can contribute by uploading your own design.

Via Crisp Green and Project Shellter

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Koert van Mensvoort
Posted 01/03/2012 – 17:33

@marco. I've seen this happening before, perhaps a glitch because Allison scheduled your post. It is fixed now.

Marco van Beers
Posted 01/03/2012 – 16:14

How come Allison is the author? I wrote this...

Should men be able to give birth to children?


Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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