Printable Wasp Trap

by MatthewLaBerge, published

Printable Wasp Trap by MatthewLaBerge Apr 30, 2011

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A co-worker asked if it was possible to print a wasp trap with my RepStrap and like any good operator I said absolutely. I did a little research and settled on a type of trap that I thought would be most printable and designed this.

It is a two part trap that allows you to easily clean out the dead wasps and reset the trap. I reccomend printing it with clear or translucent PLA so you can see the dead wasps as they fill the trap, just make sure they are dead when you empty the trap or you'll probably free a bunch of pissed off wasps and that can't be good.

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Obligatory XKCD reference:


You could always scale it up...


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1. Print both sections of the trap.

2. Soak a cotton ball in fruit juice or soda.

3. Assemble trap by twisting the base onto the lid.

5. Thread a string through the hole at the top of the trap and hang.


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tentakles on May 24, 2011 said:


bstott on May 22, 2011 said:

I was with my kid last week and learned that wasps won't build where they see another wasp nest. So, there are companies that make --- Fake Wasp Nests ---- Go, figure.

So, maybe your next wasp tale?

makerbotspace on May 3, 2011 said:

FYI - I think Wasps don't fly at night. Meaning it might be safer to empty after dark, this does not mean they won't be pissed off and sting, just that they won't be flying when they do it.

Thaed on May 1, 2011 said:

I have been wondering why suspicious shaped items are not on here every day?

hintss on May 6, 2011 said:

thinks about implications of printable condoms...

Whystler on May 1, 2011 said:

Nice idea and execution! The shape, though, is a little, shall we say, suspicious? :)

MatthewLaBerge on May 1, 2011 said:

The shape does leave a little to be desired ;)