Don't be scared by this wall-of-text! It's easy, really :)
This is a Formicarium - Nest module for ants of smaller size, with a total of 100x150mm (excluding base) and an inner wall distance of 8mm. More sizes for medium and large ants / colonies are planned as well. I suggest to use this on small colonies that just reached the size to move out of the typical test-tube nest.
- Small and easy design, easy to assemble
- Six access ports for 6mm tubes (or larger with adapter)
- The access ports support small screws to prevent tubes slipping
- Comes with adapters and plugs to close unused ports
You will need:
6 pcs M3x20 Screws + Washers and Nuts
2 pcs Acrylic Glas 150x100 and 2-4mm thickness
The STL file contains:
1 x U-Frame
1 x Top Part
1 x Bottom Plate
6 x plug (to close access ports that are not needed)
6 x adapter (to connect larger tubes)
Align the acrylic glas plates to the frame and top part and drill the six holes. Make sure to be very exact on this step, as the mounting screws will go through the first plate, then the frame and the second plate before it is secured with a washer and a nut. If the holes are not in line with the pre-defined ones from the frame, things won't fit. Make sure the top closes tight, but not too tight.
Put the frame in the base, put the glas plates on and tighten the screws carefully as acrylic glas tends to crack easily. Use plugs and adapters as desired, close the top with the top part.
This design is provided as-is, without any guarantee that it will work or meet your expectations. Use at your own risk. I can not be held responsible for yelling spouses because your kitchen is full of pet ants or any injuries that occur when assembling this. This should go without saying, but well... ;)
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