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Queen Bee Catcher

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Queen Bee Catcher by Squirrelly Mar 2, 2015
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For the catching of a queen honeybee off the comb. The 4.2mm slots should allow any worker bees accidentally scooped up to come out but keep the queen trapped. Print parts 1 and 2 and use a standard clothespin spring to assemble. The gap created helps prevent squishing any bees.

I uploaded a version 2 of part 2 of the catcher with a more robust spacing concept, at the cost of a slightly higher pinch chance. I found that even with having multiple height options for the original design spacer, spring variations were too crazy to keep things aligned and properly spaced. I left them for you to tinker with if you like.


Both parts should be oriented properly. Part 1 requires support. I had good success with 2 mm spaced pillar support. Part 2 does not require support.

I printed mine with 40% infill of 3D honeycomb in PLA and they seem quite strong.

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The only issue I can see is the head of the clamps are not level with the back of the clamp. This can cause an adhesion issue when printing because most slicers will not put a brim there and when the file prints it will print with an air gap between the back of the head of the cage and the print bed. I fixed this issue by adding supports at 40 degrees overhang on Cura. Amazing file and I am sure it will come in handy though! Keep up the great designs!

Printing it today for a friend, exactly what 3d printing is for - printing locally useful things for people.

That is a slick idea. Good Job.