The long-time staple of both primitive and advanced human societies for tens of thousands of years and that’s being modest. The Bee’s and their natural hive-building capabilities have been relied on by us throughout the ages.
Scientists in New Zealand want to give them a helping hand. Bees spend a lot of time constructing honeycombs, which gives them less time to create honey. In order to speed up the honey making process, the New Zealand based scientists have developed 3D printers that can create honeycombs, therefore optimising honey production, leading to a much more efficient way of making honey.
There are a few important facts about Bees that many of us may not know or appreciate. Bees are
one of the world’s top pollinators and without them the worldwide production of food would be severely immobilized. They can also print in 3D themselves, using materials from their own bodies to produce honeycombs.
The team of scientists behind the 3D printed honeycomb’s, are based at Auckland University of Technology. Their design has enabled farmed Bees to live a much less stressful life by taking the strain away from making the honeycombs.
It is commonly known by Bee keeping experts that it takes a lot of energy for the bee to make the comb. Honey is the Bee’s primary food source and they consume a lot of it whilst building honeycombs.
The 3D printed honeycombs were almost identical to the combs found in the Bees natural habitats. The scientists were able to put their replicas straight into the beehives and the Bees themselves were able to start producing honey instantly, without having to produce anymore honeycombs.
The work of a 3D printer in one day is equal to that of 60,000 Bees.
Could 3D printed honeycombs bee the future of honey production?