Here at 3D Rapid Print, one of the fastest growing 3D Printing companies in the Thames Valley, we like to keep abreast of the latest innovations in 3D printing.

On October 5th 2020, researchers at the University Of Kent spoke of their work using 3D printed, GPS-enabled decoy turtle eggs to gather evidence on Costa Rica’s endangered sea turtle egg trade. They proclaimed that it was possible to track stolen eggs from beach to end consumer, and that the decoy eggs did not harm the incubating embryos. Their longest trail identified an entire trade chain that was 137km (85 miles) long, and their research was published in the journal Current Biology.

The so-called “InvestEGGator” eggs were developed by conservation organisation Paso Pacifico to address the illegal trade of Central America’s endangered sea turtles, whose eggs are taken from beaches to be eaten as a delicacy. One decoy egg was hidden in each of 101 nests across 4 of Costa Rica’s beaches; a quarter of the eggs were taken, enabling the researchers to track eggs from 5 illegally removed egg clutches. The researchers hope that their decoy eggs will be used on similar conservation projects; Paso Pacifico intends to adapt the technology to track the illegal shipment of shark fins.

A more offbeat example of 3D printing’s use in wildlife conservation is the Georgia Institute Of Technology’s Slothbot, a 3D printed, solar powered robotic sloth that monitors weather conditions and carbon dioxide levels. Measuring circa 3 feet in length, it is programmed to only move when necessary, can seek out sunlight when its batteries need recharging, and can move between multiples cables when working over large areas.

3D printing is an amazing tool. It can grow your small business or start a mini revolution in an industry. Explore what it can do for you when you contact us today.

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