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3D Printed Robot Flowers Can Save The Bee Population
Feb 26, 2018

An Australian artist has come up with a new idea to save the colony.The concept, called artificial pollen, relies on 3D printing robot flowers and artificial pollination to encourage bees to breed.


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Globally, bee species are facing human challenges such as climate change, pesticides and invasive species.Fortunately, many people and organizations have come up with ideas to help protect the flying insects, which play a vital role in pollination around the world.

The Brisbane artist Michael kandil is one of these people, and has come up with a way to help honeybees pollinate (and thus foster) the production of the additive."The bee is an important part of our ecological system, I think everyone needs to take the time to know these make our plants and crop pollination of hard workers," the artist to Dezeen explains.


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In short, the project USES robots with pollen and nectar to print flowers in 3D.These artificial flowers are placed in real plants to attract and pollinate bees.The 3D printed flowers even combine the artificial stamens (the reproductive organs of flowers) and the inspired petals designed to attract bees.The nectar solution is taken to the surface of the 3D printed flower through a series of motors and pipes.You know, like a real flower.

It's not that simple to get bee pollination.According to Candy, it requires a lot of trial and error: "it took years to successfully land bees in the synthesis of pollen," he said, "the unit color and shape are very important to attract people, because the bee has a variety of methods to identify the flowers."


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As the tests and experiments show, bees have actually been attracted to small yellow 3D printed flowers and have collected pollen from them.

Candy believes his artificial pollination system can be implemented in a broader scope, one day to encourage bee pollination: "maybe in the future designer crops can no longer produce pollen pollen, but still be able to accept the synthetic pollination device can restore reproductive cycle of the genetically modified crops."