ACCESS-3DP is a transnational project funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

The project aims at taking Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) as a new, disruptive technology under the umbrella of Advanced Manufacturing in order to set out frameworks to train and upskill workers in the craft and creative industries.

It is implemented by 5 different organisations in France, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.

3D Printed Bee Homes

The researchers from Lancaster University designed the world’s first webcam-equipped “BeeBox” due to the decrease of native species of bee in the UK, mostly because of pesticide use and intensive agricultural processes. The bee homes are printed with recycled plastic and are designed to be mounted on trees or the ground – as bees have different preferences for this.

Photo via Philip Donkersley

The researchers have already set up four prototypes on a farm and have been monitoring the bee activity via infrared webcams (so there is no need to light up the box with visible light). They are available at this link.