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Bethel Park students’ 3D-printed honeycombs help cause of bees

Bethel Park students’ 3D-printed honeycombs help cause of bees

Written by David

December 12, 2018

Bethel Park High School science teacher Alex Winschel displays a 3D-printed honeycomb, to be coated with wax prior to installation in a hive. From artificial joints to culinary treats, three-dimensional printing has demonstrated a wide variety of practical applications. Add honeycombs to the list. Using computer-aided drafting software and a 3-D printer, students of Bethel Park High School science teacher Alex Winschel have replicated the structures that bees use store honey and eggs, with the goal of helping to reverse declines in the insect’s numbers. “If we could provide the comb for them, they could spend more time foraging and getting food, which gives them more of a chance to survive the winter,” Winschel said. “And that means more honey for humans, too.” Bethel Park High School students Katelyn Eder and Amelia Gorman research the vital role of honeybees in U.S. agricultural production. This year, he has extracted about […]

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