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Hermit crabs in 3D printed cityscape shells [video]

By Shane Graber - Posted Jul 29, 2013 11:00 AM
Japanese artist Aki Inomata envisioned giving hermit crabs unique shells based on citycapes around the world. With the aid of a 3D printer, he printed some beauties!
Hermit crabs in 3D printed cityscape shells [video]

3d printed cityscapes for your favorite hermit crab.

Artist Aki Inomata took Project Shellter and hand-blown glass hermit crab shells to the next level, producing some amazingly detailed cityscapes in resin using a 3D printer.

According to Aki:

Hermit crabs are selective in choosing their shelters. Therefore, I decided to CT scan and capture the detailed 3D images of the unoccupied seashell which one of my hermit crabs had abandoned. Based on those images, I modified and slightly enlarged them with a 3D modeling software, and then produced several types of shelters with a rapid prototyping system. Finally I gave those shelters to my hermit crabs.

The cityscapes vary from the Empire State Building to Holland wind mills. After watching the below video, take a look at Aki's website where he displays more of his shell artwork.

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.


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