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Old 04-20-2019, 12:40 PM
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so I was a bit bored today after finishing my fully automated vivarium and was looking for fruit fly pots -bean weevil- other and I couldn't get how expensive they are (£15.99) for 10 pots!!!. so I wondered if I could just make them from deli cups (£12.59)for 100!!. you could do it by hand but I have a 3d printer and I have used it as a pen plotter before. so I jumped on fusion 360 and designed a rig to make sure I line up the pot lids in the right place (i know completely over the to £300 printer to pop holes in lids but I had it for other things as well I try to get as much use out of it as I can so here are the results
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Looks like they turned out well!

I've switched to fabric lids since I was getting wild FFs contaminating my cultures that were using vented lids. The contamination issue has stopped as far as I can tell, and since the fabric lids seem just as easy to wash and reuse as the vented ones, it isn't a big deal to have switched.
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yes I wanted to do vented fabric lids but could not figure out how without buying an ultrasonic welder and nylon fabric but if I can get the same lids and same size fabric I may be able to melt the two together I did try with a soldering iron and a big circle iron I made but it got way too hot (no temp control ) but could be a fun one to do they charge way to much for such a cheap product but I suppose its supply and demand the holes that the printer makes are 0.6mm which is smaller than normal vent holes or some mesh lids with should prevent external pests
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the holes that the printer makes are 0.6mm which is smaller than normal vent holes or some mesh lids with should prevent external pests
The issue I had was that wild flies could mate with the captive flies through the holes; though my knowledge of FF anatomy is limited, I'm nearly certain that 0.6mm is large enough to allow for that to happen.
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Temperature can regulate wing growth(?) enabling flightless flies to fly. Maybe that’s the issue with the flightless x wildtype?


The issue I noticed w perforated vs fabric was the pupae clogged the perforations and caused media to become soupy. Even the excelsior becomes wet and nasty. Much higher yields for longer when I use fabric.
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Temperature can regulate wing growth(?) enabling flightless flies to fly. Maybe thatís the issue with the flightless x wildtype?
I keep wingless, not flightless, so the problem was crossing with wild flies.
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I keep wingless, not flightless, so the problem was crossing with wild flies.
well, I just looked it up and I don't think the hole size will matter when their sperm is 20 times longer than their body's. but on a plus side, it takes them 10 minutes to mate so they have to lock the female down using their barbs so hopefully, it will not be a problem on a different note I have yet to come across this problem. are you making your own cultures or using a mix? or getting from a shop
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I have updated my design got board with standard holes what do you think took a while to draw out all the dots but i think it looks good

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