There are many people out there that are probably not aware of the danger hermit crabs are currently facing, but Project Shellter hopes to bring that to light while also helping its cause. One fact that people may have learned back in elementary school is that hermit crabs don't grow their own shells, they scavenge for them. But there has been a significant decrease in potential shells lately. Project Shellter hopes to alleviate this problem.
By enlisting the help of the MakerbBot community, Project Shellter is charging designers to create 3D printed shells for domestic use. With these shells, hopefully the harvesting of natural shells will be reduced so that wild hermit crabs will not have to resort to items like bottles and shotgun shells.
Project Shellter Hopes to Save Hermit Crabs with the Help of MakerbBot
1. 3D Printing - Disruptive innovation opportunity: 3D printing technology enables the creation of customized shells for hermit crabs, reducing reliance on natural shells.
2. Eco-friendly Solutions - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Developing sustainable alternatives like 3D printed shells can help protect wildlife by reducing demand for natural resources.
3. Collaborative Communities - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Project Shellter's partnership with the MakerbBot community demonstrates the potential of collaborative efforts to address environmental challenges.
1. 3D Printing - Disruptive innovation opportunity: The 3D printing industry can capitalize on the demand for custom-made shells, creating a niche market for animal-friendly products.
2. Environmental Conservation - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Companies in the conservation industry can explore partnerships with 3D printing manufacturers to develop eco-friendly solutions for wildlife protection.
3. Community-driven Initiatives - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Industries supporting community collaboration, such as open-source hardware and software, can develop platforms to address environmental issues like shell scarcity.