Exotic beetle invasion of Southern California caused great harm to local trees, including local cash crop avocado. Scientists at the University of California, Riverside try to use 3D printing technology to solve the problem. This beetle has caused great harm. Plant pathologist, Akif Eskalen said: “Now many landscape plants were damaged in Southern California and the degree to further expand. “He said these beetles can completely destroy a tree within three years.
Entomologist have used a lot of different ways to eradicate these pests, but they are time-consuming and very difficult. But now they have found a new method, that is using 3D printing technology to create insect-catching traps. “We tell which part of the trunk insect pests are through debris and beetle feces. ” The Engineering Department of the University of California, Riverside Professor Richard Stouthamer said. if still having the insect, that means insecticides have no avail. 3D printing insect trap speeds up data collection and makes more reliable results. 3D printing technology helps researchers easily capture insects for pest control research. “By 3D printing now we can rapidly produce thousands of pitchers. “Postdoctor Roger Duncan Selby said. We can also make the objects we like at home by da Vinci 3D printers, with the quicker speed and higher precision.
We can see that, actual application of 3D printing technology is quite general abroad currently. This technology plays important roles in charity, environmental field, etc, however in domestic, 3D printing doesn’t have real and effective application. As 3D printing insect traps, 3D printing is really a tool for speeding up work processes with relatively low cost, so we believe in the future whether foreign or domestic, 3D printing will play its unique advantages in more areas, and become an indispensable role.