Outsourcing Manufacturing to...Bees

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My wife keeps bees so I was particularly intrigued by these new vases from Libertiny, which are made of wax honeycomb, and literally created by 40,000 bees. Each vase takes a week to make. Bees have experienced a sharp population drop in recent years and months, so if this helps keep more of them around, great. They are amazing little buggers and essential to a lot of agriculture. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be much detail on how these are created. The Dutch firm refers to the process as “slow prototyping”, in contrast to the typical “rapid prototyping” techniques like SLA and material deposition.

Libertiny’s homepage (literally just one page)

Tip of the hat to Core77