- They are replacing the battery with a lithium battery or a solar panel - this should extend its operating life considerably
- They have already spent time looking at replacing an industrial buzzer noise with an authentic Kiwi sound recording, which should make the lure more effective
The 3D Printer is key to this design - it allows flexibility with the creation of a variety of shapes and designs to accommodate the different sizes of speakers that have been ordered but can also mean that the speaker will be water proofed to protect it from the elements. We have conducted a running experiment with having the assembly numbers for the school in case of an event outside and exposed to the elements for over a year. These designs are showing little evidence of any degradation in the PLA from being exposed to the outside environment . Once completed these sound lures are being deployed in the environment they are going to be deployed in conjunction with regular traps to remove local pests. (For our international visitors New Zealand has significant pest problems from introduced species - these are predominantly the Brush Tailed Possum but also Stoats, Weasels and Ferrets, all of which spread disease and prey on the native species of New Zealand. Further details about these pests can be located on this Department of Conservation website.
|Top: original speaker limited by size|
The initial design was able to house the smaller speaker, however the students have been looking at refining the design, improving it (introducing the drill holes that are shown in the print above in the four corners of the device).
As shown left the initial two watt speaker is shown above and the second three watt speaker shown below. The initial supplied box design would not fit with the bottom speaker as its too large, this is not the problem for a custom made box to suit the second speaker, which is created by the 3D Printer.
This is a considerable long term project that is is the very definition of the term 'cutting edge' as the sound lures are very much in their infancy and our students are able to use the technology that is available to them to improve and create, the 3D Printer is a crucial aspect to allow the flexibility and creativity to work with the project.