Animal farming is the most destructive activity humans have ever invented. 4 million hectares of rainforest are destroyed every year to grow soybeans to feed livestock. Entocycle is hoping to change this, their mission is to develop the most sustainable way to feed the world using Black Soldier Flies. These insects are rich in protein and are a natural component of the diets of many fish and free-range poultry. Entocycle has developed technology that is significantly more efficient at producing protein than traditional methods of production as their insects are vertically farmed and not restricted to floor space or area. Thanks to their automated system they can produce animal feed at an industrial scale and offer farmers a cost-effective and sustainable alternative to soymeal and fishmeal.
Black Soldier Fly larvae are high in protein and essential amino acids. They are fed on the spent grain from local breweries and raised in modular feeding chambers, their insect protein is 9000x more land efficient than soya, whilst providing a comparable nutritional value.
Entocycle have shared this summary of how 3D printing is helping them to drive their business forward:
“We use 3D printing to allow us to rapidly prototype, test and develop the best possible solutions for breeding, farming and harvesting insects.
For example, we recently used the Ultimaker 3D Printer to produce our egg trap holder, which allows our farmers to easily transport the eggs laid by our Black Soldier Flies, without losing any eggs in the process.
Using the Ultimaker allowed us to quickly and easily prototype various CAD drawings, to then test each design within the physical breeding chambers, and iterate to an optimized design and product that met our standards.
Our mission at Entocycle is to develop the world’s most advanced and efficient system to feed farmed animals, replacing environmentally destructive soy and fishmeal, with sustainable insect protein.
3D printing plays a significant role in helping us quickly test and improve our engineering and production capabilities, and has proven a key asset to us as we continuously look to both challenge and progress, the animal feed industry.”
Jude Bliss, Entocycle
The CREATE Education Project would like to thank Entocycle for sharing the details of their innovative work with us.
You can learn more about Entocycle at www.entocycle.com
You can also learn about the career of Entocycle Design Engineer Bradley Humphrey is his guest careers blog.