Meet Paris Shellton – a classy crustacean who recently received a colorful new 3D printed shell thanks to Markerbot’s Project Shellter! Last year, Makerbot called out to the 3D printing world for eco-friendly replacement shells that could be given to domestic hermit crabs in order to preserve the ocean’s shell supply. Months later, the aptly named Project Shellter has taken off with a line of colorful and funky plastic shell homes for pet hermit crabs.

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Makerbot offers guidelines that allow anyone to submit their own shell designs so that they can be printed and tested in their lab. Hermit crab owners can also get involved by volunteering to test the newly printed plastic homes on their own pets. Makerbot is continually updating the 3D printing and environmental communities with their blog, chronicling the life and times of cleverly named crabs such as Shelton John and Kendall Karshellian. So far crabs have quickly adopted their new plastic shells, some of which even come in fun colors. Stay updated on their progress and find out how to get involved at Makerbot’s Project Shellter home base.

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