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I have used one of these made of steel and brass belonging to Thelma
Finlayson.  I believe she had our machine shop make it up from a design she
(probably) brought with her from the Belville (Ont) Research Institute.
This would support a connection to both Ontario and Hymenoptera taxonomy.

Steve.

Steve Halford ([log in to unmask])
Museum Technician (Retired)
Department of Biological Sciences
Simon Fraser University



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On Wed, Jul 31, 2019 at 9:26 AM Steve Halford <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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> *From:* Entomological Collections Network ListserveOn Behalf OfLeblanc,
> Luc ([log in to unmask])
> *Sent:* Wednesday, July 31, 2019 9:25:20 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US
> & Canada)
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Subject:* Specimen manipulators produced with 3D printer
>
> Greetings friends,
>
>
> I am sharing with you all my testimonial to a great advance that helped
> improve my teaching this year. For those of you who attended the ECN
> meeting in Vancouver, you may recall the demonstration on the use of 3D
> printers to produce low-cost entomological equipment during a presentation
> delivered by Brian Riley and Andrew Jansen (Arizona State University). I
> ordered and used their specimen manipulators (see attached photo) in the
> insect taxonomy course I taught this past semester, and more recently in a
> fruit fly identification course for APHIS pest diagnosticians. With both
> groups, they were an instant sensation on the first day of class, to the
> point that they were allowed to keep their manipulators for their long-term
> use. They are very inexpensive and have survived through a whole semester
> of student use. I highly recommend that you consider using them in your
> courses and institutions. For more information, you may contact Brian Riley
> ([log in to unmask]).
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>
> I would also appreciate any help figuring out the history of the
> development of these manipulators. I formerly worked in the Hymenoptera
> unit of the Canadian National Collection (in the 1980's). There I can
> recall someone (I believe it was Bill Mason - Braconid taxonomist at CNC)
> saying that these manipulators were designed by Henry Townes, who also
> designed the improved version of the Malaise trap model that is widely used
> nowadays. I never thought of asking Henry himself to confirm this story
> when I used to know him (as an aspiring Ichneumonid taxonomist). That is
> why I would be grateful if any of you could share information, anecdotal or
> confirmed, related to the original design and development of these specimen
> manipulators.
>
>
> Luc Leblanc
>
> Curator of the William F. Barr Entomological Museum
>
> University of Idaho, Department of Entomology, Plant pathology and
> Nematology (EPPN)
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