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Capturing the wild mussel spat Return to case studies page

Varsha Lal - ANFF Victorian node with Queenscliff Mussel Hatchery (Department of Primary Industries).
3D printing has been used to fabricate surface textures that enhance the settlement of mussel larvae. Ultimately this will improve the profitability of the Victorian mussel farming industry through improved capture of wild mussel spat.

This work was conducted for Dr Andrew Poole (CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship) and Prof Rocky de Nys (James Cook University). The Eden 260V 3-dimensional printing system at MCN is capable of providing an easy to use, fast, clean and accurate prototype for a design to manufacturing product cycle. This was ideal for the production of a polymer micro-structured surface, which allowed the collaborators to immediately change the texture design and produce new polymer surfaces to suit their research requirements.

Figure 1 above right depicts an image of the 400μm groove with 800μm spacing polymer structure that was produced on the 3-dimensional printing system. These surfaces are currently being used for trials at Queenscliff Mussel Hatchery (Department of Primary Industries).