Project Description


For more than three centuries, experience, traditional knowledge, and expertise have been passed down through generations in our family. The LACRIMA Foundation created the world’s first ever 3D-printed wood log hive, which will effectively provide the bees an opportunity to live in an undisturbed ecosystem in synergy with their seasonal rhythms.



The pursuit of craft

Since its origins in 1627, each generation of our ancient Beekeeping Craft Masters has carefully safeguarded techniques, skills, and craft secrets, which could not be learned elsewhere. Rooted deeply in the harsh climate of Russian taiga, traditions, which are often many thousands of years old, transforms into creative dreams and remarkable stories.


Inspired by nature and heritage

We integrated all the available research data and based our conservation strategy on a holistic approach to beekeeping. Natural nest habitat is the key aspect for preservation and renewal of health and resiliency of honey bees. Therefore, the restoration of natural bee habitat is an essential part of our effort to restore genetic diversity, adaptability, and vitality of honey bees.

“Honey bees across the world could be setting up home in state-of-the-art new hives created in Scotland using 3D-printing technology.”
– THE SCOTSMAN, Scotland's national newspaper


Unique Perspective

The LACRIMA Foundation strategy has been designed around the installation and care for natural apiaries using state-of-the-art 3D printed wooden log hives installed within the higher section of the tree trunk. Not only these artificial hives support nest integrity and emulate natural nest parameters for honeybees, but also research data confirmed the thesis of the extraordinary resiliency and levels of health present in wild populations of honeybees living in these types of hives.



Our project is innovative in terms of using a new methods, created by combination of three fundamental elements - a proved ancient knowledge and skills, the latest scientific research and utilizing the technological innovation system of Remote Hive Monitoring and 3D Printing. We offer one of a few efforts to restore natural bee habitat and if managed successfully this will in effect provide long term sustainable solution and platform. The mission to restore genetic diversity, adaptability and vitality of honey bees is vital in order to have a sustainable life on our planet.


Back to Basics

The overall actions to be taken to investigate and resolve problem of high global bee-mortality rate and the rationale for the application of specific procedures or techniques used to identify, select, process, and analyse information applied to understanding the problem. In this case, working at the grass-roots level with the semi-nomadic people of Bashkortostan helped us to create a proficient strategy to restore health in the bees population and to highly likely end the cycle of colonies destruction.

“A community garden in Angus is looking to help reverse the global decline in honeybees – with the help of a 3D printer.”
– STV News


Project Impact

We are expecting that over next 3 years horizon, the project will be successfully established and anchored in at least three countries with a sufficient base of strategy supporters, practitioners and volunteers. Additionally, implementation of the conservation strategy will be spread further to the USA and Bashkortostan and will further develop a horizontal scaling-up strategy in pre-selected suitable beekeeping communities via expansion and replication of knowledge, skills and resources acquired in previous steps. Monitoring and evaluation reports will be shared with donors and partners regularly in a timely manner.

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The Impact of the Solution

The LACRIMA Foundation estimates that within 3 years our 3D printed wood log hives could provide 3000 natural apiaries across the countries where these will be implemented, considering survival rate up to 80% in 2nd year we estimate a total of 100 million of honey bees to be rewilded.

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