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    At Kennebec Valley Community College, 3-D printers are used to make bee "houses" to boost the number of pollinators in the orchard.

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    A 3-D printer builds a seed roller at KVCC. "The printer is always going" at the college, says Bo Dennis, who manages its organic farm.

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    Kennebec Valley Community College farm manager Bo Dennis, left, and department chair Ben Crockett demonstrate how a 3-D-printed seed wheel is slotted within a precision seed spreader.

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    A 3-D printer churns out a seed wheel at KVCC.

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    Dennis demonstrates how pelletized seeds fall into a 3-D-printed seed wheel as it turns within a precision seed spreader. The school creates different wheels for different plants.

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