SLA 3D Printed Large-scale Insect Models for Museum Display

SLA 3D Printed Large-scale Insect Models for Museum Display

Process 3D Print, Paint, Polish
Material Resin
Quantity 4 pcs
Price Range $100-1,000
Lead Time 4 workdays


About Project

In a world where insects outnumber humans, the study of entomology cannot be underestimated. Most of the insects are so small that observing them is a bit difficult. You need to use a magnifier and anchor them in some way. For the purpose of studying the insects' structure, however, a high-resolution scaled-up model is enough. We create these lifelike insects model for an insect museum with the large-format SLA 3D printing technology.


  • Step 1: Our engineer would check closely about the structure of the STL files. Their wings and feet and antennas need to be thick enough for printing. The antennas are split in the slicing software as the sizes of the rescale models exceed the build volume of the printer.
  • Step 2: 3D print the model in one piece except for the antennas with our industrial large-format 3D printer. As it’s presented indoors, we recommend using SLA Tough Resin, which can reflect intricate details.
  • Step 3: Break the support structures and polish them with sandpaper. Post-cure them with UV to maximize the material properties. Then fill them with putty, ground paint and fine color them with reference to the HD photos of these insects.
  • Step 4: Spray with UV-oil an glue the antennas onto their bodies.

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