Butterfly – Life Cycle

Display the life cycle of a butterfly, including an egg, a caterpillar, a cocoon and an adult butterfly.

Description of the model

The life cycle of a butterfly. It contains 4 sections and a base. There are alternative versions of the adult butterfly, egg and chrysalis models.

Butterfly printed models and placed together

This model was designed and tested as part of the 3D4VIP project.

Printing instructions and tips

For FDM printers we use a default nozzle size of 0.4 mm.

We tested with a layer height of 0.18 mm and a first layer height of 0.27 mm.

No support is required.

There are alternative versions for the same life cycle state marked as “_alt” in the name of the file. Print whatever you prefer.



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  • Rotate with the left mouse button.
  • Zoom with the scroll button.
  • Adjust camera position with the right mouse button.
  • Double-click to enter the fullscreen mode.
  • On mobile devices swipe to rotate.
  • On mobile devices pinch two fingers together or apart to adjust zoom.
  • On mobile devices 3 finger horizontal swipe performs panning.

Additional Models

  • Butterfly_Base.stl
  • Butterfly_Egg.stl
  • Butterfly_Caterpillar.stl
  • Butterfly_Chrysalis.stl
  • Butterfly_Adult.stl
  • Butterfly_Egg_Alt.stl
  • Butterfly_Chrysalis_Alt.stl
  • Butterfly_Adult_Alt-1.stl