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Butterfly Box

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3D model description

Surprise a loved one with this custom gift box containing fluttering butterflies and a center compartment to hold candies or other small items.

Printing: The Butterfly Box prints in six pieces. Prints well in PLA: other materials may work but have not been tested. No support structure is needed for the box or the lower wings on the butterfly. A small support is needed to print the upper wings of the butterfly. The flying butterflies are powered by rubber bands.

Assembling: Glue walls to the bottom of the box; let dry. Assemble butterflies with rubber bands and optional washers.* Gently bend the upper wings in opposing directions to produce flying effect. Bend box walls upward; wind butterflies and position inside the folding walls. Place lid atop the walls. (Tip: use a larger rubber band to hold the box walls up while winding and loading the butterflies.)

Supplies Needed:

Rubber Bands - NO.8 or 1/4 inch (13mm)


3D Printed Washer (Included)


Recommended washers: Traxxas part number 3982 PTFE-Coated 6X8X0.5mm


Alternate washers: Any Amazon 6X8X0.5 washer (shim), usually stainless steel.

*Butterflies fly best when washers are used between the two printed parts. Butterflies will still work without washers but will not have as much of a flying effect.

(Disclaimer) Butterflies flutter up to 6 inches high. They are not designed to fly far.

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3D printer file information

  • Design number: 698267
  • 3D design format: ZIP Folder details Close
    • Butterfly .zip
      • Easy Print Butterfly Lower Wings.stl
      • Butterfly Upper Wings.stl
      • Butterfly Washer.stl
    • Butterfly
      • Butterfly Box Lid.stl
      • Butterfly Box Wall.stl
      • Butterfly Box.stl

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  • Publication date: 2022-04-18 at 23:07


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