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Articulated Tarantula

Creation's quality: 3.5/5 (4 votes)
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3D model description

Creepy Articulated Tarantula!!

No supports required. Just slice and print!!

3 versions available:

  • Tarantula_v2_baseA.stl: Includes easy-to-remove bases on both sides of the legs, for easier printing. After printing, just remove carefully the leg tabs (see postprinting video).
  • Tarantula_v2_baseB.stl: Includes easy-to-remove bases on the legs, just on the tips.
  • Tarantula_v2.stl: Original tarantula without base tabs (you may need raft or brim for the legs to stick correctly on the bed).

Check my other articulated designs here!

3D printing settings

A good first layer is mandatory for the print to success. Be sure your printer is calibrated and you have good bed adhesion.
Good layer cooling is also recommended, as it prevents curling and warping on overhangs.

  • 3D file format: STL
  • Last update: 2020/12/18 at 11:45
  • Publication date: 2020/12/16 at 17:00





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Which slicer are you using? I've successfully printed it with Cura, Simplify3D, PrusaSlicer and Chitubox. Are you sure it's an STL issue? If that's the case, you should view the "garbage" on the gcode preview. If not, it's probably a printer issue. You can reach me at if you need further assistance.

I can't seem to print this model.

Anytime you go to bring it into a slicer is has so many non-manifold edges it just prints garbage.

For all my models, if I want 100% success I go for 15% infill (maybe 10% if I scale up the model).
Anyway, I've tested all my designs at 0% infill and they work perfectly. Of course they are not as strong, but I use them mainly for decoration.
My advice for the spider, if you have advanced slicer knowledge, is to print it very big (like 20 cm). 3 perimeters and 0% infill on the legs (and palps), 2 perimeters and 5% triangular infill on the body centered on the abdomen. Also I recommend using the _baseA.stl, as it is more reliable.

What do you normally set for the infill on your articulated creatures? This is the first one I've purchased/printed.

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