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Scarab Beetle Box (with secret lock)

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The scarab beetle is a small model with a secret compartment which is accessed by pulling back a "drawer" and opening up the beetle's wing case. The box is locked by closing the wing case and pushing the drawer back into place.

This model is styled after the "Egyptian Revival" of the 19th and early 20th centuries rather than Ancient Egypt. For more information, visit this excellent page
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/erev/hd_erev.htm.
It is worth researching this style as it is beautiful and striking.
To the ancient Egyptians, the scarab beetle was symbolic of the sun (Ra) moving across the sky every day (the beetle rolling a ball of dung was seen to represent this). My model has a stylized beetle with a winged Ra between his two front feet.
The model consists of 12 parts which must be fitted together.
All pieces print without support.
It also has my design logo on the bottom of it:-)
UPDATE: I have uploaded a third version of the drawer file after it was noted that it had a tendency to fall open but the second version was too big. The file drawer_v3.stl file has a height of 12.45mm whereas the fitting for it int he middle_part.stl file is 12.5mm. This may require some sanding Thanks to MacGyver for pointing out the original issue to me and Botmaster for alerting me to the second problem.

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The assembly instructions are here:
http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Scarab-Beetle-Box-Assembly-Instructions/
Please read these instructions as they will contain any updates I have had to make and instructions for modified files.

  • 3D model format: STL

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British techie (now 3D artist and designer) living in Texas since 2013. Owner of various open source printers. Love of assemblies, automata and support free models.

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:) Hi Loubie, I shared the Sorceress at my fb: https://www.facebook.com/zedar2000
I definitely will...but it takes awhile :) I m a newbie and have been researching for 2 years now and still cannot decide from the 1000s of 3d printers, from 3d print objects to jewelry, to food :) which one I want to invest in. I am wary that with the $3000+ spent that the printer will soon be outdated within 1 or 2 years. Could u share your experience about this? Is there a printer that does both cool 3d model projects and jewelry namely, multi material?

A lot of the 3d printed objects surface are quite coarse. Is there a printer that creates better and finer surfaces?

Thanks for sharing the stl

Thank you! If you print this, please post your make.

scarab beetle box is awesome!