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3D Printed Spider Bot



Remember Ben Simond's Master Class? He had his spider 3D printed, and it's looking awesome!

Ben writes:

This guy just arrived at the office. I think he’s looking pretty cool. If you haven’t seen him before, he’s one of the projects in my book, Blender Master Class. The book covers making him in blender, through the processes of modeling, sculpting, and texturing, then creating materials and rendering with the cycles render engine.

With the book finished I thought I’d get him 3D printed as a bit of a momento. I made some modifications to the model to make it more suitable for 3D printing, and sent the model files off to Shapeways to be printed. I’ll document the process soon in another post, but for now I just wanted to put up a few pictures. Also, if you want one of your own, you can find it on the Gecko Shapeways store.

Full disclosure: I'm community manager for Shapeways, where this spider scared the crap out of my colleagues ;-) If you're into spiders, we have some more for you.

About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. Thanks so much for this! I've always wondered how much of a hassle it would be to make some of my models 3D printable. You're thorough article was very helpfull. And encouraging:)
    Are you gonna give him a paintjob?

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