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Hercules Beetle (Dynastes hercules)


The Hercules beetle is one of the largest and most impressive insects in the world, and now you can have your own 3D-printed version of this magnificent creature! This high-quality stl file allows you to print a life-sized model of a Hercules beetle using your 3D printer. The model features intricate detailing and with a bit of paint, you can make it look just like the real thing.

Whether you’re a collector, a biology enthusiast, or just love unique and interesting objects, this 3D-printable Hercules beetle is sure to be a hit. Download and start printing today!

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Hercules beetles (Dynastes hercules) are a very large species of rhinoceros beetle. In fact, they are the longest beetle in the world. Adult males can reach up to 7 inches in length! Even though they are massive, Hercules Beetles can still fly, and they sound like a tiny helicopter when they do so. They live in the rainforests of Central and South America. Here, they spend a large portion of their lives as grubs, eating and living in large rotting logs on the forest floor. After their grubby life-stage, they pupate, then metamorphose into their adult life-stage. The adults are sexually dimorphic, meaning that males and females look different from each-other.

The 3D printable, digital files are in STL format. They’re scaled to life-size and ready for you to print and paint them.

This Male Hercules Beetle is 17cm long, which is a realistic size for an adult male of this species.

Adult male Hercules Beetle

Our tested print settings

This model is best suited for resin printing however we have also successfully printed this model in PLA on an FDM printer using these settings:

  • Nozzle size: 0.4mm
  • Layer height: 0.12
  • Wall thickness: 1.2mm
  • Infill: 5% lines
  • Support material: True

In order to print the model on an FDM printer, we found it easier to split the model in two halves: The thoracic and head half, and the abdominal half. Then the flat surface from the cut can be placed flat against the build plate. This way, all of the legs can be oriented upward and away from the build plate.

Feel free to use these settings as a guide or use your own preferred settings. They’re just the settings that we used when printing.

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Sculpt artist

Lincoln Savi