Piping Plover Egg Model
3D-printable Piping Plover Egg .STL file.
This is a digital file ready to be 3D printed and painted by you!
This is a 3D printable Piping Plover egg (Charadrius melodus) for all your artificial Piping Plover egg needs! Print it out and paint it and you’ll have a nice little decoy egg. Print a few and place them in a divot in the sand, and you’ll have a believable decoy nest! Best of all, this model is free!
This 3D printable, digital file is in STL format. It is scaled to life-size and ready for you to print and paint. This Piping plover egg is 32.47mm tall and 24.79mm wide, which is the average egg size for this species.
Piping Plovers are an small sparrow-sized species of shorebird that breed on sandy beaches in North America. In Ontario and much of the United States, they are listed as an endangered or threatened species at risk.
Their nests consist of a scraped depression in the sand, loosely decorated with shells and other beach debris to camouflage it. Breeding pairs of Piping Plovers typically lay from 2-4 eggs per clutch.
While we used an airbrush to paint our eggs, you can achieve similar results with a paintbrush for the base colour coat, and flicking your thumb along a toothbrush loaded with dark paint as a speckling technique. Alternatively, you could painstakingly add each individual dark spot with a fine-bristled paintbrush.
Our tested print settings
We successfully printed this model in resin on an LCD printer using the following settings. You may try to print it on an FDM 3D printer but due to its small size, it might be difficult.
- Oriented upright
- Layer height: 0.05
- Wall thickness: 2.5mm
- No infill
- 3mm drainage hole on the top and bottom
- Support material: True
We filled the drainage holes with more UV-sensitive resin and cured it with a UV light source. Then, we sanded the ends so the patched drainage holes were undetectable.
Feel free to use these settings as a guide or use your own preferred settings. These are just the settings that we used when printing.
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