Are you afraid of insects; those tiny, hairy, crawling ones with more than 30 eyes? Well, you’re not alone. People even invented a word for this ‘disease’, which is ‘entomophobia’. Probably the reason why entomophobians are afraid of insects is because those hairy little beasts are in fact alive. So, interesting question: what would happen to one’s entomophobia if the person was looking at an insect replica that was scaled up as many as 30 times? I mean, the insect’s shapes really come to life, while what you’re staring at is just plastic or another ‘dead’ material. Well, no-one likes insects, do they? In other words: put your fears to the test!
The insects displayed in this article are all made by a 3D printer, and they are hardly indistinguishable from the real ‘thing’. An Austrian guy, called Klaus Leitl created these pieces of art, using a Form 1+ printer, which costs more than 3000 dollars. Not only did he create this chillingly realistic replica of an ant (pictured above), but he also printed an entire group of scary friends, including a dragon fly, a hornet, a stonefly and a mayfly.
While most normal 3D printers aren’t capable of printing structures as detailed as a scaled up insect, Leitl and his Form 1+ printer managed to do the impossible. By using a 3D modeling program – called zBrush – he was able to get his preferred ‘insects’ printed. On the other hand: he cheated a little bit, because he printed all insects in multiple parts. For instance, for his mayfly-larva he first printed out as many as 25 parts. In general, he then painted all pieces, glued them, added hairs, antennas and wings and that was it.
In case you would like to see more of his creations – he’s also made some real looking replicas of octopuses and dinosaurs – just take a look at his website and check out more pictures. In addition, the man also does exhibitions with his 3D art. Would you dare to visit? Just watch a variety of entirely fake, but very scary insects here below and find out: