Elytra are the wing covers of beetles, from the Greek for "sheath."
Here you'll find biologically inspired sculptures designed for 3D printing. I strive to make forms that intrigue and surprise, and whose fabrication would profoundly challenge traditional production methods. Printing is uniquely well-suited to reproducing the involutions, overhangs and cavities that biological development creates so effortlessly.
I will print and post photographs of every design available here. If you want to try any of these designs in a material that I haven't tested, please let me know.
From above, a classic Egyptian scarab; from below, a real scarab.
The scarab is in a typical defensive posture, legs folded. As a result, it presents a strikingly different aspect when turned over.
This model is scaled to fit well in the hand, and because of the folded posture, is robust enough to travel well in a pocket. Mine goes with me everywhere. Warning: the claws are as sharp as they look.
Welcome. I'm a scientist who enjoys exploring nature's forms.