I love everything about this thing. It’s jewelery, it’s a bug, and it’s got an LED. What’s not to like?! While this isn’t the first insect on Thingiverse, it is easily the shiniest. It’s a four-part print – bracelet, two wings, and body that are assembled with hot glue. I rather like the contrast in textures created by the different build orientation of the four printed pieces.
As with any multi-part print, I wonder whether this design could be modified to print all of the parts in a single plate and assembled without tools or glue. Given that the body is printed upright (Probably to accommodate the cavity for the LED, battery, and leads) , I’m fairly confident all of the parts could be arranged to be printed as a single STL file.
Neurothing mentions his plans to sell these at the upcoming Maker Faire in New York. Just imagine – if this design could be assembled without additional tools or glue, nuerothing could print them before your very eyes, peel the raft off the build platform, drop the parts into a bag with the LED and battery, and send you on your way. The production of the thing could become part of the sales experience, rather than just a precursor to the transaction.