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30+ Free 3D Print Files for Animal Models: Zoo in Your Home

Aug 17,2023 | 3D4Create

Want to bring an at-home zoo to life through 3D printing? This post rounds up 30 free animal 3D print files spanning farm animals, wildlife, pets and more. Read on below for whimsical, educational and creative animal prints any hobbyist or youngster will love.

Mini 3D Printed Panda Model - Cute Chubby Room Decoration

Lifelike 3D Printed Panda

 

1. T-rex (multi-material)

This impressive model uses multi-material printing for a lifelike dino with detailed skin texture and scales. The contrasting materials add depth and realism to recreate the king of dinosaurs.

  • Who designed it?  Cipis
  • How printable/popular is it? 1.7k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

2. Butterfly Kit Card

Teach butterfly anatomy creatively with this educational 3D print! This butterfly model is designed as a kit with wings that attach magnetically to the body. Print the wings and the body in vibrant colors. It's a perfect STEM teaching tool to show butterfly body parts, metamorphosis stages, and wing symmetry in an interactive way!

  • Who designed it?  Harms3D
  • How printable/popular is it? 1.4k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

3. Mini Schnauzer

An accurately sculpted mini schnauzer dog model captures the signature features of the breed including the bushy eyebrows, beard, rectangular body shape, and docked tail.

  • Who designed it?  Stwebster
  • How printable/popular is it? 1.5k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

4. Flexi Snail

Bendy eyestalks and antennas let you pose this garden snail model, perfect for an amusing desk or shelf ornament. Details like the smooth skin and molded details make this an endearing mini friend.

  • Who designed it?  PointBlake
  • How printable/popular is it? 3.4k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

5. Josef Prusa's pug Buddy

Pay tribute to the Prusa3D mascot with this 3D printed model of Buddy the pug in all his endearing wrinkled glory. This sculpture depicts Buddy, Prusa's real-life pug who is the mascot for Prusa3D printers. The details like the smushed snout, perky ears, and wrinkles capture Buddy's essence.

  • Who designed it?  Prusa Research
  • How printable/popular is it? 12k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

6. Articulated Goldfish Carp Fidget

Poseable fins let this goldfish fidget and swim gracefully through the air. The segmented body matches a real carp's fluid movement with scales modeled in segments that mimic the flow of a goldfish's body. Find more articulated model with a simple click!

  • Who designed it?  Jimson
  • How printable/popular is it? 1790 downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

7. Cuddling Owls (multi-material)

Showcase adorable owl friendship with this multi-material print of two owls sitting side by side in a tender embrace. Realistic feather detailing with finely printed feathers give the charming owls endearing personality.

  • Who designed it?  Cipis
  • How printable/popular is it? 462 downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

8. Articulated Snake v8 (bigger head)

Flexible vertebrae allow this snake print to slither and coil convincingly just like a real snake! The large imposing head design gives the snake dramatic presence.

  • Who designed it?  Harms3D
  • How printable/popular is it? 5.1k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

9. Fluffy sheep (single & multi-material)

Using high-quality PLA filament, this sheep 3D print brings new realism to the cute farm animal! The lamb's wooly coat is printed in white filament to mimic the look and feel of real fleece. Crisp details like the face, ears and hooves are rendered in a rigid, high-detail material.

  • Who designed it?  Cipis
  • How printable/popular is it? 400 downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

10. KUMATY : Polar Bear "Fun Poses" Pack

This polar bear model comes with preset poses like waving, dancing, standing on its legs, and more. The poses are cute and playful to show off the polar bear's charming personality!

  • Who designed it?  takman29
  • How printable/popular is it? 107 downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

11. Spider's Web

Add spooky texture anywhere with this lifelike intricate spider's web 3D print, complete with a lovely dangling spider. The finely printed crisscrossing threads recreate the look of a real web.

  • Who designed it?  E3D
  • How printable/popular is it? 13k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

12. TREEFROG

This tiny tree frog model will cling to your shelf or desk with suction cup toes just like a real tree frog! Smooth skin and bulging eyes are sculpted with tons of lively expression.

  • Who designed it?  Prusa Research
  • How printable/popular is it? 22k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

13. Low-Poly Squirtle

Reimagine the classic Pokémon Squirtle with this creative low-poly rendition! This simplified geometric design reduces Squirtle to basic shapes while still capturing the turtle-like essence. The rounded shell, cute facial features, and curly tail are all identifiable in the faceted low-poly form.

  • Who designed it?  Agustin Arroyo 
  • How printable/popular is it? 5.8k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

14. Articulated Axolotl- Print in Place

This stunning axolotl demonstrates the magic of print in place 3D printing. Eagerly observe the printer as it carefully constructs each part of the axolotl, making its limbs look like they're floating. Delicate features like the thin, feathery gills become visible right before you as the full body takes form. For more axolotl models, you can read this blog.

  • Who designed it?  AZURE3D
  • How printable/popular is it? 1.5k views
  • Where to find it? Cults
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

15. Low-Poly Pikachu

Moreover, electrify your desk with this artsy low-poly Pikachu! Print in iconic yellow and red filaments for a stylized take on Pokémon's beloved mascot. Display this low-poly Pikachu solo or alongside other minimalist Pokémon prints for a modern gaming collection.

  • Who designed it?  Agustin Arroyo 
  • How printable/popular is it? 11k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

16. Cutie Baby Turtle

Brighten your space with this precious baby turtle 3D print! Smooth curves form the bumpy newborn shell while tiny claws add realism. Big round eyes and a small beak mouth give this turtle tons of cheerful personality.

  • Who designed it?  squinn
  • How printable/popular is it? 11k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

17. Futurama Brain Slug

Take over your desk with the help of this sinister Futurama brain slug! Fans of the sci-fi cartoon will recognize this mind-controlling parasite from the show. The ridged cerebral matter is modeled in detail, complete with a toothy maw on the underside.

  • Who designed it? Ghettoblasta
  • How printable/popular is it? 1.3k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printable
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

18.Articulated Axolotl

It is a multi-part 3D printed model assembled using flexible joints for posing. Crafted from lustrous silk filament, each part of this unusual salamander shines in vivid colors. Despite its rigid appearance, specially designed joints allow gently positioning the axolotl's head, legs, and tail into different stances. 

  • Who designed it?  AKinferno
  • How printable/popular is it? 4,352 downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

19. Barry Bear

Add some woodland whimsy to your space with this charming Barry Bear print! This cute grizzly bear design captures the essence of a friendly forest friend with a sweet smiling face. Realistic details like the furry coat and little toes give Barry lifelike personality. 

  • Who designed it? Bugman_140
  • How printable/popular is it? 1.5k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

20. Floppy Wolf - Flexi Articulated Animal

Bring fantasy and whimsy to life with this articulated floppy wolf! turdy connectors keep the limbs securely attached while allowing fluid movement. Details like the shaggy fur and lolling tongue give this wolf tons of personality when posed sitting, standing, or mid-frolic.

  • Who designed it? IXPatch
  • How printable/popular is it? 5.3k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

21. Cute Llama - Flexi Articulated Animal 

Display your love of llamas in an adorable posable way with this articulated Cute Llama print!  Sturdy connectors keep the fluffy llama's limbs securely together while posing. With charming details like a fluffy coat, perky ears, and sweet doe-eyed face, you'll delight in posing this quirky llama.

  • Who designed it? IXPatch
  • How printable/popular is it? 5.3k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

22. Gizo the Spider

It is an adorable, posable 3D printed spider with a cute cartoonish appearance. The spherical body and articulated legs allow shaping this family-friendly spider into various poses. 

  • Who designed it? MerganMcFergan
  • How printable/popular is it? 4.2k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

23. Minecraft Chicken

Recognizable blocky pixel chicken from the classic sandbox game Minecraft. The cube-like shapes and signature features make this print nostalgic for gaming fans.

  • Who designed it? yoyothechicken
  • How printable/popular is it? 213 downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

24. Clipper - Articulated Dolphin

Make a splash on your desk with Clipper, the poseable articulated dolphin! This beautifully sculpted dolphin model features segmented joints so the fins can be positioned in graceful swimming poses. Details like the smooth skin, muscular body shape, and expressive eyes capture Clipper's streamlined essence.

  • Who designed it? kosteklvp
  • How printable/popular is it? 1.5k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

25. Curled Articulated Lizard

Show off the delicate movements of a little lizard with this curled articulated model. The flexible spine allows posing the body and tail into coiled positions. Segmented legs can be positioned independently for lifelike climbing stances. Crisp scales and sharp tiny claws add realism.

  • Who designed it? Stetofire
  • How printable/popular is it? 3.2k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

26. Cute hippo animal model

This adorable hippo model captures the happy essence of a smiling hippo with a chubby round body, little ears, and bumpy textured skin. Molded details even include toenails, wrinkles, and whiskers!

  • Who designed it? LayerModels
  • How printable/popular is it? 502 downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

27. Vulpix(Pokemon)

This fox-like Pokemon 3D print is modeled with perky ears and six signature curly tails, expertly sculpted to recreate the Vulpix fans will recognize.

  • Who designed it? Patrickart.hk
  • How printable/popular is it? 2.6k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

28. Christmas Card Reindeer

A festive reindeer model 3D printed in sections lying flat, designed to be printed without supports then assembled into a charming Christmas decoration. The gentle expression and intricate details capture the festive spirit.

  • Who designed it? Lex
  • How printable/popular is it? 2k downloads
  • Where to find it? Printables
  • Is it free or paid? Free

 

29. APOLLO From Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing fans, add the cranky eagle villager Apollo to your island with this creative 3D print! Apollo's bold aesthetic with his jet black feathers and striking yellow beak is perfectly captured in this model. Print the pieces in black, yellow, and orange filament and assemble them to bring Apollo to life. 

  • Who designed it? SKELEI
  • How printable/popular is it? 303 downloads
  • Where to find it? Cults
  • Is it free or paid? Free

IMG_5536.jpg Free STL file Apollo from Animal Crossing・Design to download and 3D print

 

30. Blathers From Animal Crossing

Blathers is the friendly museum curator from the popular video game series who educates players on fossils, art, bugs, and fish. This highly detailed model captures Blathers' signature look with his big eyes, bow tie, and feathered wings. Print all the pieces in rainbow filament and paint on details like his rosy cheeks. 

  • Who designed it? TROYSLATTON
  • How printable/popular is it? 800 downloads
  • Where to find it? Cults
  • Is it free or paid? Free

IMG_3396.jpg Free STL file Blathers from Animal Crossing・3D print object to download

 

Conclusion

With 30 free STL files covered, you can now fill your home with a custom collection of your favorite animals. Get creative painting them and craft an immersive miniature world. Let your imagination run wild with these free printable animals!

 

FAQS:

1. What types of animal models can I print?

There are diverse models available including dogs, cats, horses, farm animals, wild animals like lions and bears, dinosaurs, marine life, insects, and more. Anything you'd see in a zoo or natural history museum, you can likely find a 3D file for!

2. What materials work best for printing animals?

PLA filament provides good detail and a glossy finish for animal prints. Flexible filaments like TPU let you create posable joints and moveable parts for articulated models. Dual extrusion allows multiple color prints.

3. How difficult is it to print articulated animals?

Articulated models have more components and moving parts but assembly is straightforward. Look for designs optimized for home printing with interlocking joints. Beginners can start with solid models then work up to articulations.

See Also:

Best 25 3D Printed Fidget Toys

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6 Best 3D Printed Gift Ideas in 2023

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