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The Sporaloba Tree is an alien species found on the exoplanet Aether, Planet 579a in the Milky Way Galaxy. It's 150 years in the future and space exploration is a commerical enterprise. Pioneer teams are sent out to habitable planets to conduct in person research of the natural resources, and to set up working settlements for colonists to arrive. Many planets are simply mined for profit and others are colonised - space is now big business.
The planet Aether has rich biodiversity, an acceptable atmosphere for humans and slightly higher gravity than Earth. The Sporaloba Tree is a unique specimen, reminding Earth scientists of a tree, a fungus and a coral. It has the trunk of a tree, drawing water and nutrients from the soil, but where leaves would normally be found are fleshy fan-like structures that pulse with life. The pods mixed among the 'leaves' release spore during the night for breeding, and the fans filter particles from the air just like coral do in the ocean. They even contain bacteria that live symbiotically with the 'leaf'. The Sporaloba Trees are an important habitat for many smaller creatures on Aether.
The Sporaloba Tree is part of the Space Pioneers Collection of 3D miniatures, which was first available on our Patreon channel in February 2021. Our Patreon creates different collections of sci-fi miniatures each month - https://www.patreon.com/printminis.
This download includes the Sporaloba Tree (which is printed in three parts). The downloadable STLs contain the 3D miniatures and all the pre-supported files too. They have been thoroughly print tested, so you can simply slice & print!
Don't forget to check out the rest of the collection on our store. You can actually buy the full set of alien species for a 20% saving here: https://www.myminifactory.com/object/3d-print-161372