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ERIC Number: EJ1073057
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Three Dimensional (3D) Printing: A Straightforward, User-Friendly Protocol to Convert Virtual Chemical Models to Real-Life Objects
Rossi, Sergio; Benaglia, Maurizio; Brenna, Davide; Porta, Riccardo; Orlandi, Manuel
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n8 p1398-1401 Aug 2015
A simple procedure to convert protein data bank files (.pdb) into a stereolithography file (.stl) using VMD software (Virtual Molecular Dynamic) is reported. This tutorial allows generating, with a very simple protocol, three-dimensional customized structures that can be printed by a low-cost 3D-printer, and used for teaching chemical education topics. With the use of the free licensed and multiplatform software, colored input geometries can be obtained by a simple-click modification procedure in order to generate .obj and .mtl files. An easy protocol to create personal .pdb files for 3D-printing technology is also reported.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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