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ERIC Number: EJ1082398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
3D-Printing Crystallographic Unit Cells for Learning Materials Science and Engineering
Rodenbough, Philip P.; Vanti, William B.; Chan, Siu-Wai
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n11 p1960-1962 Nov 2015
Introductory materials science and engineering courses universally include the study of crystal structure and unit cells, which are by their nature highly visual 3D concepts. Traditionally, such topics are explored with 2D drawings or perhaps a limited set of difficult-to-construct 3D models. The rise of 3D printing, coupled with the wealth of freely available crystallographic data online, offers an elegant solution to materials science visualization problems. Here, we report a concise and up-to-date method to easily and rapidly transform actual crystallography files to 3D models of diverse unit cells for use as instructional aids.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Materials Research (DMR); National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1206764; 1222624