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ERIC Number: EJ1159637
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Hands-On Data Analysis: Using 3D Printing to Visualize Reaction Progress Surfaces
Higman, Carolyn S.; Situ, Henry; Blacklin, Peter; Hein, Jason E.
Journal of Chemical Education, v94 n9 p1367-1371 Sep 2017
Advances in 3D printing technology over the past decade have led to its expansion into all subfields of science, including chemistry. This technology provides useful teaching tools that facilitate communication of difficult chemical concepts to students and researchers. Presented here is the use of 3D printing technology to create tangible models of reaction progress surfaces. Easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions are provided for the creation of these surfaces from IR, NMR, and HPLC data. More generally, this procedure enables conversion of any arrayed data set into a 3D-printable STL file. The general utility of these 3D-printed models is highlighted with three unique case studies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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