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.

Three Dimensional (3D) Printing: a Straightforward, User-Friendly Protocol To Convert Virtual Chemical Models to Real-Life Objects / S. Rossi, M. Benaglia, D. Brenna, R. Porta, M. Orlandi. - In: JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION. - ISSN 0021-9584. - 92:8(2015), pp. 1398-1401.

Three Dimensional (3D) Printing: a Straightforward, User-Friendly Protocol To Convert Virtual Chemical Models to Real-Life Objects

S. Rossi;M. Benaglia;D. Brenna;R. Porta;M. Orlandi
2015

Abstract

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.
Chemoinformatics; General Public; Hands-On Learning/Manipulatives; Molecular Modeling; Molecular Properties/Structure; Organic Chemistry
Settore CHIM/06 - Chimica Organica
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