Question: Is There A Software For 3D Printing Of Pdb Structures?
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7.6 years ago by
Bergen, Norway
Michael Dondrup48k wrote:

I have just learned that we have a 3D printer, unfortunately I don't know the model and make. I was thinking about trying to print a PDB structure with it (just for fun now, but could be interesting for teaching). Is there software that allows to convert PDB files into formats supported by 3D printers, or has anyone tried this before and can share their experience. Or does this not make sense? Coding 3-D printers - The newest sub-field of bioinformatics? is somewhat related but focuses on lab equipment.

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ADD COMMENTlink modified 24 months ago by lindagrham210 • written 7.6 years ago by Michael Dondrup48k

Well, you can start with printing combs in case PDB structures are not available: :-)

ADD REPLYlink written 7.6 years ago by Biomonika (Noolean)3.1k

Here is a blog that recommends using UCSF Chimera to render the pdb and save as .stl files.

ADD REPLYlink written 7.6 years ago by Damian Kao15k

A modern molecular viewer is the key to render your molecule 3D structure. We use PyMol at RPBS.

ADD REPLYlink written 7.6 years ago by J. Maupetit0

Here are some, and a vague method of going from PDB to 3d print. Would be good to see your results!

ADD REPLYlink written 7.6 years ago by Ben2.0k
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7.6 years ago by
Alastair Kerr5.3k
Manchester/UK/Cancer Biomarker Centre at CRUK-MI
Alastair Kerr5.3k wrote:

You need a converter from the PDB format to openSCAD or at least to STL). There was a post on the makerbot website for the openscad converter but it is now 404ing but seems to be replaced by this post which includes a link to a fortran binary for conversion to openSCAD.

I think your success will depending on the structure though: see this blog post and the results that used chimera to perform the conversion to STL.

ADD COMMENTlink written 7.6 years ago by Alastair Kerr5.3k
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