Bringing crystal structures to reality by three-dimensional printing

Kitson, P. J., Macdonell, A., Tsuda, S., Zang, H., Long, D.-L. and Cronin, L. (2014) Bringing crystal structures to reality by three-dimensional printing. Crystal Growth and Design, 14(6), pp. 2720-2724. (doi:10.1021/cg5003012)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/cg5003012

Abstract

The process of converting structural models derived from single-crystal X-ray diffraction experiments into physical models for the purposes of visualization/communication and collaboration by the use of three-dimensional (3D) printing techniques is described. Digital information regarding the relative positioning of atoms in a crystal structure is translated, using a suite of computer programs, into a 3D computer model of a solid form, corresponding to that information which can then be saved in a file format for 3D printing. These files are then used to produce to-scale physical models of the structural information using two different 3D printing methodologies.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kitson, Dr Philip and Tsuda, Dr Soichiro and MacDonell, Mr Andrew and Long, Dr De Liang and Cronin, Professor Leroy
Authors: Kitson, P. J., Macdonell, A., Tsuda, S., Zang, H., Long, D.-L., and Cronin, L.
Subjects:Q Science > QD Chemistry
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Crystal Growth and Design
Publisher:American Chemical Society
ISSN:1528-7483
ISSN (Online):1528-7505

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