[Chimera-users] Saving a multiscale model in VRML

Greg Couch gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu
Tue Jan 17 10:44:24 PST 2006

Just to follow up, if you export your data in the X3D format, there is a 
publicly available converter to convert it to VRML as documented in the 
Chimera User's manual (click Help in the Export Scene dialog or use the 
link given by Elaine and look at the paragraph about XSL).  That would get 
you everything (surfaces, spheres, sticks, lines, and points) in VRML.  We 
plan to make this easier someday.

 	Greg Couch
 	UCSF Computer Graphics Lab
 	gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu

On Tue, 17 Jan 2006, Elaine Meng wrote:

> Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 10:17:53 -0800
> From: Elaine Meng <meng at cgl.ucsf.edu>
> To: R. Andrew Byrd <rabyrd at ncifcrf.gov>
> Cc: chimera-users at cgl.ucsf.edu
> Subject: Re: [Chimera-users] Saving a multiscale model in VRML
> Dear Dr. Byrd,
> You can save the surfaces from Multiscale Models as VRML using
> File... Export Scene in Chimera. VRML is one of the choices (not
> everything in Chimera can be exported as VRML, but surfaces can).
> Here is the man page corresponding to our last production release
> (November, version 1.2184):
> http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimera/1.2184/docs/UsersGuide/export.html
> Besides symmetrical multimers, Multiscale Models can also be used to
> generate a low-resolution surface for PDB structures that don't have
> any particular higher-order symmetry: a simple monomer, or something
> with many chains like a ribosomal subunit.  Just open the structure
> in Chimera, start Multiscale Models (Tools... Higher-Order
> Structure... Multiscale Models), and then click Make Models.
> Multiscale Models man page:
> http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimera/1.2184/docs/ContributedSoftware/
> multiscale/framemulti.html
> If you run into any difficulties, please feel free to write back!
> Best,
> Elaine
> -----
> Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D.                          meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
> UCSF Computer Graphics Lab and Babbitt Lab
> Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
> University of California, San Francisco
>                      http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/home/meng/index.html
>> Our publications group has a new device that they call a 3D printer.
>> It can make solid models from a data file.  They have made models
>> from pdb files as ball-and-stick, and I saw one surface rendered
>> model. They
>> tell me that the input is in VRML.  So, I am wondering how to make
>> a VRML file from a session in Chimera where Multiscale Model tool
>> is used
>> to make a surface rendering of a complex model...several proteins.  My
>> model is not as complex as the virus examples for multiscale models,
>> but the ability to make different resolution surfaces is a powerful
>> aid.  I would like to try and 'print' a 3D model of this surface
>> rendered
>> complex.
>> Any help in out to output the VRML file for the printer?>
>> Thanks
>> Andy
>> --
>> R. Andrew Byrd, Chief
>> Structural Biophysics Laboratory
>> National Cancer Institute
>> V 301-846-1407
>> F 301-846-6231
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