[Chimera-users] Labeling 3D structures in Chimera (and saving them as such)

Greg Couch gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu
Fri Apr 8 10:44:40 PDT 2011

For a ZCorp printer that has the ZPrint software, I'd recommend 
exporting VRML files from Chimera.  The advantage of VRML over STL is 
that VRML includes the color information and that Chimera is not as good 
as ZPrint at decimating spheres and cylinders into appropriate sized 
triangles for 3D printing.  Use the File / Export Scene dialog to export 
VRML files from chimera or use the export command.  And be aware that 
the cylinders used for bonds might need to be thickened so they don't 
break.  And you might need to add fake bonds to make the structure 
physically stable.



On 04/08/2011 10:16 AM, Bilal Asif wrote:
> Hi Elaine,
> Thank you for such a comprehensive email!
> We had some follow up questions, however, which we were hoping you 
> would be able to answer. We are attempting to use Chimera to model 
> proteins, and then print them using a 3D printer (ZCorp software). The 
> following file types are compatible with the printer software:
> 3DS
> Can Chimera save in any of these formats, that can be used to print 
> proteins? How would one save the session as one of these? 
> Additionally, I had a question about saving the session in Chimera, to 
> preserve labels and colored atoms. Is such a saved session a 
> Chimera-specific file, where it cannot be read by external programs?
> Thank you for your time.
> Bilal Asif
> Stony Brook University, NY
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