[Chimera-users] Create an artificial bond between ribbons for 3D printing

Hurt, Darrell (NIH/NIAID) [E] darrellh at niaid.nih.gov
Tue Apr 28 09:24:18 PDT 2015


Just to follow up, the NIH 3D Print Exchange URL is:

http://3dprint.nih.gov








On 4/28/15, 12:04 PM, "Hurt, Darrell (NIH/NIAID) [E]"
<darrellh at niaid.nih.gov> wrote:

>Hi David,
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>Chimera friends, please forgive me for stepping in here.
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>Chimera is a terrific tool for preparing proteins for 3D printing. In
>fact, we use it at the NIH 3D Print Exchange to transform PDB and other
>files into 3D-printable objects. Although I'm sure that Elaine or others
>could give you some great advice about how to do this yourself in Chimera,
>I would also like to invite you to try the NIH 3D Print Exchange. Once you
>register (for free) you can use our "Create" tools to upload the PDB file
>of your trimer and get several different representations of your protein
>suitable for 3D printing, including a ribbon representation with the
>individual ribbons joined.
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>If our automated tools are not sufficient for your purposes, I would be
>happy to share a few hints with you. For starters, I think the tool you
>want is called "struts" in Chimera:
>http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimera/current/docs/UsersGuide/midas/struts.html
>
>Hope that helps,
>Darrell
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>On 4/28/15, 9:47 AM, "David Bhella" <David.Bhella at glasgow.ac.uk> wrote:
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>>Dear Chimera users,
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>>I am trying to prepare a ribbon diagram for 3D printing. As the molecule
>>is a trimer, I would like to create a join between the ribbons such that
>>the model is sent to the printer as a single part.
>>So, I thought that I might be able to create a bond, but I suspect that
>>the current tools may not be able to achieve this. Ideally I don¹t want
>>to have to show side chains, moreover the bond needs to be preserved when
>>exported as STL format and finally it will be quite long.
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>>The only tool that would seem to come close to my requirement is the
>>distance measure, however I can¹t see how to convert that pseudo bond to
>>a cylinder that will be exported.
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>>Any suggestions would be gratefully received.
>>
>>Thanks,
>>D.
>>
>>Dr David Bhella
>>MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research
>>Garscube Campus
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>>Scotland (UK)
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