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How to print a crystal structure model in 3D

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We present a simple procedure for the conversion of Crystallographic Information Files (CIFs) into Virtual Reality Modelling Language (VRML2, .wrl) files, which can be used as input files for three-dimensional (3D) printing. This procedure permits facile production of customized full-colour 3D models of X-ray crystal structures of segments of extended structures, including metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) as well as small molecules. The method uses freely available software that runs under Microsoft Windows, MacOSX and Linux operating systems.

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The article was received on 19 Feb 2014, accepted on 04 Apr 2014 and first published on 04 Apr 2014


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/C4CE00371C
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2014,16, 5488-5493
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    How to print a crystal structure model in 3D

    T. Chen, S. Lee, A. H. Flood and O. Š. Miljanić, CrystEngComm, 2014, 16, 5488
    DOI: 10.1039/C4CE00371C

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