3d printing biology

Jess's maker blog

Often in textbooks proteins and molecules are rendered in a way which makes them look made of colorful plastic.  Would love to do an installation of some kids room with instead of toys, hundreds of 3D printed proteins in numerous colors, strewn about floor in a complete mess.  The problem with plastic appearance is that it’s hard and static- ideally proteins would be represented in a wobbly material.  Anyway, I wanted to put my flesh colored filament to good use so I printed some biological stuff, all models via 3dprint.nih.gov

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^I love the way the flesh filament looks as your peeling away support material..

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^mouse retina neuron from NIH 3dprint, data by eyewire.org

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Some nuclear pores.  Below: nuclear pores on an SEM image I took, 100,000x magnification.

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^GFP and clathrin cage.  GFP i can never get to print well- need dissolvable support.  Clathrin is a protein which assembles into cages around…

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