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3D Printing Molecules

Published May 7, 2022

3D Printing Molecules

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."

— Albert Einstein


Parts are manufactured using 3D printing, which is an additive technology. It's 'additive' in the sense that it doesn't need a block of material or a mold to make physical objects; instead, it stacks and fuses layers of material. It's usually quick, has cheap fixed setup costs, and can produce more complicated geometries than 'conventional' technologies, with an ever-growing variety of materials. It's widely utilized in the engineering field, especially for prototyping and designing lightweight geometries.

But how can 3D printing help in molecules?

According to NIH, the molecule is defined as the smallest particle of a substance that has all of the physical and chemical properties of that substance. Molecules are made up of one or more atoms. If they contain more than one atom, the atoms can be the same (an oxygen molecule has two oxygen atoms) or different (a water molecule has two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom). Biological molecules, such as proteins and DNA, can be made up of many thousands of atoms.

Molecules can’t be seen by naked eyes; you need electronic microscope to see their interactions bindings and even more.

That’s where 3D printing comes.
In order to study various complicated interactions of molecules, a database by the American Chemical Society containing moreover 30 thousand different modeling for chemical molecules and complicated structures to be printed and studied on the sight of your eyes with accuracy reaching 100%.

3D printers can provide these models in different scales also printing them with different materials so that it can suit every project, study or even chemical researches!

Technology seizes to provide human in many aspects of life, and 3D printing is one of the major technologies that helps in different ways from giving a human being a new chance to live to creating minimized demonstration of chemical molecules.

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