P164: 3D printing of crystallographic models from STL files at open access databases
The Crystallography Open Database (COD, www.crystallography.net (in France), American mirror: nanocrystallography.org) features over 260,000 entries and has over the last decade developed into the world’s premier open-access source for structures of small to medium unit cell-sized inorganic and molecular crystals. It complements but does not duplicate the Worldwide Protein Data Bank. Recently, two members of the international advisory board of the COD have started to make 3D print files of crystallographic models, e.g. a ball and stick model of the sucrose molecule and a morphology model of the sucrose crystal, freely downloadable at two of the “educational offsprings” of the COD (nanocrystallography.research.pdx.edu, nanocrystallography.research.pdx.edu/media/mini-poster IYCr 2014.ppt). Computer programs (http://cad4.cpac.washington.edu) have recently been developed for converting open access CIF data directly into standard 3D print (STL) files. The usage of these programs is free for individual educators and researchers but requires a license from the University of Washington at Seattle for all commercial purposes.