Convert a Chem3D file to printable format

Discussion in 'Software and Applications' started by lavartz, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. lavartz
    lavartz New Member
    Hi gurus,

    I'm Chemistry guy looking for a print of a chemical structure.
    I have a software that makes the 3D forms but i am not sure in which format i should be using to be uploadable on Shapeways. I don't see the standerd X3D option on "save as" file types. I'm attaching picture of several other option which might sound familiar to you. I just want to have nice model.
    Thanks guys

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    Last edited: Jan 9, 2012
    JACANT Well-Known Member

    This screenshot is from the import mesh menu, in Meshlab, it's free. It has the file *.pdb as an import type. Maybe this will work for you. Once it is in Meshlab you may be able to manipulate your model, you will then have to export mesh as either an .stl or .obj for it to be accepted by Shapeways. There is another free progam called Netfabb where you can scale, check and repair your model.
    Hope this helps.
  3. lavartz
    lavartz New Member
    Tried. it did not work.
    any other ideas. Thanks for helping me out

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    JACANT Well-Known Member
  5. stop4stuff
    stop4stuff Well-Known Member
  6. stonysmith
    stonysmith Well-Known Member Moderator
    This EMF file didn't have anything in it but the bounding box. Perhaps you need to select all the items before you export.

    I also just noticed that the 3DS format is one of the choices. Can you try exporting that?

    Feel free to PM me if you wish.
    JACANT Well-Known Member
    I was looking on Google for 'Corannulene' and on the images I noticed that it looks like it is a segment of a 'geodesic dome'. If it is, there is more than one way to skin a cat !!!

    Are you familiar with Sketchup? You may be able to use this file as a starting point by adding spheres to the vertices and using the follow me command to make 'pipes' to join the structure together. Then delete what you don't want. There are lots of models and step by step instructions by TaffGoch, who by the way is a Physicist.
    It's worth a try, once you use it you will be hooked. 14391602137e32e8ebf2b1&ct=mdrm&prevstart=24
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2012
  8. Cre83D
    Cre83D New Member
  9. lavartz
    lavartz New Member
    What is it. I could a file in geometry. is it printable in shapeways?
  10. JACANT
    JACANT Well-Known Member
    In case you didn't get my PM.
    It is printable, The size it is now is very small. it can be scaled.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2012
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    JACANT Well-Known Member
  12. lavartz
    lavartz New Member
    Yes. I'm still looking a very good way of making pdb into stl files
    Thanks for you reply

  13. JACANT
    JACANT Well-Known Member
    Did it work?
  14. lavartz
    lavartz New Member
    No. It did not work. How to make daga in text file??
    Like in xyz format.
  15. JACANT
    JACANT Well-Known Member
    Oh well, If I see anything I will let you know.

    I do not understand what you wrote
    "How to make daga in text file??"
    Could you explain.

    If you send me the PDB file by PM or by my email under this. I wiil try to make it work for you.
  16. lavartz
    lavartz New Member
    What i mean is that he xyz format of co ordinates. I could generate a text file with totally different way of text which is not readable.