How we generate printable models on the Exchange

Molecular Data Models

When a PDB accession code is entered through our "quick submit" form, or a .pdb or similar molecular structure data file is uploaded, our pipelines create seven printable variations on the model:

  • solid ribbon (STL)
  • rainbow ribbon (VRML)
  • ribbon model, colored by secondary structure (VRML)
  • ribbon model, colored by chain (VRML)
  • solid surface model (STL)
  • hydropathic surface model (VRML)
  • surface model, colored by coulombic potential (VRML)

Volumetric Data Models

EMDB "quick submit" entries, microscopy image stack files, and other volumetric data are output in two versions:

  • solid isosurface (STL)
  • radial-colored isosurface (VRML)

X3D Formatting

When an STL or VRML file is added to the database, our tools create a corresponding file in the X3D format that is used to display the 3D image in the interactive 3D viewer.

3D Medical Image Stacks

Tutorial coming soon

3D Molecular Models

Tutorial coming soon

3D Image Stacks

See how it's done.