Blender NIH3D Tips

Tip: Use H and alt+H to hide regions of the mesh you aren't working on so you can still manipulate the region of the mesh you are working on without experiencing system lag!

Thanks for sharing, Chris! We'll keep this topic in mind for future video tutorials.

Hi, Meghan, and thanks!

I just uploaded the first part of a video tutorial series on this in Blender 2.79. 

The video shows the process with voice-over instructions in about 15 minutes. 

 
How to Close Holes and Clean Large 3D Models - Part 1 from Christopher Leggett on Vimeo. A video tutorial to guide one through the process of closing large holes in 3D models.

I've embedded the tutorial, here:

 

~CRL

I successfully used Quick Submit and viewed the various file outputs before printing my molecule on a Makerbot printer. I will have to hand color the surface features of charge and hydropathy. Where can I find the key to define the colors used for surface features?

Hello lloydyu, That's a clever way to add color back to the models after printing. 

The hydrophobicity and charge coloring are generated in Chimera, their documentation explains it further.  

Hydrophobicity surface shows amino acid hydrophobicity in the Kyte-Doolittle scale, blue is most hydrophillic and red is most hydrophobic.  

http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/pipermail/chimera-users/2010-June/005263.html

For the coulombic surface red is negative and blue is positive, on a scale from -10 (red) to 0 (white) to +10 (blue) kcal/(mol-e) at 298K.

http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimera/current/docs/UsersGuide/midas/coulombic....

http://www.cgl.ucsf.edu/chimera/docs/ContributedSoftware/coulombic/coulo...

We'd love to see what your model looks like after you're finished!  It's possible upload photographs of your print to the model page with the "I Printed This" button.  

What is the best laptop for content creation and 3D printing with Blender NIH3D. Macbook is no doubt a good deal but what about a Windows laptop. Can it be compared with MacBook for such work and if yes, then which one is better. Thanks.