How do I use the "Quick Submit" feature on the Create page?

The "Quick Submit" feature allows you to enter a database accession code for a structure from an external repository to automatically create a 3D-printable file in the NIH 3D Print Exchange. This works for files from (1) the Electron Microscopy Data Bank, or EMDB; (2) the Protein Data Bank, or PDB; and (3) the NCBI PubChem small molecule structure database. Please note that you must have an NIH 3D Print Exchange account and be logged in to use this feature. You can login or create an account here.

  1. For electron microscopy density maps of macromolecular complexes and subcellular structures from the EMDB, you will need to enter the 4-digit numeric code from the file in the EMDB repository, fund in the URL format http://www.ebi.ac.uk/pdbe/entry/EMD-[emdbID]. For example, for the Structure of immature Dengue virus at low pH, we see from the URL and on the resulting page that the accession code is "5006." Enter this code into the Quick Submit box with the drop-down for "EMDB ID" to generate a 3D-printable version of this virus.

  2. For biological macromolecular structures from the PDB, you will need to enter the 4-digit alphanumeric code from the file in the PDB, found in the URL format http://pdb.org/pdb/explore/explore.do?structureId=[pdbID]. For example, for the Plasmodium falciparum dihydroorotate dehydrogenase with a bound inhibitor, we see from the URL and on the resulting page that the accession code is "1TV5." Enter this code into the Quick Submit box with the drop-down for "PDB ID" to generate a 3D-printable version of this structure.

  3. For small molecule structures from PubChem, you will need to enter the numeric chemical ID ("CID"), which is an integer between 1 and 8 digits. This can be found in the URL format https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/[CID]. For example, for theobromine, we see from the URL and on the resulting page that the CID is "5429". Enter this code into the Quick Sumbit box with the drop-down for "CID" to generate a 3D-printable version of this structure.