This report demonstrates the viability of a new handleable protein molecular model with a soft and transparent silicone body similar to the molecule’s surface. A full-color printed main chain structure embedded in the silicone body enables users to simultaneously feel the molecular surface, view through the main chain structure, and manually simulate molecular docking. The interactive, hands-on experience deepens the user’s intuitive understanding of the complicated 3D protein structure and elucidates ligand binding and protein–protein interactions.
- Masaru Kawakamia (2012) A soft and transparent handleable protein model.
- TCT Magazine (2012) Transparent, handleable 3D printed molecular models.
- Left photo by Masaru Kawakami, published by TCT Magazine.