Since 2004 the Molecular Graphics Laboratory at the Scripps Research Institute has been making heavy use of 3D-printed full-color physical molecule models, some of which are articulated (left image), flexible (middle image), and even self-assembling (right image, see video). They also publish augmented reality systems that use those physical models.
Also see our entry 1995 – SDSC TeleManufacturing Facility.
- Web Page: http://mgl.scripps.edu/projects/tangible_models
- Tommy Toy (2011) How Arthur Olson's Molecular Graphics Lab at Scripps is Using 3D Printing and Augmented Reality to Design Better Drugs.
- Alexandre Gillet et al (2004) Computer-Linked Autofabricated 3D Models For Teaching Structural Biology.