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A-form RNA Helix Stand

by codygeary, published

A-form RNA Helix Stand by codygeary Feb 7, 2013

Description

This is a molecular model of an RNA helix. RNAs are transcribed from DNA in the cell and are important to many cellular processes.

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Cool! I have been studying the requirements for makerbot models a little closer, and I might have to really redesign this to make it printable. One idea is to make the bases thicker so there isn't a gap between them. I will try to do it when I get a chance. :-)

Also, I will be posting a DNA helix model soon as well.

I'd love to try to print this on a Makerbot. If you want to add the support bars, I'd be happy to give it a go.

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This will require support material to print properly. It's also available on Shapeways to print (at cost, no markup) if you do not have the ability to print this at home.

If people are interested I can try to make another version that has small bars in between the base-pairs to allow it to be printed without dissolvable support. (but I don't own a 3D printer so I'd need a volunteer to test it out).

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brianharper on Feb 18, 2013 said:

I'd love to try to print this on a Makerbot. If you want to add the support bars, I'd be happy to give it a go.

codygeary on Feb 24, 2013 said:

Cool! I have been studying the requirements for makerbot models a little closer, and I might have to really redesign this to make it printable. One idea is to make the bases thicker so there isn't a gap between them. I will try to do it when I get a chance. :-)

Also, I will be posting a DNA helix model soon as well.

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