Various 3D periodic tables

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Various 3D periodic tables by Tolle Feb 23, 2013
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Use these when teaching the young 'uns about various trends among the elements! The higher the box, the bigger the relative value (biggest = 3 cm high).

OOPS! Density was incorrect -- fixed now, at least the individual STL download is fixed -- the ZIP version of density still looks like it must be melting point, and I'm too lazy and have too slow of a connection to fix it! Sorry for the inconvenience!


I used openscad to create this, using data found on various websites (webelements among others.) If data wasn't known (see: Darmstadtium) the value was simply left at zero. One openscad file is included, in case you want to tediously tweak it -- I used excel to build it, and if you want that file, let me know. The openscad file should be placed in the same directory with write.scad.

The different stl files are renderings of different trends (1st ionization energy, Z effective, etc.) They are all labelled, but to use them as a "mystery trend" that needs explaining, you could always cover up the label with a piece of duct tape! The corners were warping a little (nothing too serious) on a previous version, and the table wasn't "centered" too well on its base -- it is a little better now. I printed on a replicator 2 with "natural" filament, and used a sharpie to color the symbols.

(A shout-out to my 3rd, 5th, and 7th period chemistry students!)

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just awesome! going to use this in my class!!!

If you look closely at the STL files you'll notice that the vast majority of the letters are not connected to the periodic table itself which is probably why a lot of the letters are not printing well. It also will cause some to fall off if it is printed at a small enough layer thickness.

Wish I had this last year for my A-levels!

Can you share file "write.scad" too? I want to modify your tables a bit, but openSCAD needs this file with modules. Thanks!

You'll need to go to the files here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:16193


Brilliant. Thank you

This table is nice, but why not incorporate the f-block elements into the main table, and if not, then lutetium and lawrencium should be in the d-block where Lanthanum and Actinium currently are (the most common and frustrating periodic table error).

Yeah, the M's and n's on my own wouldn't print well either, but most other letters do. If I get ambitious, I'm going to create a two-color version for the makerbot 2x, but that getting to the edge of my ability. I used these in my chemistry class this year and they actually turned out to be helpful for some kids! If anyone else has printed and used these to teach someone about periodic trends, I'd appreciate if you could let me know -- it'd tend to encourage me to spend my spring break doing something useful, perhaps.

When I try printing these on Replicator 2 some of the letters do not print correctly. Mainly the M's and N's.

If I download the density.stl file individually, I get the correct file. But if I download the zip file, it still contains the old, incorrect version. I'm not sure if that's something you can fix or if Thingiverse needs to fix it, but I thought I'd let you know.