Make chemistry in to art!
This is a puzzle, where you can take a molecule or chemical compound of your choice and print it in to a puzzle. You can also have some information on the base plate about the molecule or it's properties.
There are a lot of different pieces, but it's rather simple to select the ones you need:
- Select which molecule you want to print, and learn how many atoms, bonds, etc it has.
- Extract the Center_and_Large .zip file to access all pieces
- Select the pieces accordingly and include one "center piece", which has a hole to mount it to the base with the smaller Base Pin.
- Customize Your Base Plate in either the Customizer or editing the .scad file directly with OpenScad
- Print all pieces
- Assemble the puzzle!
The "Atoms" are labeled so, that the first number is the number of holes for bonds it has and then some have the angle between the holes.
The different bonds (single double, triple etc.) are differentiated by printing them in different color.
The Customizer does not seem to like subscript numbers, so to have those, you must edit the .scad file with OpenSCAD
Check out my other designs here: https://www.thingiverse.com/Superbeasti/designs
eSUN/das Filament PLA
The pins have to printed really slow to avoid clearance issues (the faster you print, the smaller the pin diameter gets). Best results were achieved with vase mode 0.8mm line width and 15mm/s speed. Printed on top of rafts and with maximum cooling.
Overview and Background
The core idea here is to get to learn about chemistry using simple puzzle type 3D printable model of chemical compounds. To create these, you must first learn about the compound in question and apply the knowledge in to the finished design.
Lesson Plan and Activity
Students will all choose which compound they want to create, learn about it, it's properties, structure, general information etc. The base plate can be then customized accordingly and information about the selected compound can be added to it. Then it's simply time to select the pieces required for the compound and print them all in suitable colors.
Internet access or another source of information about chemistry
Different colour filaments