This 3D Printed Virus Model Assembles when Shaken

3D printed model of a virus that self assembles when shaken

Posted By on Aug 17, 2011 |

This 40 second video shows a self assembling physical virus model, which is produced on a 3D printer. Shaking the components in a bottle produces a complete spherical viral capsid.

This video shot in real time with no tricks shows the process of self-assembly driven by random motion. It demonstrates how viruses and other complex biological organisms put themselves together without direction from the outside, except random motion from heat. Patent has been applied for.

In this second video, Professor Arthur J. Olson of the Scripps Research Institute demonstrates himself the 3D printed model of this virus that self assembles when shaken.

Olson is head of the Molecular Graphics Laboratory, which uses 3D computer models, 3D printing, and augmented reality to create tools for life science researchers and educators.

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