Model Information

3D Molecular Designs prints 3-D physical models of proteins and other molecular structures, with an emphasis on printing 3-D protein models using special techniques. We use 2 rapid prototyping technologies: the ZCorp 3D Printer and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). Both technologies are characterized as additive manufacturing, whereby a solid, 3-D object is constructed by adding materials in layers.

3DMD models are based on x,y,z coordinates obtained from pdb files of known structures, unpublished files or propriety files. We are happy to quote the cost of a model customized to meet your research, education or legal needs. Before submitting your request, you need to decide which technology, format and feature specifications you prefer. If you need help, please contact us or call 414-774-6562. Custom model orders generally take 2-4 weeks to produce. Larger and/or more complex models may take additional time to complete.




ZCorp plaster Cartoon & ribbon Color scheme
SLS nylon Alpha carbon backbone Hand-painted nylon
  Spacefill Magnet docking
  Surface Imprinted label
  Active site Flexible loop
  Multi-format Removable components


Price Information

Model prices range from $400 for a small, simple plaster model to $5,000 for a large, hand-painted, magnet-docked nylon model. Most models are in the $600 to $1200 range. To see some examples, visit our popular models page. The cost of our custom models is primarily determined by:

  • Design time - The amount of time it takes for one of our staff members to consult with you to find out what you want the model to feature, and then design the model.
  • Technology - Selective laser sintering technology costs 30% to 50% more than 3-D printing with a ZCorp machine.
  • Size and format - Models that require more material and/or more build time on the printer cost more.
  • Finishing features - Magnet docking and hand painting slightly increase the price of a model.

PDB File(s)

If you don’t have a pdb file yet, please visit the Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics Protein Data Bank.

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