C&EN covers NIH's 3D Print exchange to aid in research and start the discussion on how this could benefit chemical education. As a spatial idiot, models were paramount in being able to imagine what was going on during reactions.
'The tangible printouts enabled scientists to get a fresh look at, and feel for, structures that they had studied for years, Hurt tells C&EN. “Having the 3-D print in their hands immediately opened up new understanding” of a structure’s form and function, he explains. “If a 3-D print is useful to these researchers by engaging more of their senses, imagine how useful it would be to students.”'
“When learning biochemistry, it’s really nice to be able to hold a viral kinase’s SH2 domain and talk about what it’s doing,” he says.