3D Printed Models And AR Help Chemists Develop Drugs [Video]
3D representations of molecular structures are printed out and analysis software is used to see how well they fit together.
In this video, Professor Art Olsen from The Scripps Research Institute demonstrates the chemical analysis software they use in the lab. It enables a webcam to track 3D printed models of enzymes and drug molecules so they can see how well the drugs will inhibit certain enzymes, such as the one for HIV protease shown in the video. The 3D models are picked up by the software and the augmented reality shows how well they fit together, using computer calculations to predict how the molecules will interact with each other.