Welcome to the website “Design of crystallographic models for 3D printers (Teaching Innovation Project nº 5 UCM 2019-2020 )”.

In this web you will find 3D crystallographic models. These models will allow you to visualised a number of crystal forms and to study the symmetry of the corresponding point groups. This content will be useful for studying crystallography subjects, which are taught in the Degrees of Geology and Chemistry. The models are catalogued by crystal system and by point group (or crystal class), using the Hermann-Mauguin notation (see the upper menu).

In each of the point group you can find images of the different crystallographic models. By clicking on the images you will be redirected to the thingiverse website, where the files are hosted.

In that web, you can rotate the models to see them from different angles (clicking on the button marked with a red circle in the image bellow). In addition, you can download the .stl files to print the models using a 3D printer (or to modify them using some 3D modelling software, such as Paint3D or Blender). All models have been designed to be lying down on one face (to facilitate the printing process). The default size of the models is 10 cm (largest dimension).

This project will be active, at least, during the academic year 2019-2020. We will add new models and contents to the website through all the year. If there is a particular crystallographic model that you want to visualise and it is not yet available, please write to us using the contact form. We will add the requested models to the pending list and we will design them as soon as possible.

We hope that you will find this website useful for learning Crystallography.

The work team

Update (21/07/20): in the last months, thingiverse has behaved erratically, making the 3D display button appear and disappear from the models. In order to visualize the 3D models in the computer we recommend to follow the steps shown in the following video: