[Chimera-users] control of scale in STL output files

Jonathan Schaefer jons73 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 18 09:02:00 PST 2009


I've got a question about controlling the scale of protein models in .stl
files generated by Chimera under File/Export Scene in the GUI.

I'm trying to print a 3D model of two interacting proteins with a rapid
prototyping machine that takes .stl files as input.  The two proteins are
co-crystalized and contained in one .pdb file (1nbf).  I want the two
proteins to be printed at the same scale so that I could fit them together
like legos.  Can I achieve this by getting a scale set, then showing just
the first chain and exporting the data to a .stl file, followed by showing
just the other chain and exporting the data to a second .stl file?

I'm a novice to Chimera, so I might be missing something obvious.  Any help
you offer will be appreciated.

Jonathan Schaefer
Morgan Lab
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