Screen Shots

The following images show structures created from scratch using the virtual reality Nanotech Construction Kit. Click each image for a higher resolution version in PNG format.
A Buckyball (C-60 Buckminsterfullerene) molecule created manually by interactively placing 60 triangles representing one carbon atom each.
Two Buckyballs connected by a short piece of carbon nanotube.
A short stretch of carbon nanotube with six hexagonal elements across.
A short stretch of spiralled carbon nanotube with 6.5 hexagonal elements across.
Three stretches of six-circumference carbon nanotube connected by a T-junction.
Four stretches of six-circumference carbon nanotube connected by a tetrahedral four-way junction.
A better T-junction between three stretches of nanotube. The junction consists entirely of pentagons, hexagons and heptagons. The junction shape was found entirely by trial and error, trying to fit the three pieces together as nicely as possible.
Small part of a space-filling silica grid. Each tetrahedron represents an SiO4 silica unit tetrahedron. Unit tetrahedra connect by sharing oxygen atoms at their vertices. The red spheres visualize unshared oxygen atoms.
A zeolite beta-cage consisting of 24 silica unit tetrahedra.
Five zeolite beta-cages connected to form a pentagon.
20 zeolite beta-cages connected to form a dodecahedron. Each of the twelve pentagonal faces has the structure shown in the image above.
One possible grid structure formed by connecting zeolite beta-cages.
Another possible grid structure formed by connecting zeolite beta-cages based on pentagonal faces.
Another zeolite grid formed by connecting beta-cages in a tetrahedral arrangement (leading to a spongy crystal with the superstructure of diamond).
Anaglyphic rendering of a quartz crystal.
Anaglyphic rendering of a T-junction between three stretches of nanotube.
Anaglyphic rendering of a close-up of the T-junction joint.
Several students from UC Davis' 2007 COSMOS summer program using the Nanotech Construction Kit on IDAV's stereoscopic tiled display wall.
The same group of students experimenting with the program in one of the Kemper Hall computer labs.
Photo of the Nanotech Construction Kit being used in the KeckCAVES CAVE.