Stefan Taube, while a postdoctoral fellow in the Wobus laboratory at the University of Michigan, created these models as a learning tool for his classroom. In order to show his students how viruses connect. Through X-ray crystallography and cryo-electronmicroscopy, atomic structures of these viruses were determined with Jeanne Stuckey and colleagues from the Center for Structural Biology at the U of M.
Then, using UCSF CHIMERA, a free program for interactive visualization and analysis of molecular structures, these viruses were modeled and exported into a format for Rapid Prototyping to show off their complexity and inner workings. These particular models are of Murine Norovirus (MNV). The structural data can be downloaded from the RCSB protein data bank (PDB, www.rcsb.org) with the accession number 3LQ6 and 3LQE and are published in Taube et al. J.Virol 2010. The viruses were 3D printed in color using the Zcorp 3d printer in the UM3D Lab.