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Blender at TED: How animations can help scientists test a hypothesis


"3D animation can bring scientific hypotheses to life. Molecular biologist (and TED Fellow) Janet Iwasa introduces a new open-source animation software designed just for scientists."

Martin Pyka writes:

In this video, Janet Iwasa presents at TED a free software to create molecular animations:

The software is available here and is in fact based on Blender. It uses the Blender Player and a few Python scripts to accomplish the magic.

Maybe, this is interesting for the readers of your Blog, as Blender is becoming increasingly popular for scientific purposes.

More usage of Blender in Science can be found on my blog.

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. This is great. You could even say Blender will help save lives or improve quality of life if it is being used as a tool for medical researchers.

  2. Marcin Klapczynski on

    This is awesome! Very neat piece of software that will help many to advance their visualization technique, I plan to use it myself at work. Some time ago I made molecular animation in Blender, featured on Blender Nation:

    It took me about a month to complete that project and I found the PDB import process quite cumbersome. It’s great that Blender has PDB import addon, but the molecules take lots of memory after import. With the Molecular Flipbook, the import and animation is much easier.

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