3D printing as a tool to improve the quality of education in the life sciences

Project developed at the Faculty of Biology of the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași, under the coordination of Univ. Prof. Dr. Marius Mihășan.

     Chemical formulas cannot effectively render the structural complexity of biological molecules and are most commonly received by students and pupils as mere images. However, the physical models of molecules allow their manipulation in three-dimensional space, providing a multisensory learning experience and a better understanding of a basic concept in the life sciences – the link between the structure of a molecule and its function. The team creates molecular models on request, adapted to the didactic content of each educator who teaches in the life sciences. All models comply with scientific rigor and are specially designed to allow easy manufacturing using inexpensive 3D printers. The educator thus offers his audience the chance to explore the molecular universe using 3D printed three-dimensional models.
     More details about the process of obtaining a 3D printable molecular model are available here: A collection of models made by the team and available for free is available here:
      The project aims to bring the molecular universe to classrooms, seminars and laboratories in universities and high schools using 3D printing.

Model - alfa amilaza pancreatică
Model - pancreatic alpha amylase
Modele - alfa-helix-ul proteic
Models - the protein alpha-helix
Model - alfa-helix-ul proteic
Model - protein alpha-helix after printing
Modele - Helix-ul ADN
Models - the DNA helix

Contact: Prof. Dr. Marius Mihășan, BioActive Research Group, Faculty of Biology, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași

Address: Bulevardul Carol I no. 20A, Iași 700505