Crystal Unit Cells

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Body-centered cubic (bcc) - silver
Hexagonal close packed (hcp) - silver
Face-centered cubic - silver
Body-centered cubic (bcc) - walnut
Hexagonal close packed (hcp) - walnut
Face-centered cubic (fcc) - walnut
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Body-centered cubic (bcc) - silver
Hexagonal close packed (hcp) - silver
Face-centered cubic - silver
Body-centered cubic (bcc) - walnut
Hexagonal close packed (hcp) - walnut
Face-centered cubic (fcc) - walnut

Crystal Unit Cells

from 117.00

Unit Cells - Metal Crystallography Models

Each is made-to-order by hand. Expect 2-3 weeks before delivery.

Available with 1-inch (2.5 cm) hardwood balls painted silver with stainless steel rods or stained walnut with brass rods.

The atoms in metals are arranged in regular, repeating patterns. These patterns can be reduced down to unit cells, the individual building blocks of the crystal lattice.

These models represent the unit cells of the most common types of metallic crystal structures.

Body-centered cubic (bcc) - iron, tungsten, manganese, niobium, chromium, and the alkali metals

Hexagonal close packed (hcp) - titanium, magnesium, and zinc

Face-centered cubic (fcc) - gold, silver, copper, and aluminum

As with my other models, these are built by hand in my workshop using hardwood balls and metal rods. I cut each of the spokes to specific lengths and drill each ball at precise angles before painting or staining and assembling the model with high-quality epoxy. Each model includes a removable tag with the pertinent information: either the crystallographic grouping or the IUPAC name.

Ball-and-stick models like these used to serve as teaching tools or aids for crystallographers in interpreting X-ray diffraction patterns. Many were retained as trophies for scientists' offices. With the rise of computer models, building physical models is a bit of a dying art, which is unfortunate since nothing is quite like seeing one of these beautiful objects in real life. These models would look fantastic in an office or home and would fit in either mid-century modern or industrial styled rooms.

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