Diamond Crystal Structural Model (often called a "molecular model")
Handmade in the U.S.
Ebonized and varnished 1-inch (2.5 cm) hardwood balls with both stainless steel and antiqued brass rods
Dimensions: Height 9 in. (23 cm) Width 9 in. (23 cm) Depth 10 in. (25 cm)
This handmade model is an accurate representation of the crystal structure of diamond at a scale of 1 Å = 30 mm. (Magnified 300 million times.) The unit cell is highlighted in antiqued brass rod.
Physical models have been used by chemists for almost two centuries for three-dimensional representation of atomic arrangements in molecules and crystals. Their use has declined in recent decades due to advancements in computer graphics, but their importance remains in providing tactile intuition, historical connection, and inspiration.
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