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Would you like
to learn how to create striking 3D images to visualize your science projects,
design journal/thesis cover pictures or eye-popping posters? Come and join our
new workshop on computer aided visualization!
This course/workshop teaches how to make 3D rendered images of different science related topics. The course provides basic software tools for visualization, 3D modelling and rendering. The aim is to promote creativeness and artistic way of presenting science. Special focus is placed on the visualization of organic compounds, biomolecules and their animations. The course uses three open-source software products: UCSF Chimera (protein and volume structures), PovRay (text-based scene description) and Blender (3D modelling with GUI).
Important information for 2021:
Due to the Coronavirus situation, we unfortunately cannot organize normal contact teaching this year. All teaching, materials and video tutorials are however provided online to enable you to complete the course. The teaching staff will provide online support to facilitate your learning and reaching the intended outcomes.
Prof. Mauri Kostiainen: course teacher (mauri.Kostiainen@aalto.fi)
Dr. Juuso Korhonen: Blender teacher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ahmed Shaukat: course assistant (email@example.com)
1) Knows the basic functions of the given softwares.
2) Can identify creative and artistic ways of presenting science.
3) Is able to produce 3D rendered images.
4) Can produce simple animations.
5) Can start working on a visualization topic from own study / research field.
6) Is able to present scientific topics in visually appealing manner.
Students are eligible to three or five credit points. This is an introductory level course and no prior experience with these software is needed. UCSF Chimera, PovRay and Blender are all freeware and be downloaded from online sources. Windows 7+ operating system is recommended. Please find below a task list that you need to complete in order to get 3 ECTS credits (please see the Materials folder for further instructions). If you are not interested in the UCSF Chimera or PovRay, you can leave out task 1 and complete the bonus exercises for Blender instead.
To get credits
Task 0: Install UCSF Chimera, PovRay and Blender on your computer. You will also need a full keyboard with numpad and a 3-button mouse. Windows OS is recommended. For the online version of the course, it is helpful to have two screens (one for watching the demonstrations and other for your own work). We will also briefly use ChemBioDraw and Chem3D, so it is good to have them, but you can also do without. ChemBioDraw and Chem3D are unfortunately not freeware, but they are available through Aalto.
Task 1: UCSF Chimera and PovRay, join lecture 1. If you are not able to join, complete Chimera and PovRay lessons 1-5. (8 h)
Task 2: Blender basics, join lecture 2. If you are not able to join, complete Blender lessons 1-7. (8 h)
Task 3: Software integration: from Chimera to PovRay and Blender, join lecture 3. If you are not able to join, complete lessons 1-3. (8 h)
Task 4: Project work producing an image, animation etc. (Any scientific topic, must use at least two programs from Chimera/PovRay/Blender.) (50 h)
Task 5: Project presentation and feedback. Please make your final work available online (public Youtube video, website, journal/thesis cover etc.) and share the link to MyCourses General Discussion. Here you can also provide feedback for other course members. (8 h)
Total: 82 h (3 credits)
To get additional credits
Complete exercises 1-3. (55 h)
Deadline for tasks,
projects works and exercises is 13.6.
Please return your materials to MyCourses. Submit both the original Blender/PovRay/Chimera files and the final rendered images/videos etc.