Max Mahoney (Chemistry) and I have been talking about using volumetric display technique like the one below for use in Chemistry classes to help students understand molecular structures.
Max has done a fair bit of research, and recently ordered up some acrylic pieces to scale the idea up. The pieces arrived, but the angles of the mating surfaces were not quite right, so solvent welding was looking iffy. Today in the lab we brainstormed some solutions, and Max got to work modeling a connector in SketchUp.
After some heroic calculations having to do with the angles in play, Max hammered out a model and we printed a set. The setup seems to be working so far, but we ran out of time to print a set for the top. Stay tuned!