Miramodus Molecular Models

Miramodus

 

Molecular models, crystal structure models and mineral structures

 

We design, build and sell high quality ball and stick models, and other educational models, for use in teaching, museum displays, presentations, awards, legal cases and for anyone who just wants a stunning scientific model.

 

A crystal structure model of Bechererite   A girl sitting with a giant molecular model on a grass lawn

Molecular and crystal

structure models

 

Giant molecular

models

 

Models are both an engaging part of education in chemistry (or any of the physical sciences), and a useful tool for demonstrating concepts to colleagues and customers.  Molecular models provide a tangible way to demonstrate the relation between molecular structure and chemical function that simply cannot be replicated with computer images. Likewise, they perfectly illustrate the relation between mineral structures and physical or chemical properties. Whatever you need them for, our models simply look stunning, and enhance any office or laboratory.

 

A crystal structure molecular model of Chrysotile, the comonest form of asebestos     A crystal structure molecular model of the gemstone Beryl

 

Examples of our work can be seen throughout our website. Please use the links above to find out more about our products, search our catalogue, or to inquire about having us make a model of your structure.

 

We hope you enjoy looking round our website and seeing the quality and variety of stunning molecular models and crystal structure models that we make. To buy models from us, or to discuss what you would like made, please either complete the order form or the contact form, or email us at sales@miramodus.com.

 

 

Fullerene and buckytube molecular models, new allotropes of elemental carbon

 

 

Pre-constructed Models

Pre-constructed molecular models make up the vast majority of our sales, and they represent some of the finest crystal structure models that can be purchased.  We have the widest range of scales of crystal structure models in the world, ranging from a scale of 1cm=1Å (“Beevers’ Models”™) through to our giant molecular models at a scale of 20cm=1Å or greater.  With the exception of a small number of the commonest chemical structures that we keep in stock, are our models are made to order, and nothing is 'standard' about them - if a bond angle in a "tetrahedrally" coordinated atom in the structure is 112°, the balls are drilled with holes arranged at that angle - there is no need to compromise by having to use regular tetrahedral coordination - and that can make all the difference between representing features that exist in a crystal and missing them out entirely. What's more, because our models are all made to scale, you also get to see the relative sizes of crystal structures - with regular kits, for example, a diamond unit cell is much larger than that of sodium chloride, whereas in reality (and in our models) the opposite is true.

 

Our Beevers Models are made with acrylic balls and steel rods, but we also work with a wide range of materials to suit your purpose and your budget. We have make and sell molecular and crystal structure models in acrylic, phenolic resin, wood, brass, aluminium, silver and a host of other materials.


The accuracy and compactness of our Beevers’ Models™ system allows our model range to extend over the complete spectrum of 3-dimensional structures in Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Physics and Mathematics.  Our huge list of Beevers' ball and stick models for sale from our catalogue includes crystal structure models, biological, physical, mathematical and crystallographic teaching models. We also make an extensive range of models of organic and inorganic molecules - or any compound you want to order.  All the usual favourites are available: models of DNA and RNA, inorganic molecules such as fullerenes (buckyballs), from C28 through C60 and C70 to C720 and beyond, inorganic structures such as NaCl or YBCO, as well as materials you have probably never encountered, such as Thorium Zinc Carbide. Even if the material that you want is not in our catalogue, we will still be able to make your structure, whatever its size - all we need are the crystallographic details or node coordinates. 

 

Scale matters!

All our models are made accurately and to scale, making it possible to directly measure angles and lengths, to visualise the relative scale of different structures and to show how, for example, a solvent molecule can enter into a porous structure. With other model systems, this simply isn't a reliable option. With our models, you can immediately see, for example, why diamond is more dense than graphite and why zeolites absorb some compounds and not others.

 

Kits

Kits for any of our models can be supplied on request (as long as you are aware and accept that they are not as easy to put together as most people expect). Because our models are largely designed for display or teaching specific crystallographic or structural concepts, they are not the sort that you can take apart and rebuild, and so we don't make models like other manufacturers do. By their nature, therefore, our Beevers models don’t readily lend themselves to being sold as kits. That being said, however, we routinely make kits for our and large and giant models. These are fantastic for teaching, for museum activities, and for fun activities.

 

 

Miramodus Ltd. 7 Nettlingflat, Heriot, EH38 5YF     Tel: 07794361024
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