A downloadable tool for Windows
A VR Molecular Builder
Narupa Builder allows you to build, design and edit molecules in VR.
This is the second iteration of Narupa Builder, built by Jae Levy, Alex Jamieson-Binnie and Mark Wonnacott, on top of the previous work by Lidia Teleoaca, Paul Chirculescu, and Mike O'Connor.
- Build molecules and export structures in the MOL2 format.
- Draw from a built-in library of common molecular fragments (rings, amino acids, etc.) for composing large structures quickly, or import your own custom fragments.
- Run energy minimisation inline (via OpenBabel) to easily adjust hand-aligned structures to stable conformations.
- Import reference images to aid construction of complex structures.
In order to run minimisations, you must download OpenBabel separately and install it on your system. For Windows users, they may simply run the OpenBabelGUI installer. In order to avoid permissions errors, you should run Narupa Builder as an administrator.
Adding Custom Fragments
You can add your own custom fragments by placing *.mol2 files in the Narupa Builder_Data/StreamingAssets/UserFragments folder. They will then appear in the User Fragment section of the Build Fragment tool.
Adding an Image
You can add an image (for example, to build a structure from a paper) by placing a *.png file in the Narupa Builder_Data/StreamingAssets/Image folder. This will then appear when the Toggle Image tool is used.
|Updated||22 days ago|
|Published||29 days ago|
|Publisher||Intangible Realities Lab|
|Author||Intangible Realities Lab|
|Tags||chemistry, Virtual Reality (VR)|
|License||GNU General Public License v3.0 (GPL)|
|Average session||About a half-hour|
|Inputs||Oculus Rift, HTC Vive|
|Links||Support, Source code|
Requires either HTC Vive, Valve Index, or Oculus Rift VR headsets.
Requires an install of SteamVR.
Energy minimisation requires OpenBabelGUI and running Narupa Builder as administrator.
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