Remember making those ball and stick models in chemistry class? Well I do and it brings back bad memories of long study hours, mind numbing equations, and stressful exams. But as an aging nerd, I've developed an appreciation for what those models represent. Imagine the geek cred you can earn by displaying your favorite chemical compound on your desk or mantle. They make great gifts too. How about a sucrose model for the chef in your life? A penicillin model for a doctor? Or maybe ethanol for the family drunk? No longer do you have to study the chemical equation to figure out how to make your model. With the help of the internet, it's easier than you think. As a medical entomolgist (AKA bug nerd), I am going to print one of the most significant chemicals in public health entomology, DDT.
Once you know what compound you want to print, go to the PubChem Project. Enter the name of your compound in the search bar and click on "Go". PubChem will give you a list of matching compounds. Pick the one you are looking for and click on the link. On the information page for your compound, copy the PubChem CID number.