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Atomic Blender - XYZ file import
2013-02-24
                         
The addon Atomic Blender -XYZ imports XYZ files (*.xyz) into Blender. It reads the coordinates of all atoms of a structure (molecules, crystals, etc.) and represents the atoms as balls in the Blender scene. Many options can be chosen, which help to well-represent the atoms. Depending on the options the frames of a XYZ file are imported such that the frames are addressed to so-called shape keys. With this, an animation can be created by easy means.


Atomic Blender - XYZ is interesting for scientists, who want to visualize and animate their molecules, crystal structures, surfaces, etc. with Blender. The XYZ format is widely distributed and can be produced by many programs.
For instance, Blender and the addon Atomic Blender - XYZ can be used in combination with the Atomic Simulation Environment (see here for more details):

Atomic Simulation Environment: https://wiki.fysik.dtu.dk/ase/

Thanks to Blender, fancy graphics of molecules, crystal structures, surfaces and complex atomic arrangements can be obtained. Such graphics meet the standards of top-level journals, which have an high impact factor. Please, read the general information about Blender before you use the addon. To get an impression, a few examples with corresponding XYZ files can be found here.

Here is the typical structure of a XYZ ASCII file (3 atoms and 2 frames):

 3
Some comments in this line
Au    -8.160000 44.880000 2.040000
Au   
38.760000   
-8.160000  
2.040000
Au   
-10.200000   
34.680000  
2.040000
 3
Some comments in this line
Au    -6.160000 44.880000 2.040000
Au   
30.000000   
-8.160000  
2.040000
Au   
-10.200000   
38.000000  
2.040000

See also here and read this xyz file.




























 

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