Crystal Protein Order Form
example protein crystal photo

Here's the place to describe your protein model.  We'll be in touch with a quote and maybe a few questions, and the next step is that we'll build a 3D proof.  If the form isn't useful, by all means email.

1.  What structure to draw?

PDB code:   or upload a file here:
We can use many formats including PDB, Pymol sessions, MOL, etc.  There's a 50MB size limit on the uploader, if you need more than that please write.

2.  How to draw it?

The usual setup charge of $75 covers any combination of common styles, e.g.:

Cartoon style example


Arrows for strands, curls for helices, curves for backbone.

Wireframe style example


A simple line for each bond. 

Backbone style example


Trace the α-carbons with a smooth or exact curve.

Space-Filling style example


Spheres for each atom form a volume, this works best for small areas.

Sphere style example


Highlight important atoms.

Surface style example

Add a molecular surface?  

Surfaces may cover all or part of the protein.  They're usually translucent, so the structure inside shows clearly.

Which parts in what styles? 

A picture is worth a thousand words.  A screenshot or Pymol session that shows the orientation and look you have in mind would be great:

3.  What size glass?

These are the most popular shapes, there are others if needed.  They can be used in either portrait or landscape orientation, and we're happy to advise about what would suit your structure best.

2-2-3 ⅛"


"Narrow" glass


2 ½-2 ½-3 ⅜"


"Block" glass

2 ⅜-3 ⅛-4 ¾"


"Brick" glass


Small Cube
2 ⅜"


"Small Cube"



"Tower" glass


3 ⅛"


"Cube" glass

Grand Tower


"Grand Tower" glass


Large Cube


"Large Cube" glass

(10-piece minimum)


"Keychain" glass

4.  How many pieces? 

Quantities over 10 may qualify for discounts.

5.  Options

How about some text?

Add a name, citation, or any message.  How much text fits depends on the glass size: usually a few words to a few lines, but we can do fine print if needed.  If you'd like a particular font, style, or to add an image that's fine: mention it here and we'll follow up.

Text to add:

Square Stand

A lighted display stand?  

These set off the structure brightly enough for daytime in the office. They are solid formica, black satin finish with white LEDs, AC power. Sizes are available to fit most glass shapes, $24 and up depending on size.

6.  Questions, comments, anything else?

7.  Your contact info




Zipcode to ship to

  (or country if not the US)

8.  Delivery deadline, if any? 

Orders are processed Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Please expect to receive your 3D proof and quote on the processing day following your order. If your deadline is short, mention it above and we'll do our best.

Delivery Time

Etching usually takes two weeks from design approval to shipment. If you need your glass sooner, we can do it but there may be a rush fee.  If it's now within 5 business days of your deadline, please consider other options.

If you have time, how did you hear about us?  
If you're a regular, great to see you again!

When uploading large files, this form may take a minute to respond.  Keep calm....

To reach us directly, please email or call (831)421-0677.