A more hands-on way of visualizing macromolecular molecules, is by 3D-printing. Companies like shapeways.com have long offered easy and relative affordable access to 3D prining of molecular molecules based on PDB files. However the affordable part only holds true for relative small 3D models and there is also an upper limit to the max dimensions they can print your model in.
So to get a model in a “display worthy” size, I had to find some people with a big 3D-printer which were up for a challenge. The local engineering department had just the guys for this. A couple of students had build their very own 3D-printer capable of printing volumes larger than a cubic meter.
Time-lapse movie of the actual print process. NB. it is not the most action packed video, hence I added some music just to make it durable to get through:
I am very happy with the final result, not only is the model itself very complex and impressive, but the actual size of the model is what really makes it stand out from other 3D-prints I have seen of molecular molecules.