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This application was produced in partnership with John Metcalf at Sheffield Hallam University as a teaching and visualisation aid to be used in conjunction with supporting lectures.

The aim of the application is to allow the user to zoom below the surface of three example elements and to explore their differing crystal structures. As the user zooms under the surface of the beautiful images, the aggregated structure flows into view, then falls away to reveal the underlying crystal structure.

Full multi-touch support has been added, allowing the user to zoom and rotate the 3d model at any level of detail. A reduced sphere model can be toggled by simply shaking the iPhone.

Thanks to Theodore Gray for the kind permission to reproduce images from periodictable.com

Ratings and Reviews

2.7 out of 5
7 Ratings
7 Ratings

Simple but very useful

This app does a great job of allowing you to explore the three basic crystal structures BCC, FCC, and HCP. Although these are the only structures it addresses, it is intended as a teaching tool, and it succeeds as such. I have been unable to find a physical analog for this app that would allow me to build different crystal structures and rotate them to study the structure. This does exactly what I need for free!


Basic Unit Cell Structure

This app provides an interactive 3d unit cell for bcc, FCC, and hcp crystal structures. It also provides a brief explanation of the three.

I would like to see more of the various unit cells.

Thanks for the great free application!!



Froze up on iPad2 showing Fe and a bit of rust. Never got to try anything on it.


Disobedient Media Ltd
1.3 MB
Requires iOS 4.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2010 Disobedient Media


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