Molecules in 3D: Compounds


Did you know that molecular compounds are found in everyday items such as soap and deodorant? Take a turn at modeling one!

Your mission: Create a model of sodium stearate.
The basics:
Atom: The basic chemical element or building block.
Molecule: A group of atoms held together by covalent bonds (sharing of electrons). Water is a molecule because it consists of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen. Sugars such as fructose (C6H12O6) are also molecules. These molecules are often referred to as molecular compounds.
Got that? Good. Get started  

To make the molecule model, consider the following critical design criteria:

  • Purpose: development of a model of sodium stearate, the main component of many types of soap
  • Target market: chemistry students
  • Size limitations: defined by the chemical formula C18H35NaO2

Gather your materials

Software: Do you already have 123D® Design? If yes, you can skip this step. If no, download and install the software first.
Design Files: Be sure to download the 123D® Design starter files.
Guides: This final package includes the step-by-step videos that will show you how to bring your design to life. Download video tutorials or watch them online.
Share design files: Download Autodesk 360 to share, edit, and view design files with your teacher and classmates. Includes 5GB of free cloud storage.

Getting to a successful design

Learn more about your mission.

Make your molecule model

Are you ready to put chemistry into action? Follow the guides you downloaded in step 2, or watch them online to design your molecule. When you are done, share your design in the gallery.
Learn more about molecules.
Molecules in 3D: Compounds
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Level: Beginner
Time: 1-5 hours