BIOMOD is an annual biomolecular design competition for students. Undergraduate teams compete to build the coolest stuff using the molecules of life. Previous winners have used DNA, RNA, and proteins as building blocks to create autonomous robots, molecular computers, and prototypes for nanoscale therapeutics. Students lead projects each summer and then travel to the Jamboree in late October to present their work and win awards. The 2016 Biomod competition will be held in San Francisco. We wish you the best of luck!


Autodesk is committed to making sure that students, teachers and academic institutions have free access to all of the Autodesk software products. While we have highlighted some below that may be directly applicable to use for the Biomod contest, there are a lot more out there. I highly recommend checking out Fusion, a new cloud-based 3D CAD tool, Inventor, a set of tools for 3D mechanical design and simulation, and 3ds Max or Maya for 3D modeling and animation.

Check out the Autodesk Education Community site for more information!


We gathered a couple of useful software applications to help you design, analyze and simulate your DNA origami structures. All applications are free to use for educational purposes.



Explore and analyze DNA origami designs. Nanodesign is aimed towards making the visualization and design of DNA devices easier and accessible. 



View, explore, share molecular structures and Cadnano designs in the web browser. Molecule Viewer aims to redefine the molecular visualization experience by leveraging the cloud, mobile compatibility, 3D print exports, and exploring novel experiences like VR. 

Try out the Cadnano upload feature. You can then change views and download STL files to 3D print your model. I recommend using the surface view to have a reasonable model for printing. Currently it only takes square lattice files, but we are currently testing a better converter. Let us know on the forum if you have questions or issues! 

Autodesk Maya/mMaya


Autodesk Maya brings imagination to life with 3D animation, modelling, simulation, and rendering tools. Use the mMaya plugin to bring molecular datasets into the scene to render Hollywood-quality visuals.