3D Molecular Designs, LLC

After establishing the Center for BioMolecular Modeling at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) in 1999, Tim Herman, Ph.D., spun off 3D Molecular Designs to print 3-D physical models of proteins and other molecular structures for biomedical researchers, and innovative educational models for educators. Michael Patrick, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin - Madison, was co-founder.

We received several Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants which supported further development of the technology, in collaboration with software developer Roger Sayle. The new software simplified model design and interfaced with rapid prototyping machines, which dramatically reduced the cost of custom models. These grants also made it possible for us to develop our most popular educational products: Water Kit©, DNA Discovery Kit© and Amino Acid Starter Kit©.

Key to the development of these and new models and kits are Diane Herman, 3DMD, Heather Ryan, 3DMD, Vito Gervasi, MSOE and Mark Hoelzer, MSOE and 3DMD.

3D Molecular Designs and the MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling are separate entitites; however, we consider ourselves sister organizations and work synergistically to develop the most accurate and innovative kits and models. Our products are developed in collaboration with experienced teachers and field-tested in classrooms.

Organizations such as Project Lead The Way, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Knowles Science Teaching Foundation and many others have incorporated our products into their programs.

We donate our kits to the MSOE Lending Library to make them available to teachers and schools that are unable purchase them. We also subsidized the launch of the Science Olympiad Protein Modeling Event for several years.

Professional Staff

Tim Herman, PhD, Managing Partner and CEO
Diane Herman, Partner, Vice President
Heather Ryan, Director of Operations
Bobbi Kuhn, Office Manager
Rachel Mosey, Manager of Communications
Mark Hoelzer, Lead Model Designer (also MSOE)
Gina Vogt, Secondary Education Program Manager
Kristine Herman, Elementary Education Progam Manager
Daina Wentland, Customer Service Assistant Manager
Adam Marchetti, Assistant Production Manager
Hannah Smith, Assistant Production Manager

Affiliate Staff

Vito Gervasi, Partner & Lead Engineer (MSOE)

Student Staff

We proudly provide employment opportunities for 12 to 24 MSOE students. Some package our kits and models. Others perform injection molding and foam stamping for many of our products.

Contact Us

Fill out our online contact us form or email contactus@3dmoleculardesigns.com

Mailing Address:



3D Molecular Designs 414-774-6562 414-774-3435
1050 N. Market St.

Suite CC130A

Milwaukee, WI 53202

Call or email us to visit our office.