Old papers on chemical structures often contained "3D" renderings of the molecule by using 2 2D images and requiring the reader to go cross-eyed to get the 3D image. A good example I recently found was figure 2 from Carter and Kraut, 1974, which I copied below:
However, this paper is from 1974, which feels like ancient history for 3D graphics. Since I have unrelated interests in molecular biology and 3D graphics, I was wondering how they produced these images so long ago, and if the code to produce them is floating around somewhere. I know there are programs to do it for me because I have seen modern images of proteins that do this, I want the code because I might try to build it into my crappy 3D rendering project that I'm wasting too much time on.