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Functional Design for 3D Printing - 3rd edition: Designing 3D printed things for everyday use Kindle Edition
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"This book provides a wealth of rules, guidelines, and insights to help you create designs that print and behave properly. It does a wonderful job of explaining all the strange effects that can make even simple prints fail, and how to easily minimize or compensate for them."...." As others here have suggested, buy the print version so you can highlight it and keep it next to your printer."
- Five-star reviewer for the second edition
"Lots of solid information on best design practice and material properties. It's written in such a way that the information won't be out of date for a long time. If you're experienced at 3D printing this book will reaffirm the things you learned through trial and error, and probably teach you a few tricks you never thought of. If you're new to 3d printing or new at designing parts that will be 3D printed, this book will save you a ton of time and materials."
- Five-star reviewer for the second edition
"Unlike many other currently available books about 3D printing, which are heavy with ra-ra encouragements about how great 3D printing is and how everyone can excel with a little effort, this book is simply page after page of useful information about the nitty-gritty aspects of actually trying to print good models. This is the kind of knowledge that beginning (and experienced) enthusiasts need to know to avoid any potential frustrations. Don't be put off by the rather short length of this book; there's more here than most other books that are hundreds of pages longer. Highly recommended."
- Five-star reviewer for the second edition--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Ok, lets talk about the functional design aspect first. As far as I know, all the current 3d printing processes create prints using some kind of layer-by-layer method. The behaviour of the material of the print will vary according to direction. For example, fff prints tend to fail by separation of adjacent layers when subjected to tension in the z-direction and consequently end up being relatively weak under this kind of stress. As a designer you may want to take account of this by re-orientating parts relative to the layering direction. The book also talks about how to get hinges to work and how to arrange the geometry to get parts to snap together. Thats about it for functional design insight.
Most of the material is about how to cope with the practical issues of getting fff 3d printing to work using today's flaky printers and buggy software. For example, he talks about improving bed adhesion by various means and how you might want to connect inner voids to the outside with holes so that today's slicers don't (contrary to design intent) ignore them. This is quite low level stuff and although useful it does not really fit with the term functional deisgn.
Getting in the way of this useful, albeit mistitled material is the author's writing style. He seems to have sacrificed clarity for some other priority. I have the feeling he is trying to conform to some misconceived notion of how a technical author should write. At its least intrusive this takes the form of labelling his illustrations with the tags "(illustration by author)" or "(photo by author)" which seems entirely unnecessary. Then I noticed an "Author's note:" which begs the question as to who else might be leaving notes for the reader. This is odd but unobstructive. Then there are things like this: "The number of solid layers dictates the solid layers at the Z terminus, or top and bottom, of any models or printed features" as a description of a slicer parameter ... hmm, "Z terminus"? He has 'problematic situations' rather than 'problems' and 'X-Y oriented tubes' rather than 'horizontal tubes'. Very occasionally the meaning disappears but mostly this kind of stuff makes the book an unnecessarily tiring read.
So in summary: hints for using fused filament 3d printers and software with a smidgeon of functional design nous written in a reader-tiring style.
Instead, this book explains design considerations and associated options when creating models that will be 3D printed using FFF/FFM machines i.e. the "domestic" 3D printers.
If you're serious about implementing designs that work whilst minimising structural failures, i.e. creations that don't instantly break, this is a "must read" book.
A very clearly written, clearly typset book with plenty of useful diagrams, you do NOT need to be a mechanical engineer to follow this. Indeed, this is for all of us who don't have that structural engineering background.
There's far more to succesful 3D design and printing than infill % and layer height!
I struggled over 4 stars vs 5. Whilst being very useful I kept wishing for more. But I decided that perhaps that's just me. This book is filled with practical content and I will benefit from rereading it. There is nothing similar available. 5 stars it is :-)
Things like tolerances, materials and some engineering principles.
However, the book states it is not for beginners, but doesn't give enough information for the intermediate user. Also, too much focus on planes and drone parts and not enough discussion about the failure of the tarp hook.