I work&teach at Fablab Brussels and have been using 3D-printers for some years. I bought this book for my (engineering) students, even though I read mixed reviews, as I was thinking of writing something similar for some of my students, who expect 3D-printers to be this magic box that will print everything they draw...
Like any technology, like lathes and CNC-machines, you should learn to use its potential the right way and know its shortcomings.
The bookprovides clear examples and strategies for better/stronger/more economical parts.
Some other reviews were disappointed this book did not provide a good introduction to 3D-printing (it does not) and that is does not cover 3D-modelling techniques (it assumes you know how to use 3D-modelling software)
If you know how to draw a 3D-model and have used 3D-printers, but at times got frustrated by failed/weak/warped prints this book is for you.
For my students (and me) it is a perfect fit.
The text is technical and assumes you know a bit of 3D-printing teminology. This text is illustrated with practical examples which are clearly explained.
If I had one remark, I would love a 2nd version of this book with twice the amount of practical examples/pictures, as these show the concepts in an easier-to-grasp manner than the text.
This is a book that will not leave my lab and I expect to refer to a lot over the following months.
Functional Design for 3D Printing: Designing printed things for everyday use - an engineering handbook Paperback – 2 April 2014
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- Publisher : Createspace Independent Pub; Revised edition (2 April 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 129 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1497537460
- ISBN-13 : 978-1497537460
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 0.76 x 22.86 cm
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Love it. Finally a book that digs into understanding the limitations of 3D-printing.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 March 2015
Designing for 3D Printing.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 July 2014
A useful starting guide for the designing of 3D models. Many good points covered and visual examples given. However, I did find it raised more questions in my mind and for some aspects on machine calibration and accuracy and modification to slicing progamme output, I would have liked more examples of how! Even so this is an essential book for those involved in the design of parts to be produced on a 3D printer. I can highly recommend it!
Definitely some good information hereReviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 August 2014
Definitely some good information here, though a lot of this can be found in forums etc. The book is a small self-print, with large text. It took less than half an hour to read from cover to cover. There isn't much competing with this book, so worth it if you're searching for as much info as you can for your 3D printer.
Terence Le Cuirot
otherwise a good read.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 March 2015
A reasonable book mainly geared to the professional printers, otherwise a good read.