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3D Printing For Dummies Paperback – 12 May 2017
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- Publisher : For Dummies; 2 edition (12 May 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1119386314
- ISBN-13 : 978-1119386315
- Dimensions : 18.54 x 2.54 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 134,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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- Review 3D-printing technology available today
- Construct a RepRap 3D printer using open-source designs
- Get strategies for successful 3D printing
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Thanks to the growing availability of 3D printers, you can actually create whatever you dream upquickly and inexpensively. With this handy guide at the helm, you'll find all the fast and easy-to-follow guidance you need to build 3D-printable objects. Find out how to use designs, software, and even photographs to turn your concepts into creations. Get ready to discover that when it comes to 3D printing, the sky's the limit!
- Types of 3D printers
- Useful production materials
- Sources for 3D printables
- Assembling structural elements
- RepRap control electronics
- Calibrating your 3D printer
- How 3D printing is changing business
- Web-based 3D printing
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The next section explores the business side of 3d printing, this could be useful if you are thinking about selling either your own or a 3rd parties 3D designs. It includes things like Storefronts, Intellectual Property Law, Ethical considerations, and using Expired Patents. But the book doesn’t really go into enough detail for a company to base a commercial decision on.
Following on from that, the book starts by explaining 3D Cartesian techniques for storing a 3D image and subsequently reproducing them using something like a consumer level RepRap printer. It includes details about different strategies for printing and the types of printer needed. SCARA and Robotic arm motion are included here. But most interestingly it talks about ways of having your own printer, this includes how to choose which sort will best suit your needs, and the types of materials available for you to use. With sources for 3D designs to print, the book goes into some of the design programs available, such as Openscad, Sketchup Make, Tikercad, Meshmixer, and many others, but again only as a series of overviews. The checking of the object to be printed is discussed to help avoid some of the problems that unfortunately arise with 3d printing.
Following on from that, the next part is about creating your own RepRap 3d Printer. There are over 80 pages for this, it includes a section on problem solving and upgrading a printer. as well as going into the different components in a printer. The important subject of calibrating a 3d printer gets included here. The book finishes with the customary part of tens for a Dummies book.
This book really illustrates how recent 3D printing is. This is a large book and it tries to have a bit of everything in it. Unfortunately, that does mean that no one subject is developed deeply. It is full of small sections on things, which although interesting only really provided tasters and pointers for you to research later through the Internet or other books. Don't get me wrong, it is useful and I enjoyed the book, even with my own experience of 3D printing it has given me some ideas for things I want to study more deeply. For a complete novice the book gives a lot of detail they may never use again which although being interesting, it is definitely not a tutorial on 3D printing techniques.
The text refers to the photo and refers to different colours butyl the photos are black and white - less than helpful.
Do not recommend.