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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.
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 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.
This book contains some interesting ideas, but virtually no practical, usable information. For example, it includes the advice "Anything incorporated into the design to minimize the x-y tensile leverage each successive layer will have on the layers below it will reduce warping and make your item print more reliably." but gives no examples of how to actually implement this. The section on Fastening and Joinery contains at least six similar passages with only few unannotated pictures as examples. It also spends far too many pages on non-design related issues. I've figured out my printer, aligned and calibrated it and get excellent results. I've started to design my own part and was really looking forward to some practical advice about how to design better parts. This book does not provide that.
This book is what I would consider a must read if you have a 3D printer that uses filament. I use laser, so a lot of the priciples of design were just not applicable to me. It was an excellent read. I gave it to a friend of mine that has a Makerbot and he found it to be extremely helpful.
The book provides excellent information on designing 3D models. I learned many concepts that are relevant in designing objects. Topics I found most helpful include how to provide relief for stress that can lead to curling/warping, guideline on using and avoiding support and how to design holes in 3D models. If you have just basic knowledge for how to design, and you want to take your designs to the next level, this book is great.