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First off, the print quality of the images in the book is awful. That's a big issue given you need to reference them to work out which chapter/section to read to sort out any given problem with your 3D printer/prints. That is not the author's fault - it's Amazon's as the printer - but it really reduces the usefulness of the book.
My copy was also poorly printed in that the text on each page was not centrally aligned, resulting in loads of white space at the top of each page, but next to none at the bottom. I found that really annoying to the eye and a bit of a distraction, but it doesn't prevent the book being read, of course.
In terms of the content of the book itself, it contains a lot of useful information and I did lean a few new things, which is fair enough. I don't regret buying it per se, but I don't feel like I've got my money's worth. It's not a particularly well written book and I'm not sure what the editor got up to, as it doesn't feel edited at all. It is very repetitive at times and you come across the same turns of phrase regularly (in particular 'as mentioned elsewhere in this book' but often with no clear cross-reference provided), which only adds to the repetitiveness of it all.
I appreciate that it hasn't come from a big publishing house, and that's fine as I think people bringing their own products to market is great, but it still feels like it was knocked up in MS Word, with very little effort put into formatting and publishing. I find the formatting (or lack thereof) lets it down and paired with the writing style, it makes it appear quite amateur.
I appreciate that this review will sound quite negative, but I believe in being honest. People can only improve if those critiquing are truthful in their feedback. I'm not going to return the book as it has its uses, but at £20+ and the poor image quality making it hard to use at times, I'd struggle to recommend that others buy it.
My recommendation would be to sort out the photo replication issue (could it have half a dozen colour pages for the photo index?), spend a bit more time and effort getting it laid out by a professional and get a decent editor in to give it a good going over. Do that and I think it'd go from mediocre to excellent, and in the process become a 'must-have' book for all 3D printing enthusiasts.
...and put the 'about the author' bit at the front of the book. Don't hid away at the back!
This is a very practical book that covers almost all aspects of 3D printing issues and problems you may find. This invaluable knowledge condensed in a very easy to read book is must have in all shelves of all 3D printing makers and enthusiasts. If your are new to the 3D printing world, with this book you’ll save many hours, filament, other 3D print materials, or even your printer, and also avoid a lot of headaches. If you are already experienced in this amazing world like me, this book may be useful too, because from times to times it happens something new you may not expect, or something you already forgot. With this book can quickly access the info you’d need to put you back on track of your prints.
I have about 3 months of 4 hours per day printing with an FDM printer and this book not only helped me find solutions to a few problems but also helped me think about problems which are not mentioned here, such as PLA prints losing accuracy close to the print bed because, I now realize, the bed was close to the glass transition temperature and the weight of the piece was squishing the lower layers.
The printer maintenance part was especially useful, there are parts in there I did not think of, such as checking the tightness of the screws.
I got it first via Kindle Unlimited then decided I want to keep a copy and bought it.
There are some very useful tips in this book for diagnosing printing problems and errors. The advice was generally sound, although there were a few things I might disagree with, but every printer is different and people find slightly different ways to get the best out of their machines. Having said that, this is a good book which collects most of the knowledge available from different sources on the web into one convenient place.
Sean has invested a lot of time and effort diagnosing 3d printing problems and their solutions. This would have been a 4 star review if Amazons printing of the book had reproduced the illustrating photographs so you could actually clearly "see" what the printing errors errors look like! Shame on you Amazon. Fortunately you can contact Sean and he will send a link to download the His res originals, but there should be no need for this is the book was printed correctly.
With almost 208 pages of information and about 36 different problems covered, it's clearly an indepth manual for 3d printing. Includes many Photos which are invaluable, meaning you grasp the issue much quicker than reading a description. It's not a 5 minute read though, and a few paragraphs go into technical details. But that's what you want in a repair manual, look up your issue and see what solutions Sean suggests, as he's experienced them all.