3D printing can seem like science fiction. Objects appear to be created out of nothing--as if by magic. With your own 3D printer, you can produce exactly the parts and products that you, and maybe only you, need. This book will guide you through your first steps in 3D printing at home. Get started with a solid overview of concepts and techniques. Learn the basics of 3D construction, with essential information on data files and software. Find out what your options are for both kits and ready-to-use printers. Discover what you need to do to make your first 3D printed part, and what it takes to become a 3D printing professional. 3D Printers: A Beginner's Guide will show you what's possible and what's not, with tips and tricks for practical applications with current technologies. If you aspire to use 3D printing for hobbies, crafts, spare parts, custom toys, or model engineering, this book will guide your first steps into a new future.
In recent years, 3D printers have revolutionized the worlds of manufacturing, design, and art. As the price of printers drop and their availability increases, more people will have access to these remarkable machines. A Beginner's Guide to 3D Printing is written for those who would like to experiment with 3D design and manufacturing, but have little or no technical experience with the standard software. Professional engineer Mike Rigsby leads readers step-by-step through fifteen simple toy projects, each illustrated with screen caps of Autodesk 123D Design, the most common free 3D software available. The projects are later described using Sketchup, another free popular software package. The toy projects in A Beginner's Guide to 3D Printing start simple-a domino, nothing more than an extruded rectangle, a rectangular block-that will take longer to print than design. But soon the reader will be creating jewel boxes with lids, a baking-powder submarine, interchangeable panels for a design-it-yourself dollhouse, a simple train with expandable track, a multipiece airplane, a working paddleboat, and a rubber band-powered car. Finally, readers will design, print, and assemble a Little Clicker, a noise-making push toy with froggy eyes. Once trained in the basics of CAD design, readers will be able to embark on even more elaborate designs of their own creation. Mike Rigsby is a professional electrical engineer and author of Doable Renewables, Amazing Rubber Band Cars and Haywired. He has written for Popular Science, Robotics Age, Modern Electronics, Circuit Cellar, Byte, and other magazines.
Author: Joe Larson
Release Date: 2017-08-04
If you've heard about 3D printing then you might be confused about what you're hearing. Could it be possible that there exists a machine that you could have in your house, that with the push of a button will fill up with anything you can imagine? It sounds too good to be true. And yet, you've seen things that defy imagination, that say they're all done with 3D printing.Don't panic.The truth is, 3D printers are real. They can do amazing things. In this book you'll learn to cut through the hype and get to the reality of what 3D printing is and what it can do for you.Whether you're a super excited fan but don't know where to start, or if you've already taken the plunge and don't know what to do next, The Beginner's Guide to the 3D Printing Galaxy is for you.With a fun and factual style, you'll learn the reality of 3D printing. You can be well on your way to using this technology of the future to improve your life today."If I'd read The Beginners Guide To The 3D Printing Galaxy before I got started with 3D printing it would have saved m a great deal of time, money and aggravation." - Naomi 'SexyCyborg' Wu"Don't waste time researching 3D printing, just buy Joe's book! He covers it all." - Chuck Hellebuyck - CHEP 3D Printing & Filament Friday
Make: Getting Started with 3D Printing is a practical, informative, and inspiring book that guides readers step-by-step through understanding how this new technology will empower them to take full advantage of all it has to offer. The book includes fundamental topics such as a short history of 3D printing, the best hardware and software choices for consumers, hands-on tutorial exercises the reader can practice for free at home, and how to apply 3D printing in the readers' life and profession. For every maker or would-be maker who is interested, or is confused, or who wants to get started in 3D printing today, this book offers methodical information that can be read, digested, and put into practice immediately!
Author: Kalani Kirk Hausman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2014-01-08
Get started printing out 3D objects quickly and inexpensively! 3D printing is no longer just a figment of your imagination. This remarkable technology is coming to the masses with the growing availability of 3D printers. 3D printers create 3-dimensional layered models and they allow users to create prototypes that use multiple materials and colors. This friendly-but-straightforward guide examines each type of 3D printing technology available today and gives artists, entrepreneurs, engineers, and hobbyists insight into the amazing things 3D printing has to offer. You’ll discover methods for the creation of 3D printable objects using software, 3D scanners, and even photographs with the help of this timely For Dummies guide. Includes information on stereolithography, selective sintering, fused deposition, and granular binding techniques Covers the potential for the transformation of production and manufacturing, reuse and recycling, intellectual property design controls, and the commoditization of traditional products from magazines to material goods Walks you through the process of creating a RepRap printer using open-source designs, software, and hardware Addresses the limitations of current 3D printing technologies and provides strategies for improved success 3D Printing For Dummies is the must-have guide to make manufacturing your own dynamic designs a dream come true!
Author: Dorling Kindersley, Inc.
Publisher: DK Children
Release Date: 2017-10-03
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
This user-friendly family guide to 3-D printing is packed with exciting ideas for how to design and print your own toys, gadgets, models, and ornaments, and doesn't even require any specialist software. Using freely available software, 3-D Printing Projects provides inspiration and step-by-step visual instruction for both simple builds and more complicated pieces--from key rings and money boxes to chess boards and model cars. From designing to scanning to modeling to digital sculpting to slicing to printing, this how-to guide covers it all. Information on the 3-D printing revolution and the science behind how it works is also included, so kids can learn even before doing. Supporting STEAM initiatives and the Maker Movement, 3-D Printing Projects is sure to get young makers creating and innovating.
This book is a practical tutorial, packed with real-world case studies to help you design models that print right the first time. If you are familiar with SketchUp and want to print the models you've designed, then this book is ideal for you. You don't need any experience in 3D printing; however, SketchUp beginners will require a companion book or video training series to teach them the basic SketchUp skills.
The Zombie Apocalypse Guide to 3D printing is written for the person who wants to use their printer to make practical, durable items for everyday use. Whether rebuilding civilization from your jungle hideaway, fighting off zombie hordes, or just printing a new plastic bit for your latest project, The Zombie Apocalypse Guide to 3D printing has what you need to get the job done. If you are going to buy just one book for your 3D printing toolbox, this should be it. With 180+ pages and more than 65 illustrations and photos, this easy to read volume contains sections on: - designing for 3d printing - optimizing your designs for strength and printability - printing at 2x+ speed for prototyping - leveraging "vitamins" to multiply the usefulness of your printed designs - how to template and prototype replacement parts - calculating safe working loads for printed objects - basic paradigms for 3D design - calibrating and adjusting your printer - troubleshooting common printing problems - operating your printer from improvised power supplies - and much, much more. With a tongue in cheek nod to the zombie mythos, this volume will enable you to manufacture things on your desktop that you might otherwise have to purchase, painstakingly craft, or do without. Emphasizing independence and solving practical problems, this book will help the reader to design and manufacture new items as well as making perfect fitting repair and replacement parts. No matter what type of 3D printer you use, reading The Zombie Apocalypse Guide to 3D printing will help you to improve your design skills and understand critical technical details, help you to identify and correct common printing problems, and expand your horizons in the 3d printing with the use of the most effective design methods. Paperback, 187 Pages, 68 Illustrations.
"3d printing continues to advance, and will increasingly facilitate low-run, customized, on-demand and material-efficient manufacturing. Already 3D printed metal and plastic parts are being fitted into products that range from jet engines to medical devices and personalized shoes. Next generation 3D printing processes are also being developed, while the convergence of 3D printing with other technologies presents significant opportunities for localization and more sustainable production methods. The 3D printing industry is indeed in a state of radical transition as it evolves from selling niche rapid prototyping equipment, to supplying cutting-edge digital manufacturing systems."--Provided by publisher
Author: David D. Thornburg
Release Date: 2014-06-01
Genre: Educational technology
"3D printing will be bigger than the Web." Chris Anderson, former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine This book is an essential guide for educators interested in bringing the amazing world of 3D printing to their classrooms. Learn about the technology, exciting powerful new design software, and even advice for purchasing your first 3D printer. The real power of the book comes from a variety of teacher-tested step-by-step classroom projects. Eighteen fun and challenging projects explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, along with forays into the visual arts and design. The Invent To Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom is written in an engaging style by authors with decades of educational technology experience.
Author: Samuel N. Bernier
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc.
Release Date: 2015-10-01
France's Le FabShop has extensive experience testing 3D printers and creating digital models for them. From an articulated Makey Robot to a posable elephant model, Samuel N. Bernier and the rest of Le FabShop's team have created some of the most-printed designs in the 3D printing world. This book uses their work to teach you how to get professional results out of a desktop 3D printer without needing to be trained in design. Through a series of tutorials and case studies, this book gives you the techniques to turn a product idea into a 3D model and a prototype. Focusing on free design software and affordable technologies, the exercises in this book are the perfect boost to any beginner looking to start designing for 3D printing. Designing for the tool and finding a good tool to fit the design--these are at the core of the product designer's job, and these are the tools this book will help you master. Foreword by Carl Bass, Autodesk's CEO, a passionate and prolific Maker. In Design For 3D Printing, you'll: Learn the different 3D printing technologies Choose the best desktop 3D printer Discover free 3D modeling software Become familiar with 3D scanning solutions Find out how to go from a bad to a good 3D source file, one that's ready-to-print
This book adopts a practical approach, with the use of step-by-step instructions to help guide readers. There are lots of screenshots covering each and every step needed to design a high-quality model in Blender for 3D printing.If you are a Blender user or someone who wants to use Blender to make 3D objects suitable for 3D printing, this book is ideal for you. You should already be comfortable with basic modeling in Blender - including using modifiers - although advanced skills are not required. All of the models that you will need are explored in-depth. This book does not assume that you will use any specific printer and teaches the general principles common to building models for most printers. It also gives you tips on discovering the requirements of the specific printer you will be using.
"Over the fast few years 3D printing has revolutionized the way we create things, prototype products and design art. As the technological [sic] grows, more possibilities develop in ways to utilize this innovative technology. Monetize the advantages of the 3D printing technology and you will be well on your way toward leading the next industrial revolution." --P.  of cover.
Beginning Design for 3D Printing is the full color go-to-guide for creating just about anything on a 3D printer. This book will demystify the design process for 3D printing, providing the proper workflows for those new to 3D printing, eager artists, seasoned engineers, 3D printing entrepreneurs, and first-time owners of 3D printers to ensure original ideas can be 3D printed. Beginning Design for 3D Printing explores a variety of 3D printing projects. Focus is on the use of freely available 3D design applications with step-by-step techniques that will demonstrate how to create a wide variety of 3D printable objects and illustrate the differences between splines, polygons, and solids. Users will get a deep understanding of a wide range modeling applications. They'll learn the differences between organic modeling tools, hard edge modeling, and precision, CAD-based techniques used to make 3D printable designs, practical products, and personalized works of art. Whether you are a student on a budget or a company exploring R & D options for 3D printing, Beginning Design for 3D Printing will provide the right tools and techniques to ensure 3D printing success.