Sharing a love of technology and experimentation, a new generation of designers and creative outsiders can hardly wait to explore the potentials and boundaries of 3D printing. The race is on for anyone to come up with the services and products that will b
The Next Big Thing explores future revolutions that will determine how things are made, who we share the planet with, where resources come from, and the evolution of the human species. Beyond 2030, the way we live today will no longer be sustainable. We will therefore need to develop technologies including 3D printing, synthetic biology and space travel if our civilization is to survive and thrive. Part I reveals how local digital manufacturing will allow on-demand production in any location. Part II then looks at those robots and artificial intelligences that are destined to become our future carers, servants and companions. Part III next examines how resources from space will one day deliver fresh energy and raw material supplies. Finally, Part IV predicts the transhuman evolution that will be triggered as we learn to genetically reprogram and cybernetically upgrade our own biological hardware. The Next Big Thing is written by futurist Christopher Barnatt of ExplainingTheFuture.com. The book will open your mind to the astonishing opportunities that lie ahead, and which will drive us toward the technological singularity . . .
Author: Roger Brown
Release Date: 1966
"Words and Things deals with language as human behavior and seeks to explain it as such. It looks for rthe origins of language in the world fo children and primitives and traces its development into the subtle tool of propaganda and advertising that we know today. It reconstructs the process of choosing sounds for ideas and looks for the earliest root words with which language began. by revealing the origins of language, Words and Things leads us to understand why we can guess the meaning of foreign words with more than chance success; it leads us to understand the world of the man who has but one word for 'blue' and 'green'; it brings us to understand a world that became ours with our native tongue--a world of 'dry' martinis, G.I. Joes, and unpopular commercials that increase sales. Words and things is based on the accumulated knowledge from generations of scholarship, as well as the most recent scientific research by linguists, pschologists, and others. It is most notable for the original and important contributions of the author, who is an outstanding authority in this field"--Provided by publisher.
So what is a 3D printer? It's a device you can either buy or build to make parts, toys, art, and even 3D images captured by a sensor or modeled in software. Maybe you have one, or maybe you're thinking about buying or building one, but once you have one, what can you do with it? Practical 3D Printers takes you beyond building the printer to calibrating it, customizing it, and creating amazing models with it, including 3D printed text, a warship model, a robot body, windup toys, and arcade-inspired alien invaders. First you'll learn about the different types of popular 3D printer models and the similarities and differences among them. You'll see how the MakerBot works, and how it's different from RepRap printers like the Huxley and Mendel as well as the whiteAnt RepStrap printer featured in the Apress book Printing in Plastic. You'll then learn how to find and create 3D models, and even how to create a 3D model from a 2D image. Next, you'll walk through building multi-part models with a steampunk warship example, working with meshes to build your own action heroes, and creating an autonomous robot chassis. Finally, you'll find all sorts of bonus projects to build, including wind-up walkers, faceted vases for the home, and a handful of useful upgrades to improve your 3D printer. In Practical 3D Printers, Brian Evans, the author of Beginning Arduino Programming, takes this topic deeper than any other 3D printing book with an discussion of various types of popular 3D printers, how to customize and calibrate them, and how to design and create models to put your printer to work. Whether you have the MakerBot, the Mendel, the whiteAnt, or any other 3D printer, with Practical 3D Printers, you'll be able to create amazing things with your printer. What you’ll learn The various types of 3D printers, what they have in common, and what sets each one apart The printer toolchain, including controllers and printer interfaces The art of calibrating your printer How to find and create 3D models to print, including using Google Sketchup How to create multipart models and meshes How to upgrade both the mechanical and electronic parts in your printer Who this book is for Electronics enthusiasts, tinkerers, artists, and everyone who wants to use their 3D printer to do more than make more 3D printers. Table of Contents Ch. 1: A World of 3D Printers Ch. 2: 3D Printer Toolchain Ch. 3: Calibrating Your Printer Ch. 4: 3D Models From The Cloud Ch. 5: 3D Haiku Ch. 6: Steampunk Warship Ch. 7: Action Hero Mashups Ch. 8: Mini Sumo Projetcs Ch. 9: Bonus Round 1: More Projects Ch. 10: Bonus Round 2: Upgrades Appendix A: Troubleshooting Appendix B: Resources
Author: James Floyd Kelly
Release Date: 2011-08-13
Printing in Plastic: Build Your Own 3D Printer is your gateway into the exciting world of personal fabrication. The “printer” that you'll build from this book is a personal fabricator capable of creating small parts and other objects from drops of molten plastic. Design a part using a modeling tool such as Google SketchUp. Then, watch while the fabricator head sweeps back and forth and upwards, depositing plastic in all the right places. You can build anything from a replacement tab to hold a bookshelf in place, to a small art project, to a bashguard for your bicycle. If you can conceive it and design it, you can build it, and you'll have fun doing it! Printing in Plastic is aimed at creative people comfortable using power tools such as a table saw, circular saw, and drill press. Authors James Kelly and Patrick Hood-Daniel lead you through building a personal fabrication machine based upon a set of blueprints downloaded from their website. Example projects get you started in designing and fabricating your own parts. Bring your handyman skills, and apply patience during the build process. You too can be the proud owner of a personal fabricator—a three-dimensional printer. Leads you through building a personal fabrication machine capable of creating small parts and objects from plastic Provides example projects to get you started on the road to designing and fabricating your own parts Provides an excellent parent/child, or small group project
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.
A systematic guide consisting of over 100 recipes which focus on helping you understand the process of 3D printing using RepRap machines. The book aims at providing professionals with a series of working recipes to help make their fuzzy notions into real, saleable projects/objects using 3D printing technology. This book is for novice designers and artists who own a RepRap-based 3D printer, have fundamental knowledge of its working, and who desire to gain better mastery of the printing process. For the more experienced user, it will provide a handy visual resource, with side-by-side comparisons of the two most popular slicers, Skeinforge and Slic3r. A basic understanding of designing and modeling principles and elementary knowledge of digital modeling would be a plus.
Author: Hod Lipson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2013-01-22
Fabricated tells the story of 3D printers, humble manufacturing machines that are bursting out of the factory and into schools, kitchens, hospitals, even onto the fashion catwalk. Fabricated describes our emerging world of printable products, where people design and 3D print their own creations as easily as they edit an online document. A 3D printer transforms digital information into a physical object by carrying out instructions from an electronic design file, or 'blueprint.' Guided by a design file, a 3D printer lays down layer after layer of a raw material to 'print' out an object. That's not the whole story, however. The magic happens when you plug a 3D printer into today’s mind-boggling digital technologies. Add to that the Internet, tiny, low cost electronic circuitry, radical advances in materials science and biotech and voila! The result is an explosion of technological and social innovation. Fabricated takes the reader onto a rich and fulfilling journey that explores how 3D printing is poised to impact nearly every part of our lives. Aimed at people who enjoy books on business strategy, popular science and novel technology, Fabricated will provide readers with practical and imaginative insights to the question 'how will this technology change my life?' Based on hundreds of hours of research and dozens of interviews with experts from a broad range of industries, Fabricated offers readers an informative, engaging and fast-paced introduction to 3D printing now and in the future.
Praise for "Nature Printing" " Stuff you usually compost or toss out with nary a second thought could actually be transformed into things of beauty. "Nature Printing is" simple and you don't have to have much in the way of esoteric or expensive materials to make frame-worthy prints, handmade stationery, or gift wrap." --Newsday "I mastered one project after a five minute flip through the book. The photos and drawings are wonderfully easy to follow. I proceeded to decorate every envelope in the house. I couldn't stop! My daughter and I stamped through the entire house." --Darragh Doiron in the Port Arthur (TX) News "Just looking at "this book" makes you want to collect supplies and get to work. This is one of the most beautiful books I have seen." --"The Chagrin Falls (OH) Valley Times" "Author Laura Donnelly Bethmann has done a wonderful job of revealing the methods behind a centuries-old craft that still appeals to the young and old, regardless of artistic ability." --"Akron (OH) Beacon Journal" "Bethmann has discovered the real connection between the creative self-expression evident in both gardening and painting, and has recognized how nature printing links them both." --"Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer"
Author: Lena Corwin
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang
Release Date: 2008-08-01
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
A talented designer explains how to create a wide variety of unusual and innovative hand-printed fabrics, furnishings, accessories, and paper crafts by using stencils, master stamps, and screen printing, using step-by-step instructions to teach crafters the fundamentals of hand printing and offering an array of ingenious projects, from screen-printed bed linens to stationery.