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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (8 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118350634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118350638
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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′It′s well–written, and with chapters like "Digital cuisine", "Ownership, safety and new legal frontiers" and "A factory in the classroom", the book holds much promise. I put it like that because I haven′t actually read it yet! I′ve literally just started on it, and thought I would take the opportunity to give you the heads–up on it.’ (ICTinEducation.org, June 2013) ′This engaging book takes the reader on a journey that explores how 3D printing will impact our lives. Fabricated is ideal if you’re interested in integrating 3D printing into your work, but are not experts in design software.′ (Design Talks, August 2013)

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What would you create if you had a machine that could make (almost) anything? Fabricated offers you practical and imaginative insight into the question, "How will 3D printing change my life?" This book is an informative and fast–paced exploration of 3D printing technologies and the people who use them. You′ll take a journey to design studios, businesses, schools, and cutting–edge research labs. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews, Fabricated explores the promise and peril of a 3D printed present and future. Businesses will be liberated from the tyrannies of economies of scale Factories and global supply chains will shrink, finding themselves closer to their customers The law, already reeling from digital media, will once again need to be redefined Our environment might breathe easier in a 3D printed economy, or it could choke on a rising tide of plastic 3D printed digital and intelligent, adaptive materials will change our relationship with the physical world If you′re intrigued with new technology, business strategy, popular science, or the social impact of technology, Fabricated will fascinate you.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jon Aas on 9 Oct 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Fabricated the New World of 3D Printing" as it gives insight into what is happening right now over a wide field of applications of 3D printing. Yes, the different topics covered are not futuristic or hyped expectations, but what is happening in companies manufacturing printers today, what actually is going on in schools at different levels to adopt the technology into teaching curriculums, all the way to research at university level and beyond. It is important to remember that the technology of 3D printing has developed over more than two decades, and has reached a level of maturity where it can be taken seriously. However, it is still in its infancy, i.e., there is much more to come.

Somehow I combined reading "Fabricated the New World of 3D Printing" together with Christopher Barnatt's "3D Printing - The Next Industrial Revolution". To my astonishment each book, published in 2013, cross referenced the other.

The authors of "Fabricated the New World of 3D Printing" point out that there are barriers to progress: the 3D printing technology has advanced way beyond what the supporting technology can deliver.
- the file format used to represent the geometric shapes sent to a 3D printer, STL, is an old format with limited capabilities. The format can only represent one colour shapes, and to represent complex shapes accurately, transfer files become very large and time consuming to process, both to write and to read. The format itself is prone to errors resulting in crashes and wasted raw material and time.
As a consequence, a whole industry has grown up to correct and verify correctness in STL files prior to sending them to 3D printers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By alex on 1 Sep 2013
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Goes into detail about not just 3d printers but the idea of 3d printing in general and how it has the potential to change the way we eat, live, and create.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emilio Alberto Delgado Pérez on 26 Nov 2013
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Its a very good guide for those who want to start in the world of the 3D printing. Definitly recommended.
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Hod Lipson has done a lot of pioneering work and speculated well on 3d printings potentials - great easy read
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