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Mark Frauenfelder
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5 Dec 2013

It’s 3D Printing: The Next Generation! The technology’s improving, prices are dropping,new models are hitting the market, and 3D printers are appearing on desktops, workbenches, lab shelves, and kitchen tables all over the world. Not only are we seeing better, faster, and cheaper 3D printers, we’re also seeing new printing materials, easier-to-use design software, powerful scanning technology, and the rise of an entire ecosystem of 3D peripherals and services that support 3D printing technology.

Make’s second annual 3D Printing Guide is once again your go-to resource for discovering the latest information in this fast-changing field of printers, software, projects, and accessories. Inside, you'll find up-to-date reviews on the latest in 3D printing technology, feature and model comparisons, tutorials and stories about 3d printing, and some of the coolest 3d printed objects out there.


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  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (5 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1457183021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1457183027
  • Product Dimensions: 27.5 x 21.4 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Frauenfelder is a writer and illustrator living in Los Angeles, and the editor of MAKE. He is the cofounder of the popular Boing Boing weblog and was an editor at Wired from 1993-1998.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Top 3D Printing Guide 30 July 2014
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Although very American based this magazine/booklet provides an excellent start point for those taking up 3D printing. It opens up pathways to many sources of information and includes articles which get you started on routes for improvement. My copy has been referred to so many times it is now curled at the edges. Definately a good buy and one for the reference collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Printer reviews useful 7 Jun 2014
By D. Morrissette - Published on Amazon.com
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"Ultimate Guide ...", depends on what you're expecting. "... to 3D Printing" would lead one to assume it would include comprehensive overview of 3D design, 3D design software, materials assessments. And it doesn't.

What is does cover very well is the current context of printer development and a healthy testing and characterization of 3D printers on the market, priced for home use. "... to 3D Printers" would've been closer to its strongest asset. Though for those who want to "tinker"/build their own printer, they'd probably object to that name also.

As a printer assessment, I found this very useful to learn of the features, flaws and limits of each of the printers. Many of these machines take much tinkering to work and what's suitable for one type of user would be daunting for another.

Fleshing this out to "...Printing", I hope they publish more.
- Kacie Hultgren, 3D printing design considerations
- Matt Stultz's printing materials overview
- ??, 3D printing design software review

Considering the wide array of 3D design software, an assessment and overview of those specific for 3D printing would be helpful. 3D design software ranges from rough cut, kid-friendly Tinkercad to huge and complex, loaded with features irrelevant for 3D printing. Many have usage constraints which may/may not be relevant for a user - cloud storage of design, "trial" save-limited or feature-limited constraints, tightly coupled or constrained to 3D printing service, etc.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read before you purchase a 3D printer; and a great spring-board for ideas 31 Dec 2013
By James Dinsmore - Published on Amazon.com
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Book Review: Make's Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing

Make magazine has put together a most comprehensive publication on 3D printing. In usual Make style, it begins with how various printers work with clear explanations of the technology. They also give the intriguing history; who made the innovations, how early challenges were overcome and how they have proliferated.

In some respects, this is a thorough buyer's guide, promoting both the brand advertising of various 3D printers; along with critical reviews and comparisons of key features. With prices ranging from $300 to over $3000USD this kind of help is needed to make an informed purchase.

This publication also explores the legal ramifications of 3D printing; from plastic guns to copyright infringement. It examines the “who is responsible” question if you provide a technology that someone else abuses.

The Maker community is an eclectic mix of artist, engineers, tinkers and hackers; so there is a section showcasing the outstanding artistic work that only a 3D printer could produce. Making this kind of technology available to the masses is certain to transform the world as we know it.

Then there are numerous examples of how practical a 3D printer in the home would be; from replacing broken parts so that appliances may be repaired rather than discarded (how GREEN!) to making useful items yourself (like guitar picks) rather than having to run across town to purchase them.

There are articles on how 3D printing is being used in medicine to construct cartilage, heart valves and bone replacement.

For the entrepreneur, there are examples of individuals who have created a personal business around 3D printed products.

A guide like this would not be complete without delving into the various materials employed by 3D printers, their physical characteristics and properties and suitability for particular types of projects. There is also rich material on the software applications that are used to create the models and run the printers, how slicer's work and what one needs to know about resolution.

The complimentary tool for a 3D printer is a 3D scanner, and this guide has an ample section devoted to making scanning technology as accessible as that of printing.

Finally, this guide is a great springboard for project ideas...it is extremely stimulating and full of creative examples of what is possible.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read this before you buy a 3d printer in 2014 - if are reading this in 2015 it is outdated 6 May 2014
By customer1 - Published on Amazon.com
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Read this before you buy any desktop 3d printer in 2014. This is a great magazine that publishes a shoot out review of 3d printers -- many of the low cost desktop 3d printers on the market -- it is a tricky task to be fair - and I think the testers/writers do a good job. The problem is 3d printing as a technology is developing so fast this is only useful in 2014. The information in this will be useless by next year (2015) as most of the companies listed will have better printers out for totally different costs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for those looking to get into 3D printing 11 Mar 2014
By Erik - Published on Amazon.com
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This guide is a great starter for those who are thinking about getting a 3D printer. Contains reviews of many current generation 3D printers and breaks them down by price, print quality, features, etc. Information helps you to decide which printer to get based on what kind of printing you want to do (Example: rapid prototyping, high resolution printing, etc) Definitely a good read just to get your feet wet in the subject.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More up to date, but lost some of the depth 16 Feb 2014
By M. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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There is still value in getting the one they published 2 years ago. The tests were more exhausting, and the sample models that each printer made were easier to compare. This still has good articles about the future.
The printer in the middle of the cover isn't even for sale yet, and the company is being sued for patent infringement. Not sure I would be "reviewing" unobtanium.
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