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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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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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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
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 is extremely stimulating and full of creative examples of what is possible.

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4.0 out of 5 stars More up to date, but lost some of the depth 16 Feb 2014
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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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good guide 19 Jan 2014
By Rene Medel P. - Published on
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Nice reviews, good topics and well selected criteria.
Good work and keep doing this in the future.

Good ways to learn.
5.0 out of 5 stars good info 25 Jun 2014
By pool boy - Published on
Nice book, will give you a lot of great tips, the rest is up to you.
Shoot for free software and after you master that, buy good printer, so far makerbot replicator2 seems to be the best
Don't be stingy, you don't want to end up with slow, cheap, stinky printer
By the time you master software (Blender, Rhinoceros5 or OpenScad) printers prices will drop.
The key is to go step by step. get rid of the urge to buy printer first
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent roundup of 3d printers 21 Jun 2014
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This book reminded me of the car magazine "shootouts" where they have a group of cars and test them all to see which is better. The additional articles help to keep things interesting and I feel like they were honest in their reviews.
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