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Practical 3D Printers: The Science and Art of 3D Printing (Technology in Action) [Paperback]

Brian Evans
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29 Aug 2012 Technology in Action
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

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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag GmbH; 1 edition (29 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430243929
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430243922
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A good guide to 3D printing 26 Jan 2014
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A good concise guide to 3D printing. Covers processes, techniques, models, parts, and settings. Will be using it as a guide to build and run my own 3D printer. Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3D printer Book, 18 Jan 2014
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This book is very well written, very informative, a best guide for anyone considering buying a 3D printer. Delivery very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book with lots of examples 15 May 2013
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I like this book a lot, its clearly illustrated, well written and very helpful both in choosing a 3D printer and setting up / running one.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Hobbyist 3D Printing Book Available 25 Aug 2012
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This is a "No Fluff" book full of first hand experience. I own the Makergear Mosaic M1 pictured on the front, and examples using the printer are throughout the book. I also own a Makerbot Thing-o-matic, and a RepRap Prusa which is also covered quite well in the book. There are a few things that aren't exactly right, but Cartesian printers and CNC in general can be exacting and complicated so there's no real faulting him for being a bit off.
He covers many of the new technology like Slic3r and Printrbot. I've read about half the book now and I'm quite pleased at the detail and currency of the book.
This is the best hobbyist 3D printing book available and will be a great place to start for many years.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very poor quality images 9 Dec 2012
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For the price of this book the graphics look like they were printed on a 1980 dot-matrix printer. I have seen the .PDF version of this book and the graphics are clear and in color. The printed version is of the lowest quality however.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential if you are building a RepRap 26 April 2013
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I was waiting for Josef Prusa`s book to come out when I decided to buy this on Kindle. I was six months into my first build of a Mendel Prusa V2 finding it difficult to get a clear step-by-step guide all in one place. The RepRap community and Wiki are great, but not so concise. When I first started reading this book, I wasn't that impressed. As I progressed on my build I found myself referring to it more and finally relying on it. While the author tries to be circumspect this is clearly aimed at the RepRap Mendel. This is a good thing, as it doesn't try to be a generic and meaningless overview. There are an incredible number of resources, and just about every link is relevant and even exciting.The author takes you from basic hardware, firmware in enough specific detail to really be useful for for the most popular electronics. He introduces the best open source software tools and model sources and walks you through a very practical project. Lots of tips, like using a wet method to mount Kaptan tape on the heated bed, which is almost impossible to do any other way. I found it worth the price now that I'm actually extending plastic .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book! 15 Nov 2012
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Great for the first time 3D printer buyer. It explains the hardware and software tool chain is such a way that you have all the basic knowledge necessary to purchase a printer and start churning out prints. A must have!
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3.0 out of 5 stars I'll second the good reviews 6 Feb 2013
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Yup this was a good book.

I am new to 3D printing so just trying to learn the basics so I learned a lot.

I am also trying to learn 3D CAD so the instructions in using OpenSCAD were a real eye opener.

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