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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (24 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118660757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118660751
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This accessible guide covers everything from how 3D printing works to the transformative impact it could have on our lives” (Tech Monthly, February 2014) “…a handy book that delves into the potential of this new technology” (3D World, June 2014)

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Learn to: Use 3D printing software, hardware, and tools Work with the different types of 3D printing processes and services Follow best practices for 3D printing Create your own RepRap 3D printer 3D printing power to the people! Bring your designs to life with this For Dummies guide Straight from science fiction to your living room! 3D printing is here, and this friendly guide cuts through the technical jargon to show you how 3D printing works, what it can (and can′t) do, some great resources, how 3D printing can be used in business, and cool things you can make yourself, even your own RepRap 3D printer! Amazing advantages — learn about the efficiencies of scale, personalization options, and green aspects of additive manufacturing It′s been done — see how 3D printers are already producing prototypes of medical implants, personalized prosthetics, jewelry, and furniture The right tool for the job — find out what types of printers are needed for different materials What′s online — discover sites where you can acquire open source tools for 3D object models It′s just business — look at the industries being created by the advances in 3D printing, and some that will have to adapt Check ′em out — review various consumer–level 3D printers Rappin′ about RepRap — get a list of components, materials, and software you need to build your own RepRap printer, with step–by–step instructions Open the book and find: Opportunities that 3D printing presents A comparison of traditional and additive manufacturing The different types of 3D printing A few limitations of current technology What 3D printing can mean to medicine Materials used in rapid prototyping Sources for CAD software and 3D scanners Some ethical issues about 3D printing

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tychos on 25 Jan 2014
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I'm interested in 3D printing for making things for my research lab. The early chapters in this book are every enthusiastic but perhaps a little bit O.T.T. For instance the idea that we'll all be printing burgers and that this will remove the need for animals is a bit daft, to be perfectly frank. Likewise the idea that the poorest of the poor in Africa's murkier corners will whip out a 3D printer and build themselves a shelter is a bit loony. The later chapters on building a 3D printer were very helpful. So overall, a handy book for a noob like me but quite a lot of hot air in the earlier parts of the book.
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By Mr Nigel Faulkner on 18 Jun 2014
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This is a very Interesting book , gives you a good idea of the future of manufacturing.
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A lot of words, could probably have had 33% less pages. Only the last few chapters on how to build and run a 3D printer.
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By C. L. Murphy on 10 Sep 2014
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3D printing explained well 19 Jan 2014
By sandtoe1 - Published on Amazon.com
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I gave this book 5 stars because I enjoyed reading it. For me it explained all the aspects of 3D printing in one place which allowed me to become familiar with the techniques, language, engineering and applications of 3D printing in a weekend. After reading this book I am confident about getting into and purchasing a 3D printer.
My background is I am handy and computer literate. For me the information was straight forward and easy to comprehend. After reading this I think it will be similar to building a computer in the late 90s. Well maybe easier as the parts appear to be less proprietary. The author gave a very good break down of the build process over several chapters. I though it was well organized and provided good pictures and techniques of the 3D components. I haven't visited many sites or blogs on 3D printing so if you have been scouring the web for a few months you may have picked up the same general information as you will find in this book but because the authors have done this (make a 3D printer - also one is at the pinnacle of this technology ) I found their guidance to be exactly what I was looking for as a neophyte. I am no longer the neophyte I was 48 hours ago and can discuss arduino type boards from ramps to elefu-ra. Injectors like J-type, prusa and e3d and how the gear should be set up for feeding PLA or ABS.
If you would like an exploration both historical and technical into 3D printing and are going to buy or build a 3D printer as I am - read this book. This is the only book I will read on the subject after this I will dive into the 3D open source community. Hope this review helps you.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A good book if you want to build their favorite type of 3D printer 24 Feb 2014
By Ken - Published on Amazon.com
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Although there is a good intro to the principles of 3D printing, it seems like a major portion of this book deals with building a RepRap 3D printer. Much of the industry seems to be ignored, but then this technology is growing so quickly, it would be hard to keep up in print. Maybe they should have added "RepRap" to the title. No mention of 3D Systems, a major player in all levels of 3D printing, and only one paragraph (and no photos) on the very popular MakerBot 3D printers.
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Just Finished! 29 Jan 2014
By BlaiddDrwg - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished building my own 3D Printer from a kit when this book finally arrived at my door. I read it in about 3 days, highlighting all the important (or at least, important areas to me).

This book helped me tremendously with calibrating my bed and extruder. Made Slic3r and Pronterface much more easy to understand and gave great tips on settings for different types of prints.

Seriously, a great book to have in your 3D printing collection.

A side note, this book does mention a bit about building 3D printers from kits. I built my Prusa i3 from the Makerfarm kit, which I was very surprised not to see mentioned in this book as it's an all-inclusive kit that really solves a lot of the guesswork. It's also a great way to learn the ins-and-outs of 3d printers so you can go on to build your own.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Tech materials only a few months old, preaching to the choir 14 Feb 2014
By A. Emerson - Published on Amazon.com
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While the tech material is 110% current and useful, the rest of this book spends way too much time preaching to the choir about how 3D printing will change the world just like the Gutenberg printing press.....
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Little out of date 21 Jun 2014
By James L. Tanner - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a rapidly changing area and this book is a little out of date, but still partially interesting, You would have to check to see that the link still work also.
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