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Printing in Plastic: Build Your Own 3D Printer (Technology in Action) [Paperback]

James Floyd Kelly , Patrick Hood-Daniel
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31 May 2011 Technology in Action
Printing in Plastic: Build Your Own 3D Printer is your gateway into the exciting world of personal fabrication. The "printer" that you'll build from this book is a personal fabricator capable of creating small parts and other objects from drops of molten plastic. Design a part using a modeling tool such as Google SketchUp. Then watch while the Fabricator head sweeps back and forth and upwards, depositing plastic in all the right places. You can build anything from a replacement tab to hold a bookshelf in place, to a small art project, to a bashguard for your bicycle. If you can conceive it and design it, you can build it, and you'll have fun doing it. Printing in Plastic is aimed at creative people comfortable in using power tools such as a table saw, circular saw, and drill press. Authors James Kelly and Patrick Hood-Daniel lead you through building a personal fabrication machine based upon a set of blueprints downloaded from their website. Example projects get you started in designing and fabricating your own parts. Bring your handyman skills, and apply patience during the build process. You too can be the proud owner of a personal fabricator-a three-dimensional printer. Leads you through building a personal fabrication machine capable of creating small parts and objects from plastic Provides example projects to get you started on the road to designing and fabricating your own parts Provides an excellent parent/child, or small group project What you'll learn How to assemble your own 3D printer The ins and outs of design software How to design and produce three-dimensional parts made from plastic How to replace small plastic parts in household objects How to create art objects Who this book is for

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  • Paperback: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag GmbH (31 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430234431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430234432
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 2.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 574,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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James Floyd Kelly is a professional writer from Atlanta, Georgia. He has written numerous books on multiple subjects, including LEGO robotics, open source software, and building your own CNC machine as well as a 3D printer. He is the editor-in-chief of the number one MINDSTORMS NXT blog, The NXT Step (, where he is joined by fellow NXT experts who share their knowledge and designs with other robot fans around the world.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 13 Mar 2014
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A good book to start you off on your 3d printing, this book goes in to a lot of detail and has photos as well, if you are a bit of a geek in a good way of course this book is for you
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Printing in Plastic 22 Aug 2012
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Great book, easy to read and understand, step by step instructions, all the info you need to successfully make a 3d printer or even a cnc machine. A++++++++++
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time 26 Jun 2014
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Bought this book, which explains in good detail how to build a 3d printer that also works as a mini cnc router and it does this well. Unfortunately the electronics have changed completely, the promised updates don't exist on the website and you will be buying a whole heap of frustration. The printer I have built cost considerably more than the kits that are on the market, prints a weak spiders web and has taken over a year of parts going back and forth to the USA with consequent duty charges all adding to the cost. I occasionally get answers to my emails to the author requesting help (which having spent £500 on parts from his company it seems reasonable to me that they would provide support) but these are no longer replied to. My guess is that they have given up on this project as there are too many problems and not enough profit.
My advice would be to leave it a little longer and buy a kit when the technology is more mature.
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3 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Printing in Plastic 21 April 2012
By Chris
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Disapointing for my requirements. Long descriptions on how to build a reprap of a different design to the kit that I bought. What I was looking for was a book on the techniques for getting the best results out of my printer once it is built.
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Better download the plans and put a CD with your book 5 Nov 2011
By Steven J. Greenfield - Published on
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The book is just the written instructions to go along with the videos and plans from the author's website. The book by itself is nearly useless as there isn't even a small print of the plans with dimensions in the book.

Before you buy this book, I strongly suggest going to the author's website at buildyourtools dot com. Download all the plans, watch all the videos, then decide if you need the book.

If the website ever goes down or the author decides not to support this book, you'll be out of luck. So if you buy this book, I'd download all the files related to it and burn them on a CD or put them on a flash drive to keep with the book.

The main component, the plastic feed head, is an amalgam of DIY and parts from Makerbot's 3D printer. No instructions are given on building the melt head itself. You could go buy that and add it to just about any CNC mill to build a 3D printer. There are a lot of open source projects out there.

The goal is laudable - DIY something cheaper than the existing kits out there now. I just think the book could have been better thought out.

FYI- while I'm writing this review, I find the author's website, buildyourtools(dot)com, is currently unavailable. Only a temporary thing, but as an owner of this book that makes me nervous.

Update: After a lot more reading and thinking about it, I've decided to return the book. I've never returned a book before, but the lack of plans in the book and the lack of dimensions on the downloadable plans really bothers me. It feels like half of a book.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Printing in 3d book 16 July 2011
By woodenduck - Published on
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Very good book with tons of information about building a 3d Printer. Also, includes info to change it to a small router with a Dremel Rotary tool installed. Included are lists of required hardware and online web links to resources.

I was very impressed with the book. Also the full sized plans can be downloaded, and the assembly videos are available, as well.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-Documented Project To Build A Powerful 3D Plastic Printer 12 Oct 2011
By Ira Laefsky - Published on
This well documented and well illustrated project oriented guide to building a 3D Plastic Prototyping Printer is by the same authors and follows a similar format to Apress's "Build Your Own CNC Machine". Given the increasing popularity of "Hackerspaces" and kit-based 3D Plastic Printers like Makerbot and Reprap there will be a wide audience for this book that fully describes the process of implementing a completely do-it-yourself 3D Plastic Prototyper in the form of a complete book rather than some on-web instructions. The assembly of this device the whiteAnt 3D printer requires more woodshop skills then either Makerbot's Thing-O-Matic or the Reprap system but these are thoroughly documented in the book. In exchange for some extra woodshop requirements the whiteAnt system can easily be converted to a limited CNC fabricator with modification instructions contained in an appendix. Also while providing a powerful system whose assembly and use is fully described in the book and accompanying website the fabrication of the whiteAnt might cost considerably less than Makerbot's Thing-O-Matic (while sharing similar electronics).

I would suggest this book to anyone who has been fascinated or is assenbling the similar Makerbot and Reprap products having this additional information and illustration is invaluable to any interested in Plastic Prototyping.

--Ira Laefsky, MSE/MBA
IT Consultant & Researcher retired from the Senior Consulting Staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc. & DIGITAL Equipment Corporation
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, poorly implemented 30 Nov 2011
By Gavin - Published on
I'd been looking for a book to augment my current (basic) knowledge of the 3D printing landscape. This book seemed like it would hit the mark, but it left me with an empty feeling. I think primarily this was because of the complete mess they made of the XYZ planes. As soon as I read how they planned to implement it I said to myself "that ain't right!". And sure enough at the back they owned up and admitted they'd made a massive mistake but it was too late for them to go and fix the problem - full steam ahead, damn the the correctness, schedule must be met! Hopefully they'll do a second rev to fix this.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as much about printing plastic! 7 Jan 2012
By H B - Published on
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- It's a book about making a 3D plastic printer

- It's filled with mostly outdated info. Currently there are much better looking and better functioning models on the market, like the prusa mendel.
- it's not much teaching about printing plastic, just about making the device; which is great for engineers, but not for the average hobbyist searching for a new hobby.
- Pretty complex stuff
-It's quite an expensive book!
- Less than 10% is about the software.

A great book for the engineer trying to make his first 3d plastic printer, but not good for the average hobbyist searching for a new hobby.
This overpriced book is filled with outdated info, which you probably could get for free browsing around websites of prusa.

A great book perhaps 5 years ago, but today I would not recommend anyone buying this book (right price should be in the $15-range)!
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