- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 2011 edition (2 Jun. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1430234431
- ISBN-13: 978-1430234432
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.7 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 886,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Printing in Plastic: Build Your Own 3D Printer (Technology in Action) Paperback – 2 Jun 2007
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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 (www.thenxtstep.com), 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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My advice would be to leave it a little longer and buy a kit when the technology is more mature.
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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.
I was very impressed with the book. Also the full sized plans can be downloaded, and the assembly videos are available, as well.
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
- 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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