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3D Printing with RepRap Cookbook [Kindle Edition]

Richard Salinas

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Do-it-yourself 3D printing is a new and exciting technology that gives you the power to make extraordinary things that were previously impossible. 3D printing provides great savings on assembly costs as it offers the capability of printing already assembled products.

This book is a concise guide to creating 3D models and for mastering the skills of 3D printing through a series of easy-to-follow recipes. It covers the detailed process of 3D printing using RepRap machines along with some fundamental 3D printing techniques such as 3D scanning, parametric modeling, and digital fabrication.


A systematic guide consisting of over 100 recipes which focus on helping you understand the process of 3D printing using RepRap machines. The book aims at providing professionals with a series of working recipes to help make their fuzzy notions into real, saleable projects/objects using 3D printing technology.

Who this book is for

This book is for novice designers and artists who own a RepRap-based 3D printer, have fundamental knowledge of its working, and who desire to gain better mastery of the printing process. For the more experienced user, it will provide a handy visual resource, with side-by-side comparisons of the two most popular slicers, Skeinforge and Slic3r.

A basic understanding of designing and modeling principles and elementary knowledge of digital modeling would be a plus.

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About the Author

Richard Salinas

Richard Salinas is a scenic artist in the film industry, where he has worked for over 20 years on numerous television and motion picture productions.

He was educated at the University of Missouri where he studied sculpture and three-dimensional design. He also has a formal education in the field of electronics. He developed an interest in computers in 1981 when he began programming on his university's mainframe and one of the first affordable personal computers: the Commodore VIC-20.

Since 2012, he's constructed five 3D printers of various designs and hacks. His aim is to explore the possibilities of creating fine art sculpture with DIY technology. You can follow his progress at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 26975 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (24 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LA414LE
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed and with tons of experience, but you need to invest time and get hands-on 5 Aug. 2014
By Stefan Boeykens - Published on
It is a quite extensive book at 346 pages. The layout and quality is similar to other Packt books. If you are not familiar: the eBook has colored images, but the printed versions are black-and-white, which sometimes interferes with the legibility of screenshots.

Like most Packt books, this is not a scientific book, but a pragmatic book, written by experts rather than by professional writers.

In this case, the writing is practical, no-nonsense. The writer assumes that the reader has basic modelling skills and knows his or her way around finding the particularities online. There is not too much place spent in explaining trivial matter, which is fine for me.

For this book, the writer chose to focus mostly on freely available software and illustrates it on Windows 7, but most systems are available for other platforms too. You need access to a Reprap (or similar) printer and also software that interfaces with this machine. This is briefly explained in the preface.

This book is a good addition to the growing topic of 3D printing: it is extensive and gives valuable information. It is very detailed and as such requires a serious time investment for the reader. You might read it a first time to get an overview, but then you have to get hands-on with 3D printing. I feel that its primary value is on the depth that the writer reaches, assumably based on his experience with the process.

The choice of software systems is quite varied and might not appeal to all users. Somehow I find it a bit strange that the writer deliberately avoids commercial software. E.g. for Mesh repairs, the software from Materialise (Magics) is an industry-standard and while very expensive, it has been developed for correcting most problems with 3D models to print. Even a brief mention would be fine.

While too detailed for my taste, I can recommend this book if you have a RepRap or have access to one in a local Fab-Lab. But only if you are willing to spend the time going into detail and working hands-on with the tools, the software and the hardware.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very instructive with lots of exercises 4 Aug. 2014
By Ann Rodela - Published on
This book is for the reader who has a Rep Rap 3D printer and is ready to learn how to print better models. The author guides the reader through numerous printing exercises involving calibration, flow rate and test models. Numerous color photos show print results using ABS and PLA filaments.

Chapter one shows the reader how to take photos of an actual object and stitch them up with 123D Catch to make a 3D model. I enjoyed reading chapter three which shows how to install a David Laserscanner using a webcam and a common laser to scan small objects. I also found clear images of host interfaces like Repetier which you install on your computer to control your printer. The author also compares slicing programs Slic3r and Skeinforge interface as well photos of the printed results.

Richard describes 3D modeling with TopMod to create organic forms with carefully designed support meant to be strong and easier to remove from the printed model which is knowledge that can only be gained by experience. He shows how to fix mesh problems with MeshLab for manifold issues, inverted mesh, as well as reducing the amount of polygons of dense models. He adds textures to his lovely starfish model with meshmixer. The author shows the lattice technique to prevent printed filament from curling up and distorting the model. He also discusses trouble shooting the actual 3D printer and common issues like a loose heatsink.

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a comprehensive snapshot of the tools and techniques that 3D printing hobbyists are using these days and an excellent place 10 Oct. 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
RepRap Cookbook is not, as the title might suggest, about building a RepRap styled printer. It is abouty using a repRap styped 3D printer. It starts with creating a 3D model using 123D Catch and then cleaning up, fixing, optimizing for 3D printing, and then printing a model using a variety of software. The range of software covered is impressive. It's a comprehensive snapshot of the tools and techniques that 3D printing hobbyists are using these days and an excellent place to start if you're a beginner. It's especially relevant if you're using an Ardunio based RepRap styled printer like a Lulzbot or any of the kickstarters out there, but it's also relevant for other machines as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars THE book so far for 3D printing artists and modelers 23 Jan. 2015
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No question this guy knows his 3D printing stuff! This is a very thorough and complete 3D printing guide. It is especially great if you plan on taking photos of an item and then plan on making 3D prints of that item from those photos. I am thrilled I have this one in my library of books now but I intend to use my 3D printer to make mechanical parts. That aspect is covered less in this book than he covers the artistic 3D modeling. Still, a book I will always keep for referencing and the great multitude of examples the author shows.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro to 3D Printing 11 Sept. 2014
By Crawford Smith - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
For those who got a 3D printer and then thought "now what?" - this book is for you.
This is a great introduction to creating really great content for 3D printing. The book offers numerous detailed exercise to familiarize the reader with some of the tools that can be used for creating 3D models for printing. Best of all - most of these tools are absolutely free. The exercises are detailed and easy to understand, even for a techie novice. Great way to get up and running with your 3D printer.
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