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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (17 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494728745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494728748
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,137,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To kick things off the author has a good harangue about the 3d printing doubters, pointing out how some technologies that were initially underestimated have come good. Logical fallacies are a big part of this initial segment. I would recommend reading a little of this book using Amazon's look-inside, you will probably be able to talk yourself out of an ill-advised purchase. Within look-inside's 'Doubters and Defeatists' section there is an argument that goes like this: Tommy Guo, founder of Foxconn has poured scorn on 3d printing. <Long rant on the short-comings of Foxconn>. Tommy Guo is not a very nice person and so (presumably) you dear reader may be assured of the bright future of 3d printing. Oh dear.

He tries explaining a bit of technology but he is clearly not cut out for that, explaining details is all a bit pedestrian for him. He has a go at explaining, some what unconvincingly, how you can make money using a 3d printer to print various kinds of miniature and models. He does a bit of reviewing of various 3d printers, which might be useful if we were still in the year 2013. He describes some of the projects he is working on using his 3d printer. I understand why he might be interested in these, perhaps he has/ will make a few sales through the web but sadly none of them interested me. He then sets off on a web odyssey touring his favourite sites and giving us a gloss.

This is a stream of consciousness book written by an author who hops from topic to topic rarely settling on anything for more than a couple of paragraphs. I am imagining him with a browser and a word processor open on his laptop as he flits from website to website summarising the shinier bits of gee-whizzery upon which his magpie eye alights.
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I recently saw a 3D printing exhibition at London's Science Museum and knew I had to learn more about the topic. I had no idea until reading Mr Winnan's information-packed book quite what the possibilities and implications were. The information is presented clearly with many helpful illustrations, there is enough background - history and technology - without getting bogged down, everything in easy-to-digest sections and chapters. It has everything you could possibly need to know to get started in this exciting area. For what might seem to be a complex technological topic this book is perfectly pitched at beginners. Beginners that, I think, will soon be fully fledged enthusiasts, thanks to Mr Winnan's excellent book!
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still reading fantastic book
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3D printing is taking off 23 Jan. 2014
By Moore Ronson - Published on Amazon.com
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The author, through the book’s title, rightly pointed out that 3D printing is the next technology goldrush. Chris Anderson, the author and entrepreneur who insightfully forecasted the emergence of the long tail and freemium business models, has predicted that 3D printing has given rise to the next industrial revolution. It is indeed a hot topic in the technology sector. More and more enterprises and individuals have bet on 3D printing taking off.

This book shed light on both the business and technological aspects. It tells you what are the highly demanded products, how to outsource and expand your business. It also discusses in detail different types of 3D printing machines, software platform and what basic equipment you’ve got to have to start a business. The author shared lots of his personal experiences with the printing machines. These are interesting stories to read. There is a balance between plain technical details and readability. I don’t think it is a “business in a box” type of guide that enables you to start the printing business tomorrow, but you can expect to read some in-depth details that save you time on doing the research all by yourself.

If you want to catch up with the 3D printing trend, this is a book to include in your reading list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If 3D printing interests you, buy this book!! 21 Jan. 2014
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
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My first experience with 3D printing was almost 20 years ago when my dad showed me a small form he made on this huge machine from a CAD drawing. The technology was new, but I was so intrigued! Fast forward to 2013 and I finally bought my own 3D printer from a Kickstarter campaign.

I am so glad I found this book. It an excellent read filled with both great ideas to help monetize your new 3D printer and also detailed information about advancements in the technology that give you a nice idea of what to expect over the next few years of this exciting technology. I would highly recommend this book to 3D printing enthusiasts or just anyone who is interested in discovering an alternative revenue stream that doesn't require a huge investment. A++
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great personal experiments! 24 Jan. 2014
By Steven M - Published on Amazon.com
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I have found a bunch of books on 3D printing to be very boring and mostly just researched material. I really found myself actually enjoying this book as it was written from personal experiences. Great photos throughout of actual experiments helped to totally understand what you were reading. This author took time to explain simple enough that a novice can understand yet an experienced person doesn't get bored. Thumbs up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with loads of great information! 24 Jan. 2014
By shorty1715 - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful information and so well written that you can’t stop reading. If you were not sure about 3D printing, after reading this book you will be hooked! An amazing amount of information packed into this book. Very well written. I highly recommend!
5.0 out of 5 stars Banned by Makerbot 15 Feb. 2014
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I enjoyed reading “The Next Technology Goldrush” last year and so when I heard that Makerbot had banned this new book, I had to see what all the fuss was about. Controversy has its appeal.

Although Makerbot in its new corporate guise comes in for a fair bit of criticism, banning the book outright seem s to be a bit of an over reaction and is likely to only succeed in making the book more popular. While the author criticizes the company's move away from the open source ethos and questions whether a 3D printing manufacturer owning a 3D file repository is a conflict of interests, the sheer amount of information that he includes regarding his own Makerbot experiments is bound to drive 3D printer sales ever upward.

It was great to see a book that included real examples of what I could be printing to make a printer pay for itself. Not many other books in this field are so clear cut in this area. I have not yet got around to buying a printer, but when I do I will certainly be exploring some of the fascinating income streams that are explored here. The book even inspired me to come up with a few ideas of my own.

The other thing that surprised me about this book is its prescience. A lot of the predictions are already starting to come true. From the adoption of the new AMF format to Local Motors printing the first 3D printed car, this guy must have printed a crystal ball to be able to see so clearly what impacts this technology is having. Cannot wait to see if the rest of his predictions start coming true.
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