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3D Printing: Build Your Own 3D Printer and Print Your Own 3D Objectsby James Floyd Kelly
Synopses & Reviews
Want something? Print it–with your own 3D printer!
Right now, you can print practically any 3D object you can imagine–from toys to gadgets to replacement parts, and beyond! All you need is a 3D printer…and they’re simpler and cheaper than you ever imagined. This full-color, step-by-step guide will get you started–and if you want, it’ll even walk you through building your own 3D printer from an inexpensive kit.
Packed with colorful photos and screenshots, it explains all the crucial details other books skip. You’ll walk through choosing and assembling your new 3D printer kit…brainstorming and designing new objects with free software…and then printing them on your brand-new 3D printer.
3D printing is today’s hottest new technological revolution, and this book takes you right to the cutting edge!
This lush, 4-color book uses a straightforward, photo and screenshot-rich design to teach the reader everything he/she needs to know about 3D printing technology. 3D printing can be intimidating to many people. The machines are getting simpler, but there’s still a software and hardware component that can be overwhelming to people not familiar with them. 3D printing doesn’t have to be difficult to understand or use – and this book will provide super-simple explanations and instructions that other books on the subject are missing. New 3DP owners don’t want to spend a lot of time reading about how the technology works.
This book touches on that, but gets right to the heart of the matter and shows readers how 3D printing isn't sci-fi and it isn't only for the geeks. It tackles and simplifies topics such as CAD, XYZ coordinate system, and STL files, and teaches readers how to brainstorm a 3D object, how to design it with AutoCAD software, and ultimately how to print it on a printer the reader built him or herself!
This book provides sidebars with useful websites that outline cool and interesting projects/devices. This book uses as little non-technical jargon as possible, and focuses on easy-to-understand explanations for topics such as XYZ coordinates, CAD (Computer Aided Design), and STL files. Many people still believe that 3D printing is the province of the uber nerdy, but we're here to show that readers young and old will understand just how easy it is to build a 3D printer, connect it to a computer, design a 3D object with simple (and free) software, and then print that object in plastic.
Purchasers of the book will also receive access to a series of short streaming web videos that demonstrate many of the software techniques used in the book as well as some videos of the 3D printer assembly and use.
About the Author
James Floyd Kelly is a technology writer with degrees in English and Industrial Engineering. James has written on a wide variety of topics, including programming for kids, LEGO robotics, open-source software, and building 3D printers. James is a DIYer—a tinkerer and a maker who enjoys learning new skills whenever possible. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and two young boys.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - What is 3D printing?
Chapter 2 - Introducing the Printrbot Simple
Chapter 3 - Building the Printrbot Simple
Chapter 4 - Connecting the Printrbot Simple with a Computer
Chapter 5 - Introducing Autodesk 123D (free version)
Chapter 6 - Creating Your First 3D Object
Chapter 7 - Printing Your First 3D Object
Chapter 8 - More 3D Objects to Build
Chapter 9 - Further Explorations with Your 3D Printer
Chapter 10 - Alternatives to the Printrbot Simple
Appendix A - Websites/Books/Magazines
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