3D Printing For Dummies

3D Printing For Dummies

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By (author) Kalani Kirk Hausman, By (author) Richard Horne

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 231mm x 23mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2014
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118660757
  • ISBN 13: 9781118660751
  • Sales rank: 298,669

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Get started printing out 3D objects quickly and inexpensively! 3D printing is no longer just a figment of your imagination. This remarkable technology is coming to the masses with the growing availability of 3D printers. 3D printers create 3-dimensional layered models and they allow users to create prototypes that use multiple materials and colors. This friendly-but-straightforward guide examines each type of 3D printing technology available today and gives artists, entrepreneurs, engineers, and hobbyists insight into the amazing things 3D printing has to offer. You'll discover methods for the creation of 3D printable objects using software, 3D scanners, and even photographs with the help of this timely For Dummies guide. Includes information on stereolithography, selective sintering, fused deposition, and granular binding techniques Covers the potential for the transformation of production and manufacturing, reuse and recycling, intellectual property design controls, and the commoditization of traditional products from magazines to material goods Walks you through the process of creating a RepRap printer using open-source designs, software, and hardware Addresses the limitations of current 3D printing technologies and provides strategies for improved success 3D Printing For Dummies is the must-have guide to make manufacturing your own dynamic designs a dream come true!

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Kalani Kirk Hausman has spent more than 20 years as an IT consultant, enterprise architect, auditor, and ISO. He currently conducts research on integrating 3D printed materials into educational curricula at Texas A&M University. Richard Horne (RichRap) has two decades of experience in the electronics industry as an engineer, marketer, and product designer. In his work with the RepRap project, he blogs and shares ideas to make 3D printing easier for everyone to understand.

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"This accessible guide covers everything from how 3D printing works to the transformative impact it could have on our lives" (Tech Monthly, February 2014) "...a handy book that delves into the potential of this new technology" (3D World, June 2014)

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Learn to: Use 3D printing software, hardware, and toolsWork with the different types of 3D printing processes and servicesFollow best practices for 3D printingCreate your own RepRap 3D printer3D printing power to the people! Bring your designs to life with this "For Dummies" guideStraight from science fiction to your living room! 3D printing is here, and this friendly guide cuts through the technical jargon to show you how 3D printing works, what it can (and can't) do, some great resources, how 3D printing can be used in business, and cool things you can make yourself, even your own RepRap 3D printer!Amazing advantages -- learn about the efficiencies of scale, personalization options, and green aspects of additive manufacturingIt's been done -- see how 3D printers are already producing prototypes of medical implants, personalized prosthetics, jewelry, and furnitureThe right tool for the job -- find out what types of printers are needed for different materialsWhat's online -- discover sites where you can acquire open source tools for 3D object modelsIt's just business -- look at the industries being created by the advances in 3D printing, and some that will have to adaptCheck 'em out -- review various consumer-level 3D printersRappin' about RepRap -- get a list of components, materials, and software you need to build your own RepRap printer, with step-by-step instructionsOpen the book and find: Opportunities that 3D printing presentsA comparison of traditional and additive manufacturingThe different types of 3D printingA few limitations of current technologyWhat 3D printing can mean to medicineMaterials used in rapid prototypingSources for CAD software and 3D scannersSome ethical issues about 3D printing

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with 3D Printing 7 Chapter 1: Seeing How 3D Printers Fit into Modern Manufacturing 9 Chapter 2: Exploring the Types of 3D Printing 23 Chapter 3: Exploring Applications of 3D Printing 41 Part II: Outlining 3D Printing Resources 61 Chapter 4: Identifying Available Materials for 3D Printing 63 Chapter 5: Identifying Sources for 3D-Printable Objects 81 Part III: Exploring the Business Side of 3D Printing 99 Chapter 6: Commoditizing 3D Printing 101 Chapter 7: Understanding 3D Printing's Effect on Traditional Lines of Business 117 Chapter 8: Reviewing 3D Printing Research 131 Part IV: Employing Personal 3D Printing Devices 143 Chapter 9: Exploring 3D-Printed Artwork 145 Chapter 10: Considering Consumer-Level 3D Printers 157 Chapter 11: Deciding on a RepRap of Your Own 169 Part V: Creating a RepRap 3D Printer 199 Chapter 12: Assembling Structural Elements 201 Chapter 13: Understanding RepRap Control Electronics 231 Chapter 14: Assembling the RepRap Extruder and RepRap Upgrades 265 Chapter 15: Identifying Software and Calibrating Your 3D Printer 295 Part VI: The Part of Tens 331 Chapter 16: Ten Ways That Rapid Prototyping Will Disrupt Traditional Manufacturing 333 Chapter 17: Ten Examples of Direct-Digital Manufacturing and Personalization 339 Chapter 18: Ten Impossible Designs Created Using Additive Manufacturing 345 Index 349