Practical 3D Printers: The Science and Art of 3D Printing (Google eBook)

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Apress, Aug 29, 2012 - Technology & Engineering - 332 pages
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So what is a 3D printer? It's a device you can either buy or build to make parts, toys, art, and even 3D images captured by a sensor or modeled in software. Maybe you have one, or maybe you're thinking about buying or building one, but once you have one, what can you do with it?

Practical 3D Printers takes you beyond building the printer to calibrating it, customizing it, and creating amazing models with it, including 3D printed text, a warship model, a robot body, windup toys, and arcade-inspired alien invaders.
First you'll learn about the different types of popular 3D printer models and the similarities and differences among them. You'll see how the MakerBot works, and how it's different from RepRap printers like the Huxley and Mendel as well as the whiteAnt RepStrap printer featured in the Apress book Printing in Plastic. You'll then learn how to find and create 3D models, and even how to create a 3D model from a 2D image. Next, you'll walk through building multi-part models with a steampunk warship example, working with meshes to build your own action heroes, and creating an autonomous robot chassis. Finally, you'll find all sorts of bonus projects to build, including wind-up walkers, faceted vases for the home, and a handful of useful upgrades to improve your 3D printer.

In Practical 3D Printers, Brian Evans, the author of Beginning Arduino Programming, takes this topic deeper than any other 3D printing book with an discussion of various types of popular 3D printers, how to customize and calibrate them, and how to design and create models to put your printer to work. Whether you have the MakerBot, the Mendel, the whiteAnt, or any other 3D printer, with Practical 3D Printers, you'll be able to create amazing things with your printer.

What you’ll learn
  • The various types of 3D printers, what they have in common, and what sets each one apart
  • The printer toolchain, including controllers and printer interfaces
  • The art of calibrating your printer
  • How to find and create 3D models to print, including using Google Sketchup
  • How to create multipart models and meshes
  • How to upgrade both the mechanical and electronic parts in your printer
Who this book is for

Electronics enthusiasts, tinkerers, artists, and everyone who wants to use their 3D printer to do more than make more 3D printers.

Table of Contents

Ch. 1: A World of 3D Printers

Ch. 2: 3D Printer Toolchain

Ch. 3: Calibrating Your Printer

Ch. 4: 3D Models From The Cloud

Ch. 5: 3D Haiku

Ch. 6: Steampunk Warship

Ch. 7: Action Hero Mashups

Ch. 8: Mini Sumo Projetcs

Ch. 9: Bonus Round 1: More Projects

Ch. 10: Bonus Round 2: Upgrades

Appendix A: Troubleshooting

Appendix B: Resources

  

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Review: Practical 3D Printers: The Science and Art of 3D Printing

User Review  - John Adkins - Goodreads

This book is a well written overview of 3d printing. It covers 3d printing from creating a usable 3d model or locating one online through processing the model for printing and the actual production of the model. Most importantly, the book does not focus exclusively on any one particular printer. Read full review

Review: Practical 3D Printers: The Science and Art of 3D Printing

User Review  - Matas Petrikas - Goodreads

A quite good practical guide, bit outdated, but most of the facts still apply. Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1 A World of 3D Printers
1
Chapter 2 3D Printer Toolchain
27
Chapter 3 Calibrating Your Printer
49
Chapter 4 3D Models from the Cloud
75
Chapter 5 3D Haiku
99
Chapter 6 Steampunk Warship
129
Chapter 7 Action Hero Mashups
163
Chapter 8 Mini Sumo Robot
193
APPENDIX A Printing Tips
281
APPENDIX B Resources
295
Index
301
Practical 3D Printers
iv
Contents
vii
About the Author
xvii
About the Technical Reviewer
xviii
Acknowledgments
xix

Chapter 9 Bonus Round More Projects
229
Chapter 10 Bonus Round Upgrades
259

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