Getting Started with MakerBot

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", 2012 - Computers - 213 pages

Ready to join the personal fabrication movement? This hands-on book shows you how to make a wide variety of physical objects with the amazing MakerBot 3D printer.

It's handy when you need a replacement for something lost, broken, or no longer made--like a knob on your stove. You can make things instead of buying them, or solve problems with inventions of your own. The possibilities are endless, and MakerBot is the fun, affordable, and inspiring way to go. Get started with your own little factory today!

  • Set up your MakerBot Replicator 2 and understand how it works
  • Learn the basics and print 10 useful objects right away
  • Make objects with sturdy yet biodegradable PLA
  • Get examples of real-world problem solving, from ceiling hooks to hermit crab shells
  • Choose from thousands of free designs on share your own
  • Repurpose disposable products by making them part of your design
  • Design your own 3D objects, using SketchUp, Autodesk 123D, OpenSCAD, and other tools
  • Use 3D scanning technology to replicate real objects around you

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Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The House That MakerBot Built
Chapter 3 Growing Up with MakerBot
Chapter 4 Before You Get a MakerBot
Chapter 5 Meet the MakerBot Replicator 2
Chapter 6 Getting Started Printing
Chapter 7 Your First 10 Things to MakerBot
Chapter 8 Designing for the MakerBot
Chapter 9 Scanning in 3D
Chapter 10 Becoming Part of the Thingiverse Community
Appendix A Suggested Reading and Resources
Appendix B Glossary
Appendix C OpenSCAD
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Bre Pettis is a founder of Makerbot, a company that produces robots that make things. Bre is also a founder of NYCResistor, a hacker collective in Brooklyn. Besides being a TV host and Video Podcast producer, he's created new media for, hosted Make: Magazine's Weekend Projects podcast, and has been a schoolteacher, artist, and puppeteer. Bre is passionate about invention, innovation, and all things DIY.

Anna Kaziunas France is the Digital Fabrication Editor of Maker Media and the Dean of Students for the Fab Academy program. Formerly she taught the "How to Make (Almost) Anything" rapid prototyping course in digital fabrication at the Providence Fab Academy (at AS220). She is also the co-author of Getting Started with MakerBot and she compiled the Make: 3D Printing book. She loves Providence, Rhode Island and is in the process of scanning and printing it.

Jay Shergill (MakerBlock) is a blogger, maker, and tinkerer who explores 3D printing and design. He's shared his 3D printing knowledge on his own blog, and also posts regularly on the MakerBot blog.

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