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3D Printing Insights from Author Carla Diana

• Interesting artifacts and textures sometimes emerge as a byproduct of the 3D printing process. The cover letters for LEO were the result of a "happy accident." A print of some standard extruded lettering was stopped halfway through, and the letterforms that emerged were more unique than what we had originally designed. People often ask us what typeface it is and we love describing how it was formed from a print that's halfway done.

• By printing a hollow piece and then pausing the printer halfway through, you can take advantage of "throw-ins" to give an object special properties. For example, magnets or metal parts can be thrown in to make your pieces stick together. In LEO, we used rice as a throw-in to make a shaker instrument.

• The 3D modeling software Rhino has a plugin for Python scripting that allows people to use code to generate forms based on algorithms. For example, the jewelry that the character Stephanie creates is based on mathematical spirals.

• It's fun to experiment with different polishes to change the surface of 3D-printed parts. Acetone (the same thing that's in nail polish remover) can be brushed on the surface of an ABS or PLA print to make it smooth and shiny.

• When 3D-printing food, it's important to design for two-and-a-half dimensions: This means a 3D object where higher layers do not hang above lower layers in the 3D print. This helps you avoid sagging.

About the Author

Carla Diana is a designer, author and artist who enjoys living as close to the near future as possible. In her studio she works on future-specting projects that bring robotics and sensor technologies to everyday life, creating smart objects that can charm and surprise. She has taught at several universities, including the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was creative director for the iconic humanoid robot, Simon. Carla is also a Fellow at the innovation design firm Smart Design where she oversees the Smart Interaction Lab. She writes and lectures extensively on the subject of creative technology, and her January 2013 New York Times Sunday Review article, “Talking, Walking Objects”, is a good representation of her view of our robotic future.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (December 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1457183145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1457183140
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.4 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Enjoyably reading, fun illustrations, good stories, clear explanations of "making," which I find fascinating. It's not just for children, by the way, adults can get plenty out of this too.
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Don't be misled by the average number of stars; it was lowered because of two complaints about formatting of the Kindle version.
Carla's book serves as my first, quick introduction to the emerging technology of 3D printing. Though the book's layout, art and storybook text are clearly aimed at readers in the 5-8 year age bracket, anyone reading this book can get a quick, cheerfully-expressed, and fun introduction to 3D printing by reading this book. I have personally watched the enthusiastic adoption of 3D printing by non-professionals while attending THE MAKER FAIRE over the past few years, and am sure this is a huge trend that is only in its infancy.
Carla Diana is multi-talented and her artwork, text and object design display her curiosity and sense of humor beautifully.
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Such a smart book and so forward-thinking. There are all kinds of ideas here to spark the imagination of a future engineer-type. My little guy loves it.
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The book has a cute story and is a good introduction to exploring the many ways in which 3D printers can be used. I have to disagree though with the 5-8 year old reading age for this book though. I would say it's probably more for a 7-10 year old if they are reading the book on their own, because of some of the vocabulary that is used. This book would be a good choice for a child who is interested in technology and creating new things.
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Fonts don't line up (overlapping lines), two-up pages are off by a page. Would love to see it updated, and take a second look.
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I ordered this for my grandson, but had it delivered to my house first. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Great for young kids to adults to explain the potential of 3D printing - in a very entertaining way. I just placed an order for a second book and plan on sending them to grandkids, along with a 'printed' lamb - which is prominently featured in the book.

I'm sure they will enjoy it.

The 3D model of the lamb is available on the internet in Thingiverse.
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The future of book's reading.
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This book is a fun and educational tour through the exciting world of 3D printing.

With a nod to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a tale about a girl becomes an exploration of many different types of 3D printing technologies and applications.

This is a great book for kids and adults who are fascinated by the wide open possibilities of 3D printing technologies.

I read it with my niece who is obsessed with 3D printing and we loved it.
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