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by Anna Kaziunas France
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Book Description

December 10, 2013 1457182939 978-1457182938 1

The 3D printing revolution is well upon us, with new machines appearing at an amazing rate. With the abundance of information and options out there, how are makers to choose the 3D printer that's right for them? MAKE is here to help, with our Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing. With articles about techniques, freely available CAD packages, and comparisons of printers that are on the market, this book makes it easy to understand this complex and constantly-shifting topic.

Based on articles and projects from MAKE's print and online publications, this book arms you with everything you need to know to understand the exciting but sometimes confusing world of 3D Printing.

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About the Author

Anna Kaziunas France teaches the "how to make (almost) anything" rapid prototyping course in digital fabrication at the Fab Academy at AS220. She is also the Dean of Students for the Global Fab Academy program. She wears many hats and has worked as an information architect, user experience designer, usability specialist, interaction designer, experimental fabricator, artist and teacher. She loves Providence, Rhode Island and is in the process of scanning and printing it.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (December 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1457182939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1457182938
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ton's of content, but already outdated. December 11, 2013
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Reading through this book, I was amazed at the amount of content that was in here, and most of the tutorials were great for someone new to 3D printing, but i'm willing to bet even some of the most experienced 3D printer people out there haven't tried all of the different things compiled in here.

Printer Reviews
If you are buying this book for printer reviews, you're much better off with the "Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing 2014". It has more printers, and is more up-to-date, even though it was available (for me, anyways) before this book. As an example, this book reviews the Felix 1.0 printer from Felix Printers, where the new guide reviews the 2.0. (and the 3.0 is already shipping, so not sure why they take so long to test) This was the same with the cube printers, and the MakerBot Replicator 2 vs the 2x.

Software Tutorials
If you want to learn 3D modeling, this guide offers a lot of options and even walks you through making a pencil topper in TinkerCAD. There was a bunch of information about slicer as well, which was informative about 3D printing, but the found it odd that a guide for complete beginners didn't even mention that this was not needed for someone using a MakerBot Replicator 2.

3D Scanning
Really enjoyed the scanning tutorial, but it was literally copied and pasted from the "Getting Started with Makerbot" book a year ago. The cleanup guide was actually stated in the first page that it was outdated and a new video was posted, but instead of updating the tutorial, it was the same one as in the old book. Also, it mentioned that Mac users have to use some type of Windows with ReconstructMe, and mentions nothing of the Skanect software, (released in January 2013) which is a decent Mac alternative.
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2.0 out of 5 stars 2.5 maybe 3 stars not enough detail... April 6, 2014
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While this book assimilates a lot of information into one place it lacks critical information that should be important to the reader, regardless of the audience Make is trying to reach. Take for example the comparison of the various 3D printers. Maker created three test vehicles, the Torture Test, a Snake and Nautalis Gears. I don't remember reading any results regarding the gears or snake and there were no details regarding the torture test.

We're all of the tests run the same way? Everything printed at .2mm? I was led to believe some prints were run at different layer thicknesses; or I read more into the review than I should have.

What about the price comparison among the printers? I think the price range of the machines tested ran from sub one thousand to more than 2 thousand US dollars. For comparison that would be nice to know.

The authors also alluded to speed but never let us know how fast or slow the prints compared.

The final critism I will mention is that there was no mention of building your own printer. This is after all a Make book; shouldn't it tell you something about making your own printer?

If you are looking for a very general look-see at 3d printers this book provides an acceptable overview, it will answer some basic questions you will have ( like how do I print my head and put it on a bobble had doll*)but it may leave you lacking detail about printing

(* ok! it doesn't exactly tell you how to print your head on a bobble head doll but does give you enough information to let you figure it out).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted this Compilation Exists March 15, 2014
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Worth every penny of the price! I think there is no better way of getting a great education in 3D printing and how to get started. I read a review where someone complained that the book was too basic and not quite up to date. The field of 3D printing is changing so quickly that it would be impossible to write or compile a book that is up to the minute. The book obviously addresses people who want to start 3D printing and those with a small bit of experience. I don't know why an advanced user would complain about it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I can recommend this book February 6, 2014
At a recent 3-D printer demonstration, I realized that the time of 3-D home printing has arrived. This book was very timely. It provided me with a quick, but quite thorough, overview of the field.

The book, within its 200 pages, covers how 3-D printers work, popular printers that are now available, and the software needed for a 3-D project. It also reviews 3-D scanning and how a scanner works, how to clean printed models, the different filament materials available, and printer services, Other more specific subjects include methods to finish 3-D objects, and alternate methods to create models.

I can recommend this book to beginners, and also to non-beginners who can use the many references included. However since so many topics are covered, and the field is rapidly moving, it is hard to tell how up-to-date the individual material is. I believe this book, especially the Kindle edition, is well worth the price.
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