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ISBN-13: 978-1457182938 ISBN-10: 1457182939 Edition: 1st
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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (December 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1457182939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1457182938
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,648 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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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Knippen on 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 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dale Rogers on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By a sue da men on July 29, 2014
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Good introduction to 3D printing, you could find most of this information on the web and I knew that before I purchased. However I wanted everything in one easy place to research. If you're new to 3d printing this is a good place to start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robo Kindle on June 8, 2014
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Covers all the basics, from hardware, software, to materials, and more. Just the book to get one into the topic of 3D printing.

I like that it presents the use of actual (free) software, instead of rambling generally about theoretical software.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Gambill on October 30, 2014
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Good book for an introduction to 3D printing. This book is loaded with resources (mostly web sites) for advancing your hobby and turning your prototypes into finished products as well as other 3D printer subjects.
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By Christopher A. Munoz on February 4, 2014
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Excellent source for information on 3D printing. Gives good sense of where to
go for enhancement of information. The
3D printer reviews help with determine
which machine is best for you.
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Exciting introduction to the world of 3d printing. Tons of great references and information. Must buy for anyone looking to get into 3d printing and unleash their creativity.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By albert gomezplata on February 6, 2014
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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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