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Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing 1st Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1449357375
ISBN-10: 1449357377
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The team behind MAKE magazine is also responsible for Maker Faire, the Makezine blog, the Maker Shed store, Make: Projects and Make: Books. MAKE is focused on uniting, inspiring, informing and entertaining a global community of people who pursue DIY projects on their own time.

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Product Details

  • Series: Make
  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (December 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449357377
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449357375
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I already own and use 2 3D printers, but in this rapidly changing field, this guide is still a great help in choosing my next one. Also very informative relative to other aspects of 3D technology, e.g., printing services, 3D image capture (scanning, photograpic model reconstruction and 3D modeling software.

I would have liked to had a large, fold-out table summarizing the objective and subjective properties of all the printers evaluated.

If you are thinking of getting into 3D printing and related technologies, this is a must-read, but it will be obsolete in 12 months.
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Like many tech-minded folks, we have begun to drool and dream over the thought of printing solid objects. For me, the appeal is getting my hands on new hardware and figuring it out. For my spouse, it's about what type of objects can be printed, and how to translate real-world objects like a ballet-dancer statue or a photo of a perfect flower into a 3-D printer model. This guide answered both our needs with reviews of hardware in depth, lots of examples of model-making and descriptions of how this new field is growing.

What it is not: A step-by-step guide to making a 3-D object using a specific printer. But that's OK, because all we wanted at this point was help deciding whether 3-D printing was even something we wanted to try.

The guide is formatted like a magazine (and looks like one, somewhat), but is well-organized to provide the information you're seeking when you are contemplating which 3-D printer to buy, or looking for a printer that supports your desired material.

Did you know, by the way, that there is a 3-D printer for candy? I do, now.
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Loved this Guide. Great introduction to 3D Printers. Unique in its field (maybe still, although it's been out a while).

But I'm discouraged with the idea of buying a 3D Printer. I've done a lot of research. Read a fair amount. Even went to New York for an expensive symposium. But there are some glaring conclusions I came up with:
1) Most printers do not perform as advertised.
2) There is a lot of tweaking and maintenance required.
3) Although there are a lot of free designs to download and print -- this novelty wears off quickly.
4) You really will not be able to reproduce that broken toy for your kid -- unless you learn at least one of the CAD programs, which will be required to do so.
5) Unfortunately, in this day and age, my life is too full with normal issues to be able to devote full efforts just in keeping one of these printers operational.

Read through the websites and User / Owner Forums BEFORE rushing out to buy one of these. Decide if you really have the time. Cool? Heck, YEAH!! Practical? Uh... not yet.

But THIS is a great Guide to pique your interest!
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With the advent of affordable 3d Printers I was trying to find a way to compare the available printers without buying one of each. This gave me a good unbiased review of the printers available and made my decision a lot easier. It is my belief that these will be in 30% of all household before the end of the decade.
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I am planing on buying a 3D printer. This was recommended to me from a museum professional that works with 3D printers. I learned a lot and was made aware of many options and choices that I was previously unaware of. All in all this was a great buy and can potentially help you get the best printer for you. I will cut to the punchline in that there was no clear superior winner, so if you want to know whats the best one, you will have to read the issue and decide for yourself!
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3D printing has captivated the imagination. Oh what one can do with these marvelous machines. I must say, however, that this "book" was not worth the price. Amazon has a lot of other good books--like Fabrication--that will give you much more information and stir your imagination.
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Theres not a lot of technique explained here, just a summary of available machines and a broad overview. Still worth reading
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Book looks fantastic. Ordered it and a similar title. Got the other, never got this one though. I order hundreds of itmes a year from Amazon, gotta expect an error once in a while.
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