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Printing in Plastic: Build Your Own 3D Printer (Technology in Action) 2011th Edition
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Before you buy this book, I strongly suggest going to the author's website at buildyourtools dot com. Download all the plans, watch all the videos, then decide if you need the book.
If the website ever goes down or the author decides not to support this book, you'll be out of luck. So if you buy this book, I'd download all the files related to it and burn them on a CD or put them on a flash drive to keep with the book.
The main component, the plastic feed head, is an amalgam of DIY and parts from Makerbot's 3D printer. No instructions are given on building the melt head itself. You could go buy that and add it to just about any CNC mill to build a 3D printer. There are a lot of open source projects out there.
The goal is laudable - DIY something cheaper than the existing kits out there now. I just think the book could have been better thought out.
FYI- while I'm writing this review, I find the author's website, buildyourtools(dot)com, is currently unavailable. Only a temporary thing, but as an owner of this book that makes me nervous.
Update: After a lot more reading and thinking about it, I've decided to return the book. I've never returned a book before, but the lack of plans in the book and the lack of dimensions on the downloadable plans really bothers me. It feels like half of a book.
I was very impressed with the book. Also the full sized plans can be downloaded, and the assembly videos are available, as well.
- It's a book about making a 3D plastic printer
- It's filled with mostly outdated info. Currently there are much better looking and better functioning models on the market, like the prusa mendel.
- it's not much teaching about printing plastic, just about making the device; which is great for engineers, but not for the average hobbyist searching for a new hobby.
- Pretty complex stuff
-It's quite an expensive book!
- Less than 10% is about the software.
A great book for the engineer trying to make his first 3d plastic printer, but not good for the average hobbyist searching for a new hobby.
This overpriced book is filled with outdated info, which you probably could get for free browsing around websites of prusa.
A great book perhaps 5 years ago, but today I would not recommend anyone buying this book (right price should be in the $15-range)!
I would suggest this book to anyone who has been fascinated or is assenbling the similar Makerbot and Reprap products having this additional information and illustration is invaluable to any interested in Plastic Prototyping.
--Ira Laefsky, MSE/MBA
IT Consultant & Researcher retired from the Senior Consulting Staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc. & DIGITAL Equipment Corporation
I am not opposed using wood (plywood) for some of the parts, you can get many parts off the shelf that would make this easier. Then tells you to buy parts for other 3d kits... ok....
I like the standard work of assembly, but was a little over done in the book. I guess that is what made the book.
A search engine can find your answers for free or better looking units or kits.
If you want spend a lot of time laying out and crafting complicated wood shapes then, go for it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A little behind current tech but still full of valuable information and plans that can be used to build a full sized 3d printer from scratch easily.Published 16 months ago by Marvin Bundren
This book is useful only if you wish to buy their kit and build the 3D printer. However, they rely on Makerbot extruders and controllers, which are not offered new any longer.Published 18 months ago by msteind
Awesome book! bought all the stuff and am building one right now.Published on July 7, 2014 by nathan burns
I built one and made it work, but the extruder is all wrong and the z axis has way too much mass to be usable at anything but very slow speed. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by donnier
I'd call this book and the printer you build from it a joke, but I have too much respect for comedians. Read morePublished on November 2, 2013 by George S VanWinkle