Practical 3D Printers: The Science and Art of 3D Printing

Desktop or DIY 3D printers are devices you can either buy preassembled as a kit, or build from a collection of parts to design and print physical objects including replacement household parts, custom toys, and even art, science, or engineering projects. Maybe you have one, or maybe you’re thinking about buying or building one. 

Practical 3D Printers takes you beyond how to build a 3D printer, to calibrating, customizing, and creating amazing models, including 3D printed text, a warship model, a robot platform, windup toys, and arcade-inspired alien invaders. You’ll learn about the different types of personal 3D printers and how they work; from the MakerBot to the RepRap printers like the Huxley and Mendel, as well as the whiteAnt CNC featured in the Apress book Printing in Plastic.

You’ll discover how easy it is to find and design 3D models using web-based 3D modeling, and even how to create a 3D model from a 2D image. After learning the basics, this book will walk you through building multi-part models with a steampunk warship project, working with meshes to build your own action heroes, and creating an autonomous robot chassis. Finally, you’ll find even more bonus projects to build, including wind-up walkers, faceted vases for the home, and a handful of useful upgrades to modify and improve your 3D printer.

What you’ll learn

  • The various types of 3D printers, what they have in common, and what sets each one apart
  • The printer toolchain, including controllers and printer interfaces
  • The art of calibrating your printer
  • How to find and create 3D models to print, including using Google Sketchup
  • How to create multipart models and meshes
  • How to upgrade both the mechanical and electronic parts in your printer

Who this book is for

Electronics enthusiasts, tinkerers, artists, and everyone who wants to use their 3D printer to do more than make more 3D printers.

Table of Contents

Ch. 1: A World of 3D Printers

Ch. 2: 3D Printer Toolchain

Ch. 3: Calibrating Your Printer

Ch. 4: 3D Models From The Cloud

Ch. 5: 3D Haiku

Ch. 6: Steampunk Warship

Ch. 7: Action Hero Mashups

Ch. 8: Mini Sumo Projetcs

Ch. 9: Bonus Round 1: More Projects

Ch. 10: Bonus Round 2: Upgrades

Appendix A: Printing Tips

Appendix B: Resources

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3 thoughts on “Practical 3D Printers: The Science and Art of 3D Printing”

  1. Best Hobbyist 3D Printing Book Available This is a “No Fluff” book full of first hand experience. I own the Makergear Mosaic M1 pictured on the front, and examples using the printer are throughout the book. I also own a Makerbot Thing-o-matic, and a RepRap Prusa which is also covered quite well in the book. There are a few things that aren’t exactly right, but Cartesian printers and CNC in general can be exacting and complicated so there’s no real faulting him for being a bit off.He covers many of the new technology like Slic3r and Printrbot. I’ve read about half the book now and I’m quite pleased at the detail and currency of the book.This is the best hobbyist 3D printing book available and will be a great place to start for many years.

  2. Very poor quality images For the price of this book the graphics look like they were printed on a 1980 dot-matrix printer. I have seen the .PDF version of this book and the graphics are clear and in color. The printed version is of the lowest quality however.

  3. Get this book! Great for the first time 3D printer buyer. It explains the hardware and software tool chain is such a way that you have all the basic knowledge necessary to purchase a printer and start churning out prints. A must have!

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