3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Makers

Fully revised and with a new chapter and international case studies, this second edition of the best-selling book traces how artists and designers continue to adapt and incorporate 3D printing technology into their work and explains how the creative industries are directly interfacing with this new technology.

Covering a broad range of applied art practice – from fine art and furniture-design to film-making – Stephen Hoskins introduces some of his groundbreaking research from the Centre for Fine Print Research along with an updated history of 3D print technology, a new chapter on fashion and animation, and new case studies featuring artists working with metal, plastic, ceramic and other materials.

A fascinating investigation into how the applied arts continue to adapt to new technologies and a forecast of what developments we might expect in the future, this book is essential reading for students, researchers studying contemporary art and design and professionals involved in the creative industries.

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3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Makers: Technology Crossing Art and Industry

Rapidly gaining popular attention, 3D printing is viewed as the next life changing technology. This book explains how the creative industries are directly interfacing with this new technology and how it is changing the practices of many artists and designers across the globe. A selection of case studies of leading practitioners in their respective disciplines reveals this fascinating process in action.

The book also introduces the groundbreaking research by Stephen Hoskins and his 3D team at the Centre for Fine Print Research, world leaders in the development of techniques for 3D printing in ceramics, and includes a history of 3D printing, from its origins in aerospace to its current, diverse applications in bio-medics and Formula One racing, through to furniture design and jewellery.

A fascinating investigation into how the applied arts continue to adapt to new technologies, this book is for academics and 3D print users from both the arts and science backgrounds, as well as artists, designers, those in creative industries and anyone who has an interest in new technological developments.

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3D printing helps fine jewellery makers

Australian boutique jewellery manufacturers are using 3D printing to help create unique, high-end engagement and wedding rings.

Jewellery manufacturers who provide custom-made items have been in high demand over the past five years as high-income earners seek personalised jewellery.

Jewellers who provide an integrated service of designing, personalising and creating products that suit the customer’s tastes and budget have enjoyed strong growth, industry analyst IBISWorld says.

“That’s basically due to increased consumer demand for handmade unique products particularly for engagement rings and wedding rings,” IBISWorld analyst Nick Tarrant said.

That has been aided by 3D printing technology.

“It allows them to produce a prototype in a short time frame and they can mould it to their design. They can adapt and refine that easily for the customer.”

Mr Tarrant said a prototype of an engagement ring can be made quite quickly, although it is still costly technology.

IBISWorld estimates the jewellery manufacturing industry’s revenue has risen by an annualised 3.5 per cent over the five years through 2015/16 to $2.3 billion.

Mr Tarrant said industry players were looking to higher-margin, lower-volume fine jewellery rather than mass-produced products, as Australian manufacturers do not have the cost advantage of overseas firms.

“With a lot of manufacturing industries in Australia, they’re facing a lot of import competition from these low-cost overseas manufacturers in China and throughout Asia that have lower overheads and can mass produce products for much cheaper than they can in Australia.

“That’s particularly prevalent in the costume/fashion jewellery segment.”

Mr Tarrant said many costume jewellery manufacturers had left the industry over the past five years because of price pressures from low-cost overseas firms. He expects the trend will continue.

“I think, even with the low Australian dollar, the manufacturers of fashion/costume jewellery will continue to be under significant price pressure from firms from overseas.”

The depreciation of the Australian dollar from about 2013 has, however, boosted export sales and helped local firms fend off some of the intense competition from foreign manufacturers.

Mr Tarrant said exports, which account for nearly 80 per cent of overall industry revenue, have recorded almost seven per cent year-on-year growth over the past five years to reach $1.9 billion in 2015/16.

He said tariff reductions under the China-Australia free trade agreement will further boost exports, in particular of diamond-mounted fine jewellery.

IBISWorld has forecast Australian jewellery manufacturing industry revenue will increase at an annualised 2.2 per cent over the next five years to reach $2.6 billion.

Motors for Makers: A Guide to Steppers, Servos, and Other Electrical Machines

The First Maker-Friendly Guide to Electric Motors!

Makers can do amazing things with motors. Yes, they’re more complicated than some other circuit elements, but with this book, you can completely master them. Once you do, incredible new projects become possible.

Unlike other books, Motors for Makers is 100% focused on what you can do. Not theory. Making.

First, Matthew Scarpino explains how electric motors work and what you need to know about each major type: stepper, servo, induction, and linear motors. Next, he presents detailed instructions and working code for interfacing with and controlling servomotors with Arduino Mega, Raspberry Pi, and BeagleBone Black. All source code and design files are available for you to download from motorsformakers.com.

From start to finish, you’ll learn through practical examples, crystal-clear explanations, and photos. If you’ve ever dreamed of what you could do with electric motors, stop dreaming…and start making!

  • Understand why electric motors are so versatile and how they work
  • Choose the right motor for any project
  • Build the circuits needed to control each type of motor
  • Program motor control with Arduino Mega, Raspberry Pi, or BeagleBone Black
  • Use gearmotors to get the right amount of torque
  • Use linear motors to improve speed and precision
  • Design a fully functional electronic speed control (ESC) circuit
  • Design your own quadcopter
  • Discover how electric motors work in modern electric vehicles–with a fascinating inside look at Tesla’s patents for motor design and control!

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