Getting Started with MakerBot
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Released: December 2012
Pages: 228

Ready to join the personal fabrication movement? This hands-on book shows you how to make a wide variety of physical objects with the amazing MakerBot 3D printer.

It’s handy when you need a replacement for something lost, broken, or no longer made—like a knob on your stove. You can make things instead of buying them, or solve problems with inventions of your own. The possibilities are endless, and MakerBot is the fun, affordable, and inspiring way to go. Get started with your own little factory today!

  • Set up your MakerBot Replicator 2 and understand how it works
  • Learn the basics and print 10 useful objects right away
  • Make objects with sturdy yet biodegradable PLA
  • Get examples of real-world problem solving, from ceiling hooks to hermit crab shells
  • Choose from thousands of free designs on Thingiverse.com—and share your own
  • Repurpose disposable products by making them part of your design
  • Design your own 3D objects, using SketchUp, Autodesk 123D, OpenSCAD, and other tools
  • Use 3D scanning technology to replicate real objects around you
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    4.0

    Great for Beginners

    By miked

    from Toronto

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    Cons

    • Too basic

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    Comments about oreilly Getting Started with MakerBot:

    It has a lot of useful information for beginners, including data creation tips/ examples.

    I had hoped that there would be more detailed troubleshooting info specific to the Replicator 2.

     
    5.0

    Great book for all 3d printer owners!

    By Cevinius

    from Melbourne, Australia

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      Comments about oreilly Getting Started with MakerBot:

      It was a great resource for when I started 3d printing. My printer is not a Makerbot, but I still got a lot of useful and applicable information from this book.

       
      4.0

      Good introductory book

      By tdubya

      from Jefferson City, MO

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        Comments about oreilly Getting Started with MakerBot:

        Lots of tips on use of product and how to generate 3D models for your projects. Highly recommended.

         
        4.0

        Excellent book on starting off with Make

        By Giri

        from San Jose

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        Comments about oreilly Getting Started with MakerBot:

        Very well written book with lots a good examples.

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        4.0

        Good for Replicator 2 & General Overview

        By hfb

        from Nashua, NH

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          Comments about oreilly Getting Started with MakerBot:

          I just read the Make magazine about issue about 3D printing and the comparisons of hobby grade printers and decided I had to find out the details of at least one and this book was a good way to delve into it.
          One problem or advantage of this particular 3D printer (MakerBot Replicator 2) is that it isn't closed source so if you want to make modifications to it to make it bigger or optimize the programming, you won't be able to. However, because it's closed source, that leaves all the major tuning work for the manufacturer so you get a more straight out of the box and up and running experience with it. Pick your poison.
          Most of this book is dedicated towards the basics about 3D printing and what it's about and then setup and using the Replicator 2. Since I still don't know which one I plan on getting, I couldn't really validate these sections but all the instructions made it pretty simple to get up and running with the printer so I think that makes it worth having if you already have this particular printer and need help with it. Otherwise, this book may be too simple for you.
          What I found useful for anyone that doesn't have a printer yet and wants to learn more is chapters 8 and 9. They go over the software you can use to make 3D models and things you need to take into consideration. Good stuff there. But then they go into details about how to use currently 3D scanners like the XBox Kinect and the Asus Xtion to get 3D models you can use to make something. That is worth knowing and made this book worth reading.
          Overall, I would recommend this is you are planning on purchasing the Replicator 2 and don't have any experience with 3D printing. If not, you can find the information in chapters 8 and 9 elsewhere so it may not be worth it but going through it nonetheless is still a very good idea.

          Disclaimer: This book was received as part of the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program. All comments represent my thoughts and opinions.

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