3D Printing For Dummies
By Kalani Kirk Hausman, Richard Horne
Publisher: Wiley / For Dummies
Released: January 2014
Pages: 384

Learn to:

  • Use 3D printing software, hardware, and tools
  • Work with the different types of 3D printing processes and services
  • Follow best practices for 3D printing
  • Create your own RepRap 3D printer

3D printing power to the people! Bring your designs to life with this For Dummies guide

Straight from science fiction to your living room! 3D printing is here, and this friendly guide cuts through the technical jargon to show you how 3D printing works, what it can (and can't) do, some great resources, how 3D printing can be used in business, and cool things you can make yourself, even your own RepRap 3D printer!

  • Amazing advantages — learn about the efficiencies of scale, personalization options, and green aspects of additive manufacturing
  • It's been done — see how 3D printers are already producing prototypes of medical implants, personalized prosthetics, jewelry, and furniture
  • The right tool for the job — find out what types of printers are needed for different materials
  • What's online — discover sites where you can acquire open source tools for 3D object models
  • It's just business — look at the industries being created by the advances in 3D printing, and some that will have to adapt
  • Check 'em out — review various consumer-level 3D printers
  • Rappin' about RepRap — get a list of components, materials, and software you need to build your own RepRap printer, with step-by-step instructions

Open the book and find:

  • Opportunities that 3D printing presents
  • A comparison of traditional and additive manufacturing
  • The different types of 3D printing
  • A few limitations of current technology
  • What 3D printing can mean to medicine
  • Materials used in rapid prototyping
  • Sources for CAD software and 3D scanners
  • Some ethical issues about 3D printing
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