Make: 3D Printing
The Essential Guide to 3D Printers
By Anna Kaziunas France
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Final Release Date: November 2013
Pages: 222

The 3D printing revolution is well upon us, with new machines appearing at an amazing rate. With the abundance of information and options out there, how are makers to choose the 3D printer that's right for them? MAKE is here to help, with our Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing. With articles about techniques, freely available CAD packages, and comparisons of printers that are on the market, this book makes it easy to understand this complex and constantly-shifting topic.

Based on articles and projects from MAKE's print and online publications, this book arms you with everything you need to know to understand the exciting but sometimes confusing world of 3D Printing.

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Pretty good primer

By dwardio

from Boulder, CO

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      Comments about oreilly Make: 3D Printing:

      The first few articles (Part 1) provide a good starting point to anyone curious about, or just getting started in 3D printing.

      However, Part 2 covers 3D scanning and should have been either spun off as it's own book or pushed to the back of the book. Yes, some printing is based on 3D scans, but scanning is not essential to printing.

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      I can recommend this book

      By Albert G.

      from Annapolis,Maryland

      Comments about oreilly Make: 3D Printing:

      At a recent 3-D printer demonstration, I realized that the time of 3-D home printing has arrived. This book was very timely. It provided me with a quick, but quite thorough, overview of the field.

      The book, within its 200 pages, covers how 3-D printers work, popular printers that are now available, and the software needed for a 3-D project. It also reviews 3-D scanning and how a scanner works, how to clean printed models, the different filament materials available, and printer services, Other more specific subjects include methods to finish 3-D objects, and alternate methods to create models.

      I can recommend this book to beginners, and also to non-beginners who can use the many references included. However since so many topics are covered, and the field is rapidly moving, it is hard to tell how up-to-date the individual material is. I believe this book, especially the Kindle edition, is well worth the price.

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      Good if you're new but outdated

      By Nerdy Dude

      from Hollis, NH

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      Comments about oreilly Make: 3D Printing:

      I received this book as part of the O'Reilly book review program and I have to say that this is a great book for anyone wanting to get in to 3D printing.
      This book was a bit different than what I initially thought it was. It's basically a collection of articles written by various people to address different aspects of 3D printing. Seeing this is from MAKE, I shouldn't have been surprised when their overview of potential printers for people were based on their printer review/shootout from last year, but it still surprised me to see that information in there because it's actually out of date. Yes, I know it takes time to put something together like this but there are better, cheaper printers out there now that should have been mentioned in that section, not 1-2 year old printers that have been discontinued or have seen further revisions for improvements. That was my biggest beef with this book. Not only that, if anyone wants to buy the book in the future, half of it will be outdated in a year if it's not already.
      While there are some shortcomings, there is a lot of good information for someone getting into 3D printing. I have my own printer and understand some of the basic points of 3D printing so I didn't need the earlier sections but it is quite good for giving overviews for software, plastic types, and basic techniques. I think using the Mac screenshots of Repetier-Host (RH) was a poor choice given RH for Mac lags behind the Windows version and is always outdated in terms of features and performance.
      I did enjoy some of the information regarding making models through CAD or by cameras/Kinect. Although far from a full tutorial, it gives you a really good idea of what you can do to make models.
      Overall, I wasn't a huge fan of the book for the reasons listed above but for anyone getting into 3D printing for the first time, it's a good read and will help you get through the process.

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