3D Printing For Dummies

3D Printing For Dummies

Kalani Kirk Hausman, Richard Horne

Language: English

Pages: 384

ISBN: 1118660757

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Get started printing out 3D objects quickly and inexpensively!

3D printing is no longer just a figment of your imagination. This remarkable technology is coming to the masses with the growing availability of 3D printers. 3D printers create 3-dimensional layered models and they allow users to create prototypes that use multiple materials and colors.  This friendly-but-straightforward guide examines each type of 3D printing technology available today and gives artists, entrepreneurs, engineers, and hobbyists insight into the amazing things 3D printing has to offer. You’ll discover methods for the creation of 3D printable objects using software, 3D scanners, and even photographs with the help of this timely For Dummies  guide.

  • Includes information on stereolithography, selective sintering, fused deposition, and granular binding techniques
  • Covers the potential for the transformation of production and manufacturing, reuse and recycling, intellectual property design controls, and the commoditization of traditional products from magazines to material goods
  • Walks you through the process of creating a RepRap printer using open-source designs, software, and hardware
  • Addresses the limitations of current 3D printing technologies and provides strategies for improved success

3D Printing For Dummies is the must-have guide to make manufacturing your own dynamic designs a dream come true!

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quality among vendors of generic filament. We discuss these issues more thoroughly later in the book, when we show you how to build your own 3D printer. Recognizing Specialized Forms of Additive Manufacturing In addition to thermoplastic, printers can also extrude other materials in melted, gel, or semi-liquid states to fabricate a wide range of amazing objects from highly-detailed wax jewelry models for lost-wax casting (where dissolvable master objects are embedded in clay and hot metal is

Figure 5-2: An example of Makerbot’s ThingiVerse community repository. Designing in the Computer Until a few years ago, designing 3D models involved computer-aided drafting (CAD) software (such as Autodesk Revit, shown in Figure 5-3) that required powerful computers and expensive specialized software. For years, CAD was well beyond the capabilities of most people outside of a dedicated group of specialists. Additive manufacturing allows the creation of complex internal structures rather than

country where labor is less expensive. Additive manufacturing is an early example of the potential for transformative business evolution beyond traditional mass manufacturing. Understandably, this potential is creating some concern in countries whose major export is cheap labor for making bulk goods. We discuss the potential for 3D printing to revolutionize manufacturing as an element of the “Third Industrial Revolution” in greater detail in Chapter 7. Chapter 6: Commoditizing 3D Printing

fabrication have expired, but patents on fundamental sintering systems expire in 2014. The expected result is many new opportunities in consumer-level 3D printers — and considerable current research is trying to prepare for that time. An early example of the expected struggle over intellectual property is the 3D Systems legal challenge to the FormLabs release of the Form1 SLA printer — a function similar to a derivative patent still held by 3D Systems. One difficulty for many innovators in 3D

make use of this exciting technology in both home and small business settings. ✓ Review the considerations you should make before deciding on a 3D printer, whether you plan to simply purchase one or decide to forge ahead and build one of your own. ✓ Take a look at the different types of coordinate systems in available 3D printers. Chapter 9 Exploring 3D-Printed Artwork In This Chapter ▶ Adorning the body ▶ Personalizing our environment ▶ Returning to personal creation

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