3D Printing For Dummies

  • 5h 16m
  • Kalani Kirk Hausman, Richard Horne
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2013

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!

About the Authors

Kalani Kirk Hausman has spent more than 20 years as an IT consultant, enterprise architect, auditor, and ISO. He currently conducts research on integrating 3D printed materials into educational curricula at Texas A&M University.

Richard Horne (RichRap) has two decades of experience in the electronics industry as an engineer, marketer, and product designer. In his work with the RepRap project, he blogs and shares ideas to make 3D printing easier for everyone to understand.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • Seeing How 3D Printers Fit into Modern Manufacturing
  • Exploring the Types of 3D Printing
  • Exploring Applications of 3D Printing
  • Identifying Available Materials for 3D Printing
  • Identifying Sources for 3D-Printable Objects
  • Commoditizing 3D Printing
  • Understanding 3D Printing's Effect on Traditional Lines of Business
  • Reviewing 3D Printing Research
  • Exploring 3D-Printed Artwork
  • Considering Consumer-Level 3D Printers
  • Deciding on a RepRap of Your Own
  • Assembling Structural Elements
  • Understanding RepRap Control Electronics
  • Assembling the RepRap Extruder and Upgrading RepRap
  • Identifying Software and Calibrating Your 3D Printer
  • Ten Ways That Rapid Prototyping Will Disrupt Traditional Manufacturing
  • Ten Examples of Direct-Digital Manufacturing and Personalization
  • Ten Impossible Designs Created Using Additive Manufacturing