Mastering 3D Printing

  • 3h 52m
  • Joan Horvath
  • Apress
  • 2014

Mastering 3D Printing shows you how to get the most out of your printer, including how to design models, choose materials, work with different printers, and integrate 3D printing with traditional prototyping to make techniques like sand casting more efficient.

You've printed key chains. You've printed simple toys. Now you're ready to innovate with your 3D printer to start a business or teach and inspire others.

Joan Horvath has been an educator, engineer, author, and startup 3D printing company team member. She shows you all of the technical details you need to know to go beyond simple model printing to make your 3D printer work for you as a prototyping device, a teaching tool, or a business machine.

What you’ll learn

  • The history of 3D printers and the differences between them
  • Why open source is important in 3D printing
  • How to create models and use G-code with your printer
  • How to make a challenging print work well
  • How to choose and print with different materials
  • How to integrate 3D printing into traditional prototyping processes

Who this book is for

This book is for new 3D printer owners, makers of all kinds, entrepreneurs, technology educators, and anyone curious about what you can do with a 3D printer.

About the Author

Ms. Horvath is an advisor to Deezmaker 3D printing in Pasadena. She also has an appointment as Core Adjunct faculty for National University's College of Letters and Sciences. She has taught at the university level in a variety of institutions both in Southern California and online. Prior to that, she spent sixteen years at the NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she worked in programs including the technology transfer office, the Magellan spacecraft to Venus and the TOPEX/Poseidon oceanography spacecraft. She holds an undergraduate degree from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and an engineering Master's degree from UCLA.

In this Book

  • A Brief History of 3D Printing
  • The Desktop 3D Printer
  • Open Source
  • Making a 3D Model
  • Slicing a 3D Model
  • Driving Your Printer: G-code
  • Material Considerations
  • Case Studies
  • Moving to Metal
  • Large Prints and Post-Processing
  • Troubleshooting
  • Printers in the Classroom
  • Scientific Visualization
  • Futures