Idiot's Guides: 3D Printing, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615647465
  • ISBN-13: 9781615647460
  • DDC: 681.62
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 320 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released June 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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3D printing is a nothing short of revolutionary. There may be no other technology that enables the at-home inventor or artist to design, create, and "print" their own parts, artwork, or whatever else can be imagined. Idiot's Guides: 3D Printing takes the true beginner through all of the steps necessary to design and build their own 3D printer and design and print whatever their imagination can conjure up (even another 3D printer). Readers will learn all of the essential basics of 3D printing including materials, parts, software, modeling, basic design, and finishing, and then teach them to take their new skills to the next level to print some simple, fun projects. For readers not interested in building their own 3D printer, there are tips and advice for buying a manufactured printer, buying materials, finding plans and projects online, and much, much more.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Publisher Note.
Title Page.
Dedication Page.
Copyright Page.
1: What is 3D Printing?.
2: The Goal of 3D Printing.
3: The History and Future of 3D Printing.
4: Manufacturing with 3D Printers and CNC Mills.
5: Types of 3D Printers.
6: All about the Hardware.
7: The Frame.
8: Movement Components.
9: The Extruder.
10: The Build Platform.
11: Control Components.
12: Choosing a 3D Printer.
13: Setting Up and Printing.
14: Software Setup and Printer Control.
15: Leveling the Bed and Adjusting the Z Height.
16: Slicing and Printing.
17: Troubleshooting Your Prints.
18: Carabiner.
19: Pencil Holder.
20: Robot.
21: Storage Box with Drawers.
22: 3D Modeling.
23: Introduction to CAD.
24: Modeling Techniques and Best Practices.
25: Practical Reverse Engineering.
26: Monogrammed Coaster.
27: Custom Storage Drawer.
28: Dust Collector.
29: Reverse Engineering a Useful Part.
30: Advanced Usage and Techniques.
31: Printing with Other Materials.
32: Modifying Your Printer.
Appendixes A: Glossary.
Appendixes B: Resources.
Appendixes C: Further Uses of 3D Printing.
About the Author.