Getting Started with MakerBot

Ready to join the personal fabrication movement? This hands-on book shows you how to make a wide variety of physical objects with the amazing MakerBot 3D printer.

It’s handy when you need a replacement for something lost, broken, or no longer made—like a knob on your stove. You can make things instead of buying them, or solve problems with inventions of your own. The possibilities are endless, and MakerBot is the fun, affordable, and inspiring way to go. Get started with your own little factory today!

  • Set up your MakerBot Replicator 2 and understand how it works
  • Learn the basics and print 10 useful objects right away
  • Make objects with sturdy yet biodegradable PLA
  • Get examples of real-world problem solving, from ceiling hooks to hermit crab shells
  • Choose from thousands of free designs on Thingiverse.com—and share your own
  • Repurpose disposable products by making them part of your design
  • Design your own 3D objects, using SketchUp, Autodesk 123D, OpenSCAD, and other tools
  • Use 3D scanning technology to replicate real objects around you

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Getting Started with RepRap: 3D Printing on Your Desktop

This book provides an overview of RepRap, the 3D printer that’s the basis of nearly every inexpensive 3D printer on the market. You’ll learn what it can do, how to model objects, and how to print the best parts possible. This book is not a tutorial for building RepRap because it is such a fast-moving target that no book could possibly provide that. Instead, it teaches you what you need to know before you obtain a RepRap and what you need to know to get the most out of it.

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3D CAD with Autodesk 123D: Designing for 3D Printing, Laser Cutting, and Personal Fabrication

Design and create real-world objects with 3D printers, laser cutters, or common materials that you assemble yourself. It’s easy with Autodesk’s free 123D tools. In this full-color book, Jesse Harrington Au—Autodesk’s Maker Advocate—shows you how to design objects from scratch, work with existing models, or scan real-world objects.

You’ll learn how to use tools in the entire Autodesk 123D suite—including the 123D CAD program, 123D Catch, 123D Sculpt, and 123D Make—to design, sculpt, scan, and print 3D objects with an easy-to-learn CAD interface. It’s ideal for makers, hobbyists, students, artists, and designers, including beginners.

  • Jump right into the world personal fabrication without costly or complicated software tools
  • Create amazing 3D objects out of common materials, even if you don’t have a laser cutter or 3D printer
  • Make 3D scans of objects using an iPad or a camera
  • Get clear, full-color images of the 123D suite’s user interface, as well as views of 3D models

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