Printing in Plastic: Build Your Own 3D Printer (Technology in Action)

Printing in Plastic: Build Your Own 3D Printer is your gateway into the exciting world of personal fabrication. The “printer” that you’ll build from this book is a personal fabricator capable of creating small parts and other objects from drops of molten plastic. Design a part using a modeling tool such as Google SketchUp. Then, watch while the fabricator head sweeps back and forth and upwards, depositing plastic in all the right places. You can build anything from a replacement tab to hold a bookshelf in place, to a small art project, to a bashguard for your bicycle. If you can conceive it and design it, you can build it, and you’ll have fun doing it!

Printing in Plastic is aimed at creative people comfortable using power tools such as a table saw, circular saw, and drill press. Authors James Kelly and Patrick Hood-Daniel lead you through building a personal fabrication machine based upon a set of blueprints downloaded from their website. Example projects get you started in designing and fabricating your own parts. Bring your handyman skills, and apply patience during the build process. You too can be the proud owner of a personal fabricator—a three-dimensional printer.

  • Leads you through building a personal fabrication machine capable of creating small parts and objects from plastic
  • Provides example projects to get you started on the road to designing and fabricating your own parts
  • Provides an excellent parent/child, or small group project

What you’ll learn

  • How to assemble your own 3D printer
  • The ins and outs of design software
  • How to design and produce three-dimensional parts made from plastic
  • How to replace small plastic parts in household objects
  • How to create art objects

Who this book is for

Printing in Plastic is aimed at creative people comfortable using power tools, such as a table saw, circular saw, drill press, and so forth. The book is aimed at those who want to create and fabricate tangible objects from plastic. Crafters, carpenters, electronics hobbyists, and others comfortable working with their hands will find the instructions easy to follow and the projects rewarding.

Table of Contents

  1. What to Expect
  2. Hardware and Tools
  3. Tips & Advice
  4. Cutting the Parts I
  5. Cutting the Parts II
  6. Advanced Cuts and Drilling I
  7. Advanced Cuts and Drilling II
  8. Advanced Cuts and Drilling III
  9. Advanced Cuts and Drilling IV
  10. Beginning Assembly
  11. Sub-Assembly Work
  12. Adding Structure
  13. Motors and Movement
  14. The Extruder
  15. The Filament Feeding Mechanism
  16. Mounting Electronics
  17. Final Assembly Check
  18. Software I
  19. Software II
  20. Trial Run I
  21. Trial Run II
  22. Self-Replication
  23. Troubleshooting

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Beginning Google Sketchup for 3D Printing (Expert’s Voice in 3D Printing)

The age of 3D printing and personal fabrication is upon us! You’ve probably heard of the incredibly sophisticated, yet inexpensive 3D printers that can produce almost any creation you give them. But how do you become part of that revolution?

Sandeep Singh takes you through the skills you need to learn and the services and technologies you need to know—explaining what 3D printing is, how it works, and what it can do for you. You’ll find yourself rapidly prototyping and learning to produce complex designs that can be fabricated by online 3D printing services or privately-owned 3D printers—in your hands in no time.

Beginning Google SketchUp for 3D Printing starts by explaining how to use SketchUp and its plug-ins to make your design products. You will learn how to present and animate 3D models, and how to use Google Earth and 3D Warehouse to sell and market your 3D models. You’ll also catch a glimpse of the 3D printing’s future so you can plan ahead while mastering today’s tools.

Beginning Google SketchUp for 3D Printing is the perfect book for 3D designers, hobbyists, woodworkers, craftspeople, and artists interested in the following:

  • Designing in 3D using SketchUp
  • Using the online 3D printing pipeline
  • Animating SketchUp 3D models
  • Becoming familiar with rapid prototyping technology
  • Navigating new 3D and personal fabrication technologies 
  • Working with Google Earth and 3D Warehouse with confidence

    Welcome to the era of 3D printing and personal fabrication!

    What you’ll learn

    • 3D design for beginners
    • Using Sketchup
    • Using the online 3D printing pipeline
    • Animating Sketchup 3D models
    • Becoming familiar with rapid prototyping technology
    • Navigating new 3D and personal fabrication technologies
    • Negotiating Google Earth and 3D Warehouse with confidence

    Who this book is for

    3D designers, hobbyists, woodworkers, craftspeople and artists.

    Table of Contents

    1. The Ins and Outs of Google SketchUp and Shapeways
    2. First 3D Printout
    3. Getting Your Juices Flowing
    4. 3D Model to 3D Print
    5. Tools and Techniques to Save Time
    6. Breaking the Barrier
    7. Modeling with Photographs
    8. Working with Symmetry
    9. Share with the World
    10. Animate with SketchyPhysics
    11. Using LayOut
    12. Exploring 3D Printing Alternatives
    13. Get Connected

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    Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

    Wired magazine editor and bestselling author Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop.  In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing.  A generation of “Makers” using the Web’s innovation model will help drive the next big wave in the global economy, as the new technologies of digital design and rapid prototyping gives everyone the power to invent — creating “the long tail of things”.

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