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.
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
3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three dimensional object is created by laying down successive layers of material. 3D printers are generally faster, more affordable and easier to use than other additive manufacturing technologies. 3D printers offer product developers the ability to print parts and assemblies made of several materials with different mechanical and physical properties in a single build process. Advanced 3D printing technologies yield models that closely emulate the look, feel and functionality of product prototypes.
A 3D printer works by taking a 3D computer file and using and making a series of cross-sectional slices. Each slice is then printed one on top of the other to create the 3D object.
Since 2003 there has been large growth in the sale of 3D printers. Additionally, the cost of 3D printers has declined. The technology also finds use in the jewellery, footwear, industrial design, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries.
This book is your ultimate resource for 3D Printing. Here you will find the most up-to-date information, analysis, background and everything you need to know.
In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about 3D Printing right away, covering: 3D printing, Pad printing, Lenticular printing, History of printing, Woodblock printing, Movable type, Printing press, Etching, Mezzotint, Aquatint, Lithography, Chromolithography, Rotary printing press, Offset printing, Hot metal typesetting, Screen printing, Dye-sublimation printer, Phototypesetting, Dot matrix printer, Laser printer, Thermal printer, Inkjet printer, Stereolithography, Digital printing, Additive manufacturing, Three-dimensional space, Prototype, 3D scanner, Rapid prototyping, Selective laser sintering, Fused deposition modeling, Economies of scale, Global spread of the printing press, Digital Light Processing, Stratasys, Sintering, Direct metal laser sintering, 3D microfabrication, Two-photon absorption, Nonlinear optics, Dots per inch, MeshLab, 3D modeling, RepRap Project, Direct digital manufacturing, Digital fabricator, Self-replicating machine, Solid freeform fabrication, Planographic printing, Relief print, D-Shape, Decorative laminate, Dimension (company), Laser engraving, Mimeo.com Inc., Ozalid process, Photogravure, Photozincography, Reprography, Split-fount Inking, Stochastic screening, Surface printing, Thermal transfer.
This book explains in-depth the real drivers and workings of 3D Printing. It reduces the risk of your technology, time and resources investment decisions by enabling you to compare your understanding of 3D Printing with the objectivity of experienced professionals.