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The book is written in a casual, conversational style. It is easily accessible to those who have no prior knowledge in 3D printing, yet the book's message is solidly practical, technically accurate, and consumer-relevant. The chapters include contemporary, real-life learning exercises and insights for how to buy, use and maintain 3D printers. It also covers free 3D modeling software, as well as 3D printing services for those who don't want to immediately invest in the purchase of a 3D printer. Particular focus is placed on free and paid resources, the various choices available in 3D printing, and tutorials and troubleshooting guides.

Table of Contents

  1. PREFACE
  2. TABLE OF CONTENTS (1/2)
  3. TABLE OF CONTENTS (2/2)
  4. FOREWORD (1/2)
  5. FOREWORD (2/2)
  6. PART I: APPLICATIONS OF 3D PRINTING
    1. CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION
    2. CHAPTER 2: 3D PRINTING AND THE MAKER MOVEMENT (1/2)
    3. CHAPTER 2: 3D PRINTING AND THE MAKER MOVEMENT (2/2)
    4. CHAPTER 3: HOW 3D PRINTING IS BEING USEDTODAY (1/4)
    5. CHAPTER 3: HOW 3D PRINTING IS BEING USEDTODAY (2/4)
    6. CHAPTER 3: HOW 3D PRINTING IS BEING USEDTODAY (3/4)
    7. CHAPTER 3: HOW 3D PRINTING IS BEING USEDTODAY (4/4)
  7. PART II: HARDWARE AND PRINTING CHOICES
    1. CHAPTER 4: UNDERSTANDING FDM PRINTERS
    2. CHAPTER 5: TIPS FOR SUCCESS IN FDM PRINTING AND VISUAL TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE (1/5)
    3. CHAPTER 5: TIPS FOR SUCCESS IN FDM PRINTING AND VISUAL TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE (2/5)
    4. CHAPTER 5: TIPS FOR SUCCESS IN FDM PRINTING AND VISUAL TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE (3/5)
    5. CHAPTER 5: TIPS FOR SUCCESS IN FDM PRINTING AND VISUAL TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE (4/5)
    6. CHAPTER 5: TIPS FOR SUCCESS IN FDM PRINTING AND VISUAL TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE (5/5)
    7. CHAPTER 6: UNDERSTANDING RESIN PRINTERS (1/4)
    8. CHAPTER 6: UNDERSTANDING RESIN PRINTERS (2/4)
    9. CHAPTER 6: UNDERSTANDING RESIN PRINTERS (3/4)
    10. CHAPTER 6: UNDERSTANDING RESIN PRINTERS (4/4)
    11. CHAPTER 7: OUTSOURCING VERSUS BUYING YOUR OWN 3DPRINTER (1/4)
    12. CHAPTER 7: OUTSOURCING VERSUS BUYING YOUR OWN 3DPRINTER (2/4)
    13. CHAPTER 7: OUTSOURCING VERSUS BUYING YOUR OWN 3DPRINTER (3/4)
    14. CHAPTER 7: OUTSOURCING VERSUS BUYING YOUR OWN 3DPRINTER (4/4)
    15. CHAPTER 8: OVERVIEW OF THE 3D PRINTING WORKFLOW (1/5)
    16. CHAPTER 8: OVERVIEW OF THE 3D PRINTING WORKFLOW (2/5)
    17. CHAPTER 8: OVERVIEW OF THE 3D PRINTING WORKFLOW (3/5)
    18. CHAPTER 8: OVERVIEW OF THE 3D PRINTING WORKFLOW (4/5)
    19. CHAPTER 8: OVERVIEW OF THE 3D PRINTING WORKFLOW (5/5)
  8. PART III: DIY TUTORIALS & CAD TROUBLESHOOTING
    1. CHAPTER 10: GETTING STARTED WITH TINKERCAD
    2. CHAPTER 11: GETTING STARTED WITH MESHMIXER (1/4)
    3. CHAPTER 11: GETTING STARTED WITH MESHMIXER (2/4)
    4. CHAPTER 11: GETTING STARTED WITH MESHMIXER (3/4)
    5. CHAPTER 11: GETTING STARTED WITH MESHMIXER (4/4)
    6. CHAPTER 12: GETTING STARTED WITH FUSION 360 (1/4)
    7. CHAPTER 12: GETTING STARTED WITH FUSION 360 (2/4)
    8. CHAPTER 12: GETTING STARTED WITH FUSION 360 (3/4)
    9. CHAPTER 12: GETTING STARTED WITH FUSION 360 (4/4)
    10. CHAPTER 13: GETTING AND FIXING 3D MODELS (1/3)
    11. CHAPTER 13: GETTING AND FIXING 3D MODELS (2/3)
    12. CHAPTER 13: GETTING AND FIXING 3D MODELS (3/3)
  9. PART IV: FROM IDEA -TO 3D PRINT - TO PRODUCT
    1. CHAPTER 14: HOW TO START OR ENHANCE A BUSINESS WITH 3D PRINTING
    2. CHAPTER 15: HOW TO MAKE A PROTOTYPE USING 3D PRINTING AND DIFFERENT TYPES OF MANUFACTURING METHODS (1/4)
    3. CHAPTER 15: HOW TO MAKE A PROTOTYPE USING 3D PRINTING AND DIFFERENT TYPES OF MANUFACTURING METHODS (2/4)
    4. CHAPTER 15: HOW TO MAKE A PROTOTYPE USING 3D PRINTING AND DIFFERENT TYPES OF MANUFACTURING METHODS (3/4)
    5. CHAPTER 15: HOW TO MAKE A PROTOTYPE USING 3D PRINTING AND DIFFERENT TYPES OF MANUFACTURING METHODS (4/4)
    6. CHAPTER 16: HOW 3D PRINTING WILL CHANGE YOUR (AND EVERYONE ELSE’S) LIFE (1/3)
    7. CHAPTER 16: HOW 3D PRINTING WILL CHANGE YOUR (AND EVERYONE ELSE’S) LIFE (2/3)
    8. CHAPTER 16: HOW 3D PRINTING WILL CHANGE YOUR (AND EVERYONE ELSE’S) LIFE (3/3)
  10. ABOUT THE AUTHORS