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A great deal has changed since the 2016 edition of this book. Where once
we assumed that 3D printers were going to be everywhere, we now know
that they will be in many places, but it may take some time before they’ll
wind up in every home. Still, if you’re reading this book, that means that
you’re about to embark on a potentially life-changing journey.
Join the newest generation of makers as they wield the tools of digital fab-
rication to transmute thought into reality. The CNC machine carves metal,
the laser cutter etches wood, and the PCB writer harnesses the power of
electricity to drive even the most complex of robotics. But there may be no
tool of alchemy more powerful than the 3D printer.
Follow along with this book, and you will be initiated into an elite society of
alchemists who are capable of transforming the very matter of the physical
world around you. Like me, you will become a maker.
I can tell you from personal experience that learning how to 3D print may
not always be fun, but it will always be rewarding. Life, when you love
3D printing, can be a tumultuous one of clogged print heads, broken belt
drives, and unruly 3D CAD models. There is hope, but you must start
somewhere. And there’s no better place to start than with this book,
written by two educational alchemists—Liza Wallach Kloski and Nick
Kloski of HoneyPoint3D™.
They have already empowered many thousands of apprentices, having suc-
cessfully launched their own wildly popular educational program devoted
to teaching the ins and outs of 3D printing. Liza and Nick will be able to
accompany you on your journey as two Sherpa guides who will be there
for you when your wires are crossed, your extruders are clogged, and your
print bed isn’t level.
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