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Practical 3D Printers: The Science and Art of 3D Printing
by Brian Evans
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So what is a 3D printer? It's a device you can either buy or build to make parts, toys, sculptures, and even 3D images captured by a sensor or modeled in software. Maybe you have one, or maybe you're thinking about buying or building one, but once you have one, what can you do with it? Practical 3D Printers takes you beyond building the printer to calibrating it, customizing it, and creating amazing models with it, including a pirate ship, a robot body, a cathedral, and the pyramid at Kukulcan. First you'll learn about the different types of popular 3D printer models and the similarities and differences among them. You'll see how the Makerbot works, and how it's different from RepRap printers like the Huxley and Mendel as well as the whiteAnt RepStrap printer featured in the Apress book Printing in Plastic. You'll then learn how to find and create 3D models, and even how to create a 3D model from a 2D image. Next, you'll walk through building multi-part models with a pirate ship example, and working with meshes to build an action hero. Finally, you'll find all sorts of example projects to build, including wind-up walkers and mini-architecture like the Taj Mahal and the Vanderbilt Mansion. In Practical 3D Printers, Brian Evans, the author of Beginning Arduino Programming, takes this topic deeper than any other 3D printing book with an discussion of various types of popular 3D printers, how to customize and calibrate them, and how to design and create models to put your printer to work. Whether you have the MakerBot, the Mendel, the whiteAnt, or any other 3D printer, with Practical 3D Printers, you'll be able to create amazing things with your printer.
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