Getting Started with 3D Printing and Reprap
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Getting Started with 3D Printing and Reprap

An Introduction to the Skills, Knowledge and Philosophy of Open-Source 3D Printing

About the Book

The goal of this book is to provide an introduction to 3D printing and The Reprap Project, and to give the reader the skills and the knowledge necissary to design & print a digital object they can hold in their very own hands.

While much hyped by the media and companies selling 3D printing equiptment, there are few sources of information for the casually curious about how 3D printing works, what it can be used for and how to get started.  There is a lot of information avaliable online, however the amount of it can be overwhelming, even for the technically-inclined.  In this book I try to capture the essential components of 3D printers, describe how they work in simple and direct terms and provide a number of examples, exercises and walk-throughs in order to provide anyone with enough information and experience to decide for themselves if they are interested in learning more, purchasing a printer of their own or building one themselves.

This book is the culmination of my experience in building and operating my own Reprap 3D printer, experiences with the Reprap community and the work I have done to share information about 3D printing technology with my local communities.  

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Jason J. Gullickson
Jason J. Gullickson

Jason J. Gullickson has been researching, building, designing and printing 3D printers and other models since 2009, and has been pioneering the field of "transmaterialization" (moving objects between physical and virtual worlds) since 1988.

Jason built his first Reprap 3D printer in 2013 and has continued to improve it ever since.  An active Open-Source developer and advocate, all work Jason has done in the field has been contributed back to the community, much of which can be found on his Github page:

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
    • Who should read this book
    • What is 3D printing?
    • What you’ll need for projects
    • What is Reprap?
    • Anatomy of a 3D printer
  • Chapter 2: Brief History of 3D Printing
    • Origin
    • Industrial Use
    • The RepRap Project
    • Desktop Manufacturing
    • 3D Printing Today
    • References:
  • Chapter 3: 3D Modeling Tools
    • Tinkercad
    • Creating a New Design
    • Moving things around
    • Changing the View
    • Constructive Solid Geometry (CSG)
    • Building a House
    • Other CAD Tools
  • Chapter 4: Processing
    • Preparing Your Model for Printing
    • Cleaning-up the model
    • Slicing
    • Let’s slice it already!
  • Chapter 5: Printing
    • Preparing to print
    • Host Software
    • Monitoring a print job
    • Using a print service
    • Exercise: print something with Shapeways
    • Cleaning-up the finished product
    • Exercise: The $5 3D Printer
  • Chapter 6: Improving
    • Introduction
    • Keep a journal
    • Study other’s work
    • Know your printer
    • Modify your printer
    • Experiment
  • Chapter 7: Sharing
    • Share your work online
    • Share your work in real life
    • Contribute to the community
  • Chapter 8: Projects
    • Introduction
    • Easy designs & safe prints
    • Challenging designs & risky prints
    • Thinks that move
    • Things that do work
    • Things that look beautiful
    • Things that 3D printers do best
  • Chapter 9: What’s Next?
    • Practice
    • Teach
    • Learn more about modeling
    • Learn more about printing
    • Build your own printer

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