Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing [NOOK Book]

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Out of the lab and into your home or office—3D printing

While corporate labs and design companies have used 3D printers as prototyping tools for years, this futuristic technology has not made it into the mainstream, until now. The cost of 3D printers has come down, and with this fascinating book in hand, you can learn how to integrate 3D printing in your school, kitchen, or office. Discover how to fabricate the 3D objects you wish in a variety ...

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Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing

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Overview

Out of the lab and into your home or office—3D printing

While corporate labs and design companies have used 3D printers as prototyping tools for years, this futuristic technology has not made it into the mainstream, until now. The cost of 3D printers has come down, and with this fascinating book in hand, you can learn how to integrate 3D printing in your school, kitchen, or office. Discover how to fabricate the 3D objects you wish in a variety of materials, from plastic, to silver, to foam, to food.

A 3D printer "prints" layer by layer with actual materials to form precise 3D objects. Toy makers create historically accurate model trains from old photographs. Teachers and students bring books to life with 3D printing of historical relics. Companies "print" product prototypes. This book guides you through it all: the technology; the software required; the marketplace of available services; how to invent, design, teach, or eat 3D printed objects; and what the future holds for this startling technology.

  • Offers concepts and practical steps for 3D printing to readers who are interested in the technology but are not necessarily experts in CAD software or 3D printing
  • Explains how everyday people can expand the boundaries of what they do, by learning how to invent, design, teach, or eat 3D printed objects
  • Covers the technology, the software and prototyping process, the marketplace of services available to help with concepts, and what the future holds
  • Features an expert author team that has received widespread media coverage for their breakthrough innovations and ideas

Whether hobbyist, basement inventor, or chef, regular people are turning their ideas into real objects. You can be one of them, with a copy of Fabricated: 3D Print Everything from Body Parts to Bicycles to Dinner.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118416945
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 691,519
  • File size: 45 MB
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Meet the Author

Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman put innovative technologies into context. Lipson is a leading researcher and speaker on 3D printing, digital materials, and the transformative power of intelligent machines. His lab at Cornell University has pioneered interdisciplinary research in 3D printing, product design, artificial intelligence, and smart materials. Kurman is an author and technology analyst who covers game-changing technologies in language that intelligent (and busy) non-experts can understand.

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Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Chapter 1: Everything is becoming science fiction 1

Chapter 2: A machine that can make almost anything 7

Printing three-dimensional things 11

The ten principles of 3D printing 20

Chapter 3: Nimble manufacturing: Good, fast, and cheap 25

Somewhere between mass production and the local farmer’s market 27

The blank canvas of the 21st century 35

Chapter 4: Tomorrow’s economy of printable products 45

Like ants with factories 46

The experience economy 51

A future economy of printable products 56

Chapter 5: Printing in layers 65

A manufacturing process at heart 65

Two families of printers 68

Cleaning up design files 77

The raw materials 81

Chapter 6: Design software, the digital canvas 85

A word processor for drawing 85

Today’s design software 91

What you design is not (necessarily) what you print 100

The next generation of design software: digital capture 102

Chapter 7: Bioprinting in "living ink" 105

The printer of youth 105

Tissue engineering 111

CAD for the body 120

The future 124

Chapter 8: Digital cuisine 129

Digital gastronomy 130

Feeding the quantified self 142

Processed food 144

Chapter 9: A factory in the classroom 153

Make to learn: Children's engineering 154

Not a national crisis. . . but learning should be enjoyable 161

Now let's see you draw that abstract equation on a graph 166

Barriers to classroom adoption 171

The road ahead 173

Chapter 10: Unleashing a new aesthetic 175

Computers that act like nature 176

Printing wavy walls and custom gargoyles 191

Chapter 11: Green, clean manufacturing 197

A tale of two plastic toys 200

Greener manufacturing 202

3D printing a more beautiful landfi ll 206

Chapter 12: Ownership, safety, and new legal frontiers 217

Printing weapons, drugs, and shoddy products 218

Rip, mix, and burn physical things 224

Exclusivity vs. the freedom to innovate 230

Chapter 13: Designing the future 241

Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. 241

A bicycle for our imagination 243

The language of shapes 252

Changing the shape of design tools 260

Chapter 14: The next episode of 3D printing 263

The three episodes of 3D printing 265

Cofabrication of multiple materials 266

Moving from printing passive parts to active systems 271

The final episode—from analog to digital 275

Machines making machines 280

References 283

Index 291

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