Printing in Plastic: Build Your Own 3D Printer

Printing in Plastic: Build Your Own 3D Printer

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by James Floyd Kelly, Patrick Hood-Daniel
     
 

Printing in Plastic: Build Your Own 3D Printer is your gateway into the exciting world of personal fabrication. The “printer” that you’ll build from this book is a personal fabricator capable of creating small parts and other objects from drops of molten plastic. Design a part using a modeling tool such as Google SketchUp. Then, watch

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Overview

Printing in Plastic: Build Your Own 3D Printer is your gateway into the exciting world of personal fabrication. The “printer” that you’ll build from this book is a personal fabricator capable of creating small parts and other objects from drops of molten plastic. Design a part using a modeling tool such as Google SketchUp. Then, watch while the fabricator head sweeps back and forth and upwards, depositing plastic in all the right places. You can build anything from a replacement tab to hold a bookshelf in place, to a small art project, to a bashguard for your bicycle. If you can conceive it and design it, you can build it, and you’ll have fun doing it!

Printing in Plastic is aimed at creative people comfortable using power tools such as a table saw, circular saw, and drill press. Authors James Kelly and Patrick Hood-Daniel lead you through building a personal fabrication machine based upon a set of blueprints downloaded from their website. Example projects get you started in designing and fabricating your own parts. Bring your handyman skills, and apply patience during the build process. You too can be the proud owner of a personal fabricator—a three-dimensional printer.

  • Leads you through building a personal fabrication machine capable of creating small parts and objects from plastic
  • Provides example projects to get you started on the road to designing and fabricating your own parts
  • Provides an excellent parent/child, or small group project

What you’ll learn
  • How to assemble your own 3D printer
  • The ins and outs of design software
  • How to design and produce three-dimensional parts made from plastic
  • How to replace small plastic parts in household objects
  • How to create art objects
Who this book is for

Printing in Plastic is aimed at creative people comfortable using power tools, such as a table saw, circular saw, drill press, and so forth. The book is aimed at those who want to create and fabricate tangible objects from plastic. Crafters, carpenters, electronics hobbyists, and others comfortable working with their hands will find the instructions easy to follow and the projects rewarding.

Table of Contents
  1. What to Expect
  2. Hardware and Tools
  3. Tips & Advice
  4. Cutting the Parts I
  5. Cutting the Parts II
  6. Advanced Cuts and Drilling I
  7. Advanced Cuts and Drilling II
  8. Advanced Cuts and Drilling III
  9. Advanced Cuts and Drilling IV
  10. Beginning Assembly
  11. Sub-Assembly Work
  12. Adding Structure
  13. Motors and Movement
  14. The Extruder
  15. The Filament Feeding Mechanism
  16. Mounting Electronics
  17. Final Assembly Check
  18. Software I
  19. Software II
  20. Trial Run I
  21. Trial Run II
  22. Self-Replication
  23. Troubleshooting

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781430234449
Publisher:
Apress
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
File size:
29 MB
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Meet the Author

James Floyd Kelly is a professional writer from Atlanta, Georgia. He has written numerous books on multiple subjects, including LEGO robotics, open source software, and building your own CNC machine as well as a 3D printer. He is the editor-in-chief of the number one MINDSTORMS NXT blog, The NXT Step (TheNXTStep.com), where he is joined by fellow NXT experts who share their knowledge and designs with other robot fans around the world.
Patrick Hood-Daniel is a hobbyist. By day, he is an urban designer trained in architecture and city planning at the University of Miami and the University of California. But in his spare time, Patrick puts skills from a previous career as a computer programmer to good use in building and operating computer numerically controlled (CNC) fabrication machines. He is the creative force behind BuildYourCNC.com and is well-known for designing CNC machines that can be built at low cost by normal people, without any special or expensive tools.

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Printing in Plastic: Build Your Own 3D Printer 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't realize when I bought the book that it was written in 2011. Lots have changed since then. For instance, Makerbot is no longer open source, so control electronics are no longer available. I was hoping to read about implementing Reprap or other open source implementation. The book sample doesn't mention which electronics is used.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, it works. I have one my self and i printed out a iphone and my nook with it. So now you know!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does it work? If it does, it's cooool! -interested person