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3D Printing with Autodesk®: Create and Print 3D Objects with 123D, AutoCAD and Inventor

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3D Printing with Autodesk

Create and Print 3D Objects with 123D, AutoCAD, and Inventor

Create amazing 3D-printable objects fast with Autodesk 123D!

Imagine it. Then print it! Autodesk 123D gives you all the tools you need and it’s free. This easy, full-color guide will help you fully master 3D printing with Autodesk 123D even if you’ve never done any of this before. Authors John Biehler and Bill Fane have helped thousands of people join the 3D printing revolution—now it’s your turn. With step-by-step photos and simple projects, they teach you how to make the most of the whole 123D suite on Windows, Mac, and iPad. New to 3D printing? You’ll learn pro techniques for creating models that print perfectly the first time. Want to start fast? Discover how to scan photos straight into your models. Don’t have a 3D printer? Learn how to work with today’s most popular 3D printing services.

John Biehler discovered 3D printing several years ago and built his first 3D printer shortly thereafter. Since then, he’s shared his 3D printing knowledge with thousands of people at live events throughout Canada and the Pacific Northwest and through online and broadcast media. He co-founded Vancouver’s fastest-growing group of 3D printing enthusiasts.

Bill Fane, an Autodesk Authorized Training Centre (ATC) certified instructor, has designed with AutoCAD since 1986. Fane has lectured on AutoCAD and Inventor at Autodesk University since 1995, and at Destination Desktop since 2003. He has written 220 The Learning Curve AutoCAD tutorials for CADalyst and holds 12 patents.

From start to finish, 3D Printing with Autodesk 123D covers all you need to know. So stop waiting and start creating!

  • Quickly get comfortable with the 123D workspace and key features

  • Learn the essentials of effective 3D object design

  • Practice 3D design hands-on with simple guided exercises

  • Generate detailed models from photos with 123D Catch

  • Create new 3D character “monsters” with 123D Creature

  • Prepare any 3D model for successful printing

  • Move from existing 3D CAD tools (if you’ve ever used them)

  • Design parts that are easy to print, and multi-part models that can be printed “pre-assembled”

  • Print through leading 3D printing services such as Shapeways, Ponoko, Fablab, and Hackerspaces

  • Table of Contents

    1. About This eBook
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Contents at a Glance
    5. Table of Contents
    6. About the Authors
    7. Dedication
    8. Acknowledgments
    9. We Want to Hear from You!
    10. Reader Services
    11. Part I: Getting Started with 3D Printing
      1. 1. The Rise of 3D Printing
        1. 3D Printing Will Change the World
      2. 2. Basic Principles of 3D Printing
        1. How 3D Printing Works
        2. Two Basic Types of Printers
        3. Pros and Cons of 3D Printing Processes
        4. Summary
    12. Part II: Using 123D in a 3D Printing World
      1. 3. 123D Creature for iPad
        1. Creating a Creature
        2. Working with Control Options
        3. Summary
      2. 4. Creating 3D Objects with Cameras and 123D Catch
        1. Photographing Objects
        2. Correcting the Model
        3. Summary
      3. 5. Introducing 123D Design for iPad
        1. 123D Design Interface
        2. Project/File Menu Options
        3. Summary
      4. 6. 123D Design Exercises for iPad
        1. Creating New Projects
        2. Manipulating Existing Projects
        3. Sending a File to a 3D Printer
        4. Summary
      5. 7. Workspace Basics of 123D Design for Mac and PC
        1. 123D Design Templates
        2. Starting a New Project
        3. Summary
      6. 8. 123D Design Exercises for Mac and PC
        1. Exercise: Create a Coffee Mug
        2. Exercise: Create a Business Card Holder
        3. Summary
      7. 9. Preparing 3D Models for Printing
        1. Code Used for Printing a 3D Model
        2. Scale and Dimension
        3. Manifold Geometry
        4. Orientation
        5. Summary
    13. Part III: 3D Printing for Autocad and Inventor Users
      1. 10. The Difference Between Surface and Solid Models
        1. The Solid Facts About CAD
        2. Animated 3D CAD Models
        3. Show Me Some Skin Models
        4. AutoCAD Versus Inventor
        5. Summary
      2. 11. Why and How to Use 3D Printing
        1. What Can Possibly Go Wrong, Go Wrong, Go Wrong...
        2. Manufacturing Small Quantities with 3D Printing
        3. Creating Metal Parts with 3D Printing
        4. Allowing for Shrinkage
        5. Summary
      3. 12. Designing Easy-to-Print Parts
        1. Design Versus Make—Know the Process
        2. Helpful Hints to Minimize Problems
        3. Creating Usable 3D-Printable Threads
        4. Solutions to 3D Printing Large Objects
        5. Summary
      4. 13. Designing Multipart Models to Print Preassembled
        1. Effects of Printer Resolution on Parts
        2. Resolving Interference Problems
        3. Considerations Before Using 3D Printing for Parts
        4. Summary
      5. 14. Exporting Models to a 3D Printer
        1. Exporting STL Files
        2. Viewing STL Parts
        3. Something Completely Nerdy
        4. Summary
    14. Part IV: Exporting Models to Third-Party 3D Printing Services
      1. 15. Using Inventor to Print Directly to Third-Party 3D Printing Services
        1. Connecting to a Third-Party Print Service
        2. More Inventor STL Export Options
        3. Summary
      2. 16. Using a Third-Party 3D Printing Service Bureau
        1. Reasons to Use a Third-Party Service Bureau
        2. Uploading 3D Projects to Third-Party Services
        3. Pricing and Materials Options
        4. Summary
      3. 17. The Future of 3D Printing
        1. The Future According to Bill
        2. The Future According to John
    15. Index