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Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing 2014

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It’s 3D Printing: The Next Generation! The technology’s improving, prices are dropping,new models are hitting the market, and 3D printers are appearing on desktops, workbenches, lab shelves, and kitchen tables all over the world. Not only are we seeing better, faster, and cheaper 3D printers, we’re also seeing new printing materials, easier-to-use design software, powerful scanning technology, and the rise of an entire ecosystem of 3D peripherals and services that support 3D printing technology.

Make’s second annual 3D Printing Guide is once again your go-to resource for discovering the latest information in this fast-changing field of printers, software, projects, and accessories. Inside, you'll find up-to-date reviews on the latest in 3D printing technology, feature and model comparisons, tutorials and stories about 3d printing, and some of the coolest 3d printed objects out there.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. CONTENTS
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Go from Zero to Maker with David Lang!
  5. A BRIEF HISTORY OF PERSONAL 3D PRINTING
  6. WHOSE PROBLEM IS IT?
  7. 10 COOL 3D PRINTED OBJECTS
  8. JUST WHAT I NEEDED
  9. LIFE-CHANGING 3D PRINTS
  10. GROWING UP AND GOING PRO
  11. INSIDE THE NEW MAKERBOT
  12. FACES OF 3D PRINTING
    1. DIEGO PORQUERAS OF BUKOBOT
    2. ANDREW RUTTER OF TYPE A MACHINES
    3. BROOK DRUMM OF PRINTRBOT
    4. RICK POLLACK OF MAKERGEAR
  13. THE BUSINESS OF PRINTING
    1. ALICE TAYLOR OF MAKIELAB
    2. JOHN ALLWINE OF FREAKIN’ SWEET KNOTS
    3. COSMO WENMAN, INDEPENDENT ARTIST
    4. KACIE HULTGREN OF PRETTY SMALL THINGS
  14. GENERATION 3D
  15. 12 REASONS YOU SHOULD BE USING OPENSCAD
    1. 1. Free as in Speech, Free as in Beer
    2. 2. Cross-Platform Support
    3. 3. 3D Printing Pedigree
    4. 4. Extremely Simple Interface
    5. 5. Easy To Learn
    6. 6. Powerful
    7. 7. Tons of Example Files
    8. 8. Geometry Debugging
    9. 9. Rapidly View and Modify .STL Files
    10. 10. Change 2D to 3D
    11. 11. Create Customizable Models On Thingiverse
    12. 12. Strong Community Support
  16. SOFTWARE FOR 3D PRINTING
  17. PLASTICS FOR 3D PRINTING
    1. FILAMENT FRENZY
  18. JIVING WITH JARVIS
  19. PRINTING WITHOUT A 3D PRINTER
    1. Design Services
    2. Quality
    3. Volume
    4. Type of Material
    5. No 3D Printer
  20. 3D SCANNING PARTY “PHOTO BOOTH”
    1. Build the Heavy-Duty Turntable
    2. Build the Scan-O-Tron 3000 Vertical Rail for Kinect Scanning
    3. Scan and Print Your Party Guests
    4. 1. Prepare a New Scan
    5. 2. Record Your Scan
    6. 3. Reconstruct the Data
    7. 4. Process Your Mesh
    8. 5. Share or Export Your Model
    9. Scale the mesh and print
  21. METAL MADNESS
    1. ABS Molds for Bismuth Alloys
    2. Lost-PLA Casting of Aluminum
    3. Sand-Casting Bronze from 3D-Printed Patterns
  22. DIY FILAMENT EXTRUDER
    1. BUILD YOUR FILAMENT EXTRUDER
    2. 1. Check your parts
    3. 1a. Make your parts (optional)
    4. 2. Attach the motor shaft coupler
    5. 3. Bolt the motor to the motor mount
    6. 4. Weld the extruder chas-sis (optional)
    7. 5. Mount the feed screw and thrust bearing
    8. 6. Mount the motor
    9. 7. Install the heater
    10. 8. Temperature probe and insulation
    11. 9. Mount the base
    12. 10. Build the enclosure
    13. 11. Wire the system
    14. 12. Close it up
    15. NOW MAKE FILAMENT!
  23. MORE FUN PROJECTS 3D
    1. PRINT YOUR VIDEO GAME CHARACTER IN 3D
  24. 3D PRINTING BUYER’S GUIDE
    1. This Year’s Trends in 3D Printing
  25. MEET THE TEAM
    1. THE CHALLENGE PRINTS
  26. PRINTRBOT SIMPLE
    1. $399 Assembled, With Open Design Files
    2. Prints Untethered (But Needs Documentation)
    3. Good Prints, a Little on the Slow Side
    4. Conclusion
    5. HOW'D IT PRINT?
  27. OPENBEAM MINI KOSSEL
    1. Deltabot History
    2. Mini Kossel: Kit Only
    3. Design Highlights
    4. Nice Prints, Unique Auto-Leveler
    5. Printing Untethered
    6. Conclusion
    7. HOW'D IT PRINT?
  28. BUKITO
    1. Portability Without Sacrifice
    2. Unique and Innovative Hardware
    3. Conclusion
    4. HOW'D IT PRINT?
  29. ULTIMAKER 2
    1. Looking Good!
    2. Tons of Upgrades
    3. How’s It Print?
    4. Keeping It Open Source
    5. Conclusion
    6. HOW'D IT PRINT?
  30. REPLICATOR 2
    1. Untethered and Intuitive
    2. Extruder Fix Now Standard
    3. Firmware Improvements
    4. Software Updates
    5. Conclusion
    6. HOW'D IT PRINT?
  31. UP PLUS 2
    1. Awesome Auto Calibration
    2. Nice Custom Software
    3. Mixed Print Quality
    4. Conclusion
    5. HOW'D IT PRINT?
  32. CUBE 2
    1. Very Easy Setup, Nice Touchscreen Features
    2. Quieter and Safer Than Last Year, but Print Quality Suffers
    3. Conclusion
    4. HOW'D IT PRINT?
  33. UP MINI
    1. Pushbutton-Simple Setup and Software
    2. Enclosed for Safety, Cozy for ABS Printing
    3. Mostly Quiet Operation
    4. Extruder Jams
    5. Solid Objects Printed Best
    6. Conclusion
    7. HOW'D IT PRINT?
  34. FELIX 2.0
    1. Easy Setup
    2. Great Prints Right Out of the Box
    3. Onboard Controls and Upgrades
    4. New Model: Felix 3.0
    5. Conclusion
    6. HOW'D IT PRINT?
  35. TINKERINE STUDIOS DITTO+
    1. Hardware Details Could Use Some Attention
    2. Onboard Controls
    3. Some Software Limitations
    4. Conclusion
    5. HOW’D IT PRINT?
  36. TYPE A MACHINES SERIES 1
    1. Out with the Old: 2013
    2. In with the New: 2014
    3. Conclusion
    4. HOW'D IT PRINT?
  37. LULZBOT TAZ
    1. Solid Hardware, Huge Build Volume
    2. Exceptional Documentation
    3. Some Printing Snags
    4. Fast and Quiet
    5. New Model: TAZ 2
    6. Conclusion
    7. HOW'D IT PRINT?
  38. BUKOBOT 8v2
    1. Updated and Upgraded
    2. Unique Hardware Design
    3. Put a Fan On It
    4. Conclusion
    5. HOW'D IT PRINT?
  39. PRINTRBOT PLUS
    1. Upgradeable
    2. Support Your Objects, Level the Bed
    3. Easily Correctable Over-Extrusion Issues
    4. Untethered Printing Possible
    5. Conclusion
    6. HOW'D IT PRINT?
  40. 3DPRINTER 4U BUILDER
    1. PRIMO FEATURES
    2. PRO TIPS
  41. AIRWOLF AW3D XL
    1. PRIMO FEATURES
    2. PRO TIPS
  42. SLICING AND CONTROL SOFTWARE
  43. LIQUID DREAMS
  44. FORMLABS FORM 1
    1. Sharp Looks, Seamless Function
    2. Forming Up
    3. HOW'D IT PRINT?
  45. B9 CREATOR
    1. Manual Calibration
    2. Powerful Software
    3. Conclusion
    4. HOW'D IT PRINT?
  46. THE STANDOUTS
    1. THE BEST FROM OUR TESTSTHE
    2. BEST VALUE
    3. BEST IN CLASS: PROSUMER FFF
    4. BEST IN CLASS: JUST HIT PRINT
    5. SURPRISE HIT
    6. Best in Class: Resin
    7. BEST DOCUMENTATION
    8. BEST OPEN-ARCHITECTURE
    9. OVERVIEW: HOW THEY COMPARE
  47. 3D SCANNERS
    1. DAVID LASERSCANNER STARTER KIT
    2. DAVID SLS-1
  48. PREVIEW 3 HOT NEW SCANNERS
    1. MAKERBOT DIGITIZER
    2. MATTERFORM
    3. CADSCAN CUBIK
  49. UPGRADES, MODS, AND ACCESSORIES
    1. Upgrades
    2. Modifications
  50. FILAMENT EXTRUDERS
    1. FILABOT WEE
    2. FILASTRUDER
  51. ONES TO WATCH
    1. NEW FFF PRINTERS
      1. THE BUCCANEER
      2. Printrbot Go v2
    2. FILAMENT EXTRUSION
      1. EXTRUSIONBOT
    3. NEW WAYS TO 3D PRINT
      1. HYPERFORM
      2. DIWIRE BENDER
  52. The new essential tool for every maker
    1. 3D SCANNERS
      1. DIMBODY
  53. 3D PRINTSHOP OF THE FUTURE
  54. DESKTOP MANUFACTURING IN THE MAKER SHED
  55. BUILD THIS!