Book of the Week: 3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Makers

By on May 21st, 2024 in book

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3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Makers [Source: Amazon]

This week’s selection is “3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Makers” by Stephen Hoskins.

Over the past few years there has been a bit of a revolution in 3D printing. The inexpensive desktop devices from a decade ago are now widely available and offer significant capabilities. Today’s sub-US$500 devices are often more powerful than the US$50,000 devices from only a few years ago.

That’s due not only to improved machines, but also notable developments in software and materials. Today it’s possible to 3D print end-use items right at home, if you have the right machines and materials.

This widespread availability is seeping from hobbyist use into the workplace, particularly in places that are not traditional manufacturing or prototyping.

One area of considerable interest is in the artistic community. There many creative people produce all manner of items using traditional approaches. Now it’s possible for them to make use of the new 3D print technology.

However, change is often quite challenging, particularly for industries that have been unchanged for decades. This is the case with many of the arts.

This book is written by Stephen Hoskins of the UK’s Centre for Fine Print Research. This institute has produced much research on this topic, and now that knowledge is in book form.

It first breaks out new concepts for using 3D printing in several artistic areas. After providing an easy-to-understand explanation of the technology and how to use it in technical terms, Hoskins dips into a series of case studies that explain how various artistic pursuits might engage with 3D print technology.

Covered areas include crafting, where small useful & attractive objects are developed, fine arts, design, and makerspace applications.

If you’re an artist considering leaping into the world of 3D printing, this book might be for you.

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By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!