Book of the Week: 3D Printing For Dummies

By on October 10th, 2023 in book

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3D Printing for Dummies [Source: Amazon]

This week’s selection is “3D Printing For Dummies” by Richard Horne.

3D Printing For Dummies was one of the very first consumer-oriented books on the technology, and it first was published way back in 2014, almost ten years ago.

Since then there has been a second edition published in 2017, and now we have the third edition in 2023. It has been one of the most successful books on the subject, and I’m very happy to see Fabbaloo friend Horne able to provide this update.

Horne is a skilled 3D printing enthusiast, having explored the technology from top to bottom over many years. He’s built and operated many different types of machines, and is often called upon by manufacturers to perform tests on equipment.

That knowledge is incorporated into this easy-to-read book that introduces the concepts of 3D printing to novices. But it’s not just a “how to” book, as many other books might be.

The book focuses on using machines for production for business or art, and provides references to sources of software, content and inspiration.

There is an entire section devoted to the business aspects of operating a desktop 3D printer, something many introductory books don’t offer. That’s important, because after you’ve finished the “printing plastic dragons” stage of your 3D printer experience, you’ll quickly want to produce more useful items.

Horne also includes a section dedicated to operations, maintenance and repair of your 3D printer. This includes calibration, electronics and machine setup.

If you’re new to 3D printing — and I know many of you are because of the vast increase in sales of desktop equipment — please consider reading this book to help you on your 3D print journey.

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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!

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