Book of the Week: 3D Printing Unleashed: Every Layer Counts

By on June 11th, 2024 in book

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3D Printing Unleashed: Every Layer Counts [Source: Amazon]

This week’s selection is “3D Printing Unleashed: Every Layer Counts” by Felipe Izquierdo.

There are plenty of books introducing desktop FFF 3D printing, but this one had an interesting tagline:

“I lost my sanity compiling this information so you could keep yours.”

Somehow this resonated with me: it’s because running a 3D printer as a novice can be an extraordinarily confusing and frustrating experience. While machines and software have absolutely improved greatly over the past few yeas, there are still so many things to know. Getting “operational” on a desktop 3D printer is like learning a pile of trivia.

We’ve all gone through that — unless you are new to desktop 3D printing. In that case this book should be of interest to you.

Izquierdo covers virtually every aspect of today’s desktop 3D printing in this massive 552 page book. From the basics at the beginning, he proceeds into increasingly more advanced topics.

All the common — and not-so-common materials are reviewed with a page or three each, including PLA, ABS, PETG, TPU, PA, PVA, Wood, PC, ASA, PP, PEI, PEEK, Graphene, Iron, Conductive, Glow-in-the-dark, Ceramic, Metal and more.

The detail in this book is quite astonishing. Izquierdo covers:

  • 12 different infill patterns
  • 6 different types of print plates
  • 6 different hot end styles
  • 6 different motion system motors
  • 3 types of fans
  • 4 types of end stops
  • 7 different firmware packages
  • 14 different slicers and software tools

I’m quite amazed at the breadth of coverage here. Basically all the components of a modern FFF desktop 3D printer are reviewed and explained in some detail. That’s why this book is so lengthy.

There’s an entire chapter on the most advanced topics, including compiling your own firmware, 3D scanner usage, multimaterial 3D printing, control boards, and much more.

This is an impressive collection of useful information for anyone that wants to get deep into the world of FFF 3D printing.

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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!