This week’s selection is actually the top seven books we highlighted in 2020.
Every week we’ve featured a book that has something to do with 3D printing, either directly or indirectly. We hope readers gain some value through these books, as they usually provide information that’s new. Some selections are at the introductory level, while others are more advanced, reflecting our audience.
Last year we highlighted 52 books, but seven stood out as the most frequently read from our selection. Here they are, in case you missed them.
3D Printing: Print Quality & Printer Calibration: Troubleshooting Print Quality And Calibrating Your Printer
This book is about learning 3D printing parameters so that regardless of the machine or materials, the reader will become a competent 3D printer operator that can observe how a 3D print proceeds and then make intelligent decisions on how to tweak the 3D print parameters to achieve even greater quality on the results.
3D Printing Failures: 2020 Edition
What’s it about? It’s a comprehensive collection of virtually all the 3D printing mistakes and errors that can be made. It’s literally a list of all the most common failure modes that you can quickly look through to resolve the issue.
3D Printing Projects
While there are plenty of 3D printing project books, this one is a bit different. Instead of providing a lengthy design with multiple steps and assembly, it is simply a collection of engineering drawings. The authors call them “Practice Drawings”; The idea is to open up your favorite 3D CAD software and attempt to replicate the part described in the image.
Functional Design for 3D Printing: Designing 3d printed things for everyday use – 3rd edition
Beginning CAD designers may learn the software to some degree, but then there is the issue of “what is the best way to design this object?” That is not something that is typically taught in CAD tutorials. Enter this book, which attempts to do so.
Fusion 360 For Makers
This book takes the reader through the basics of starting with Autodesk Fusion 360, and assumes you know little to start. It’s ideal for new Fusion 360 users.
Gears and Gear Cutting for Home Machinists
If there’s one satisfying thing that a 3D printer can do, it’s produce the parts that make active machines. Typically this involves the use of gearing systems. But how, exactly, does one design a gear? How big should it be? What is the tooth configuration? What speed will it turn at? How will it affect other gears?
These are questions for engineers, but some of us are not engineers and will need some assistance when designing machines for 3D printing. That’s where this book comes in.
In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World
This 2012 book examines 17 of the most notable mathematical equations of history that have helped mold our civilization through their massive implications. There’s no 3D printing per-se in this book, but do know that your 3D printer largely exists only because these equation came into being over the course of centuries.
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