3D printers have revolutionized the worlds of manufacturing, design, and art. But how does a person with little or no computer design experience create an object to print? The best way to learn is through hands-on experience. Professional engineer Mike Rigsby leads readers step-by-step through fourteen simple toy projects, each illustrated with screen caps of Autodesk 123D Design, the most common free 3D software available. The projects are later described using Sketchup, another free popular software package.
The toy projects in A Beginner’s Guide to 3D Printing start simple—a domino, nothing more than an extruded rectangle, a rectangular block. But soon you will be creating jewel boxes with lids, a baking powder submarine, interchangeable panels for a design-it-yourself miniature house, a simple train with expandable track, a multipiece airplane, a working paddleboat, and a rubber band–powered car. Finally, you will design, print, and assemble a Little Clicker, a noise making push toy with froggy eyes. Once trained in the basics, you will be able to embark on even more elaborate designs of your own creation.
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Our luxury kits come with everything you need to make a wonderful model of your child’s hands and feet.
This includes soft clay for the molds (four pouches), plaster, mixing bowl and stirrer, cleaning brush, gold paint, paintbrush, three keepsake jars (for a lock of hair, say…), a mini-frame for a picture of Baby, Adhesive Pads and of course a beautiful presentation frame.
The frames are 16.14 x 8.26 x 1.96 inch (4 x 21 x 5 cm), and are finished in Simple White, Persian Walnut, Shining Silver or Special Gold effects, and can be hung in landscape or portrait fashion. There are also four colorful background illustrations to choose from.
Don’t worry if you make a mistake – there is enough plaster for two sets of hands and feet. In fact, you might want another frame to make a spare set for baby’s grandparents…
② Background illustrations
③ Soft Clay
⑥ Mixing Bowl and Stirrer
⑦ Cleaning Brush
⑧ Gold Paint and Paintbrush
⑨ Adhesive Pads
⑩ Instruction Guide (English, Japanese, Korean)
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3D printing is the hottest new technology. It allows just about any at-home inventor, artist, or engineer to design, create, and “print” their own parts, artwork, or whatever else can be imagined — all at very reasonable costs. Idiot’s Guides: 3D Printing explores this new revolution by explaining all of the basics of materials, parts, software, modeling, design, and finishing. The book then takes it to the next level by teaching readers how to take their new skills and print some simple, fun projects. Helpful advice on setting up a home-built 3D printer, buying a manufactured printer, selecting raw materials, and finding plans and projects online, are also covered.
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