Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 22, 2013 - Computers - 320 pages

Fabricated tells the story of 3D printers, humble manufacturing machines that are bursting out of the factory and into schools, kitchens, hospitals, even onto the fashion catwalk. Fabricated describes our emerging world of printable products, where people design and 3D print their own creations as easily as they edit an online document.

A 3D printer transforms digital information into a physical object by carrying out instructions from an electronic design file, or 'blueprint.' Guided by a design file, a 3D printer lays down layer after layer of a raw material to 'print' out an object. That's not the whole story, however. The magic happens when you plug a 3D printer into today’s mind-boggling digital technologies. Add to that the Internet, tiny, low cost electronic circuitry, radical advances in materials science and biotech and voila! The result is an explosion of technological and social innovation.

Fabricated takes the reader onto a rich and fulfilling journey that explores how 3D printing is poised to impact nearly every part of our lives.

Aimed at people who enjoy books on business strategy, popular science and novel technology, Fabricated will provide readers with practical and imaginative insights to the question 'how will this technology change my life?' Based on hundreds of hours of research and dozens of interviews with experts from a broad range of industries, Fabricated offers readers an informative, engaging and fast-paced introduction to 3D printing now and in the future.

 

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User Review  - WaltNoise - LibraryThing

This is the book on 3D printing that I've been looking for. All the other books assumed that I had already spent a few thousand dollars so that I could make plastic toys (or a single-shot pistol). The ... Read full review

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This book provides a good understanding of 3D printing to people who know nothing about 3D printing. It is very simple and factual. I found it very helpful.

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
25
Section 3
45
Section 4
49
Section 5
54
Section 6
65
Section 7
71
Section 8
85
Section 11
153
Section 12
170
Section 13
175
Section 14
197
Section 15
217
Section 16
241
Section 17
263
Section 18
283

Section 9
105
Section 10
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Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman put innovative technologies into context. Lipson is a leading researcher and speaker on 3D printing, digital materials, and the transformative power of intelligent machines. His lab at Cornell University has pioneered interdisciplinary research in 3D printing, product design, artificial intelligence, and smart materials. Kurman is an author and technology analyst who covers game-changing technologies in language that intelligent (and busy) non-experts can understand.

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