Beginning Design for 3D Printing

Joe Micallef

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Reviewed by

A P Sutcliffe MSc, MBCS


9 out of 10

One of the most interesting recent developments within computing has been the advent of 3D printing. This has been described as a “disruptive” and “innovative” technology; and there have been some interesting possible applications that have been proposed to make use of this. However, the technology has yet to make the crossover into mainstream operations and it could be argued that this is because creating the necessary designs are simply too difficult for most people.

This book focuses on how a product may be designed using a standard CAD design package, by someone with relatively basic skills. The book contains a number of exercises, designed specifically to walk the reader through a series of stages, building up to a final product. These are carefully explained, with hints and tips on the best approach for each particular facet of the design phase. The end result is a series of small projects that are designed to provide a foundation for the beginner to allow them to build a series of skills in creating basic shapes that will be of use in more complex models.

The exercises are accompanied by illustrations that highlight the various options. These are from a number of different CAD packages, and they demonstrate that the process of creating a suitable model can be achieved using standard tools that are used by many designers. There are some occasional discussions about the various CAD packages, but overall, the author has tried to be completely neutral in his approach to the chosen programme. In addition, he offers some advice on the best approach to get the best output from a number of devices.

The book is very well written, carefully researched and has a highly logical approach to the concept of creating designs. Although probably not for the complete novice, anyone that has previously worked with a CAD package should have sufficient understanding to very quickly pick up the necessary skills. It is highly likely that most CAD designers would be able to use the book as a way to develop their own ideas and produce items of real value.

This book would also probably be of interest to most CAD developers, even if they are not planning to move into 3D printing.

Further information: Apress

April 2016