Book Review: 3D Printing Blueprints

7088OT_cover3D printing has increased in popularity and as the cost of purchasing a home printer continues to come down, the interest in 3D printing is only going to increase. It is an area that I have only dabbled in a few times, and something that I would like to know considerably more about. So when Packt Publishing contacted me and asked if I would like to review 3D Printing Blueprints by Joe Larson, my answer was kind of a no-brainer. I of course said yes.

3D Printing Blueprints is a series of projects or “blueprints” that show the reader how to model the projects effectively for 3D printing, with a focus on using home models of printers such as Makerbot. Commercial printers as discussed, but only briefly. Which is not a huge show stopper as a lot of what is shown and discussed does apply equally well to Commercial Printers as well. Biggest difference would be individual material specifications, which you should look up and check before sending off to a Commercial Printer anyhow.

Layout of the book is divided into manageable sections which for the most part are clearly explained. There were a few areas where I had to read it a couple of times to understand what needed to be done next, but overall the instructions were understandable.

While the projects were on the simple side, they did show a variety of techniques and types of things that could be done with a 3D printer. My favorite being the SD card holder ring and the teddy bear. The author, takes you step by step through the projects so that you should end up with the same model as described and have it be able to print properly.

This book, while featuring Blender as the modeling software of choice, is not meant to be a full out guide to all things Blender. Tools and techniques are only covered as they are needed for the project at hand. Most users should be able to follow along fairly well. New users might have a few problems and should probably get somewhat familiar with Blender before attempting to use this book. If you are primarily interested in the 3D printing aspect of this book, it does do a pretty good job and should get you up and running with a minimum of fuss.

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