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Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 22, 2013)
Publication Date: January 22, 2013
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What a breathtaking journey through one of the hottest, yet least known and appreciated new technologies: digital, compact and small scale fabrication and 3D printing. The "professional" reviews of this book fail to communicate that this book, and the technologies it sketches, are FAR from just 3D printing, and have major implications for the "what's next?" question on everyone's lips today! They are literally a next step between huge assembly lines and the Starship Enterprise product - "materializing" machines!There are already VENDING MACHINES in China that can fabricate not only injection molded plastic products, but products with working parts, knives, coins, and much more. Granted, this book is more about printing on plastic and other less technical applications in the current generation of "real" machines, but the ramifications of the evolution from job shop to factory back to job shop are astonishing, from patent and IP questions to things like marketing, vending and distribution. Books on demand on a whole new scale-- take note! In the West, you might have seen the little "dog tag" vending machines that can create a tag for your dog with her name on it while you wait. That automated aluminum engraving application is a PALE SHADOW of what's shown in this volume, both in materials and technologies!I'm CTO at a digital animation studio (shader joes dot com) so you know where I'm coming from, and of course this family of technologies has MAJOR implications for the "hero" and modeling/ model - sample building industry, and digital artists in general. Not just a consumer technology, the "back room" implications for studios are HUGE.
I selected this book because the company I work for is starting to purchase 3D printers and experiment with them. But I actually came out of it slightly disappointed for one reason: the book just does not do a good enough job of describing the technologies...which is odd considering that the author(s) are both technical folks and Lipson at least, actually has done an extensive amount of work on/with/ and advancing 3D printing in general.There is a chapter on the types of 3D printing and some of the details are scattered throughout the book, but I feel it doesn't do a very good job of really comparing and contrasting the technologies, particularly in helping to understand the real pros and cons of each type compared against one another. While there is some discussion of the materials, safety, heat, and resolution achieved by the different types, the discussion is not consistent and not good enough (in my opinion) to help a reader really make much in the way of intelligent decisions as to what would be the best for a need they have in mind. Frankly the wikipedia articles on 3D printing and on the individual types do a better job of this.That said, the book is a pretty good overview of some of the current work being done in 3D printing from the more traditional - complex plastic and metal parts - to some of the "edges" being explored - organs, batteries, food. There's also mention of some of the major players in terms of websites and companies contributing to the technology and selling 3D printers. Additionally, there's a decent examination of the issues that arise with intellectual property, environmental issues, and democratization/decentralization of "makerism" and manufacturing.But there's also a lot of speculation and wishful thinking.
This book was a pleasure to read. It's informative on several levels, but also ignites the imagination.Over the past many years, various professional magazines have featured articles on what is popularly referred to as 3D printing. Over the past few years, various consumer publications have featured articles on it. The Mindconnection eNewsletter has mentioned it in the Good News column as a counterforce to the economically devastating misconduct of our misrepresentatives in CONgress. And let's not forget how the movie industry used the concept in such hits as the Terminator series.I've read a wide range of facts and opinions on this manufacturing method, but until this book those have been in article format. Articles are great, and they constitute the vast majority of my reading. But they are necessarily much more limited in scope than books are; you can cover quite a bit more in 60,000 words than in 1,500 (unless you're the typical politician, in which case you essentially say nothing but spew thousands of words).This book has two authors, and I suppose both are knowledgeable. As the Preface said, there wasn't any delineation as to who wrote what. However, it seems to read with one voice. It's clear that the authors communicated and that a good editor was involved in this book project (though some copyediting errors did crop up).It's also clear that a whole lotta fact checkin' was goin' on. I didn't find any errors of fact, and for a review of mine that is really saying something. The references are extensive, and most of those look like interesting reading.I was pleased to see two intelligently written reviews posted prior to mine.
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