Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing

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Wiley, 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 is an ideal introduction to the current state of 3D printing and a great read. I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about 3D printing, yet learned a lot from this book. The authors do a great job of surveying both the technology itself and its impact in various areas.
Surprisingly, the authors have a relatively restrained view of the impact of 3D printing. They view it as highly disruptive, yet don't see it as a panacea for all of humanity's ills. The coverage of design software is especially good. While there are many hardware limits, software restricts our ability to use 3D printing's unique strengths to their maximum.
The book also covers important topics like the Open Hardware movement and legal implications. 3D printing will only grow in importance, so if you aren't up to speed on this topic, start here.

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About the author (2013)

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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