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Chapter 1 The Big Question—What Is 3D Printing? 3
What Is a 3D Printer? 3
Say Hello to Plastic! 6
Solid to Liquid 8
A Different Type of Motor 10
3D Objects Require Three Axes 12
A Few Other Items 16
Chapter 2 Find Yourself a 3D Printer 17
3D Printer Options to Consider 17
Initial Cost 18
Ease of Assembly and Tech Support 23
Operating System Compatibility 24
Cost and Type of Filament 25
Resolution/Nozzle Diameter 26
Print Bed Size and Leveling 27
Do Your Homework 28
Chapter 3 Assembly Assistance for the Printrbot Simple 29
Printrbot Simple Assembly Part I 30
Early Assembly Observations 32
Midway Through Assembly Observations 38
End of Assembly Observations 43
Connecting All Wires 48
Finishing Thoughts 50
Chapter 4 Configuring the Software 53
Types of 3D Printing Software 54
Downloading the Repetier Software 55
Repetier Settings 56
Chapter 5 First Print with the Simple 65
Downloading an STL 66
Connecting the Simple to Repetier 68
Get the Hot End Up to Proper Temperature 70
Slice Your Object into Layers 71
Home the Hot End 73
Chapter 6 Free 3D Modeling Software 83
Examining Tinkercad 85
Wrapping Up Tinkercad 104
Chapter 7 Creating a 3D Model with Tinkercad 105
Hello World 105
Printing a Sketch or Simple Image 122
Chapter 8 More 3D Modeling Tools 129
123D Family of Apps 129
123D Design 133
123D Creature 135
123D Sculpt 136
123D Make 138
123D Catch 139
Having Fun 141
Chapter 9 Further Explorations 143
Go Bake Some Cookies 143
Don’t Forget the Youngest 3D Fans 146
Around the House 147
Showing Off 147
Chapter 10 Alternatives to the Printrbot Simple 151
Build Your Own 3D Printer 151
Consider 3D Printer Kits 154
Kickstarter and 3D Printers 156
Print-It-for-You Services 159
CNC and Laser Cutters 160
Scanning Objects 162
Chapter 11 Where Do I Go From Here? 165
CNC Machine 166
Laser Cutter 169
Plasma Cutter 171
The Workshop of the Future 172
Appendix A 3D Printer and Modeling Resources 173
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