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Getting Started with MakerBot A Hands-On Introduction to Affordable 3D Printing

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ISBN-10: 1449338658

ISBN-13: 9781449338657

Edition: 2012

Authors: Bre Pettis, Anna Kaziunas France, Jay Shergill, Jay Shergill, Anna Kaziunas

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Get a hands-on introduction to the world of personal fabrication with the MakerBot, the easiest and cheapest rapid prototyper available. This book shows you how the MakerBot open source 3D printer democratizes manufacturing and brings the power of large factories right to your desktop. Not only will you learn how to operate MakerBot, you’ll also get guidelines on how to design and print your own prototypes.3D printing is a key part of the prototyping process, yet desktop models to date have cost a minimum of $10,000. But not any longer. A variant on the open source RepRap 3D printer, MakerBot is designed to be assembled quickly and cheaply. Even the deluxe MakerBot kit costs under $1,000.…    
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Book details

List price: $12.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 5.43" wide x 8.50" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Bre Pettis is a founder of Makerbot, a company that produces robots that make things. Bre is also a founder of NYCResistor, a hacker collective in Brooklyn. Besides being a TV host and Video Podcast producer, he's created new media for, hosted Make: Magazine's Weekend Projects podcast, and has been a schoolteacher, artist, and puppeteer. Bre is passionate about invention, innovation, and all things DIY.

How Does a MakerBot Work?
The MakerBot Cupcake CNC, Thing-O-Matic, and Replicator Series
What Can a MakerBot Make?
The House That MakerBot Built
Make a Better Mousetrap: Inventing Things with a MakerBot
No, Really, Make a Better Mousetrap
With This Thing, I Thee…
MakerBot in the Bathroom
MakerBot in the Kitchen
Close the Door/Open the Door
Project Shellter
Your MakerBot-Enabled Closeup
Bounce Back From a Bear Attack
Moving Physical Objects into the Thingiverse
What Will You Make?
Growing Up with MakerBot
MakerBot Heroes
MakerBots in the Classroom
Middle School Technology Club MakerBot Build
First MakerBot Projects for Kids
Before You Get a MakerBot
Think About What You Will Replicate
Connect with the MakerBot Community
Become Familiar with the Necessary Software
Prepare Your Home
Prepare an Area for Your Bot
Social Implications
Meet the MakerBot Replicator 2
Facts and Figures
The Frame
The Gantry
The Extruder
The Electronics
Evolution of the MakerBot Design
Getting Started Printing
The LCD Panel
Leveling Your Build Platform
The Leveling Process
Loading Filament into the Extruder
Your First Prints
Making from MakerWare
Installing MakerWare
Thingiverse to Thing
Making the Object in MakerWare
Advanced Settings
Your First 10 Things to MakerBot
Hello, World
Getting a Little More Fancy
Something Tall
A Little Something for Your Bot
Multi-Part Printing, Part 1
Multi-Part Printing, Part 2
Your Own Personal Army
A Parametric Model
You're Ready to Create
Designing for the MakerBot
General Design Considerations
Equipment Capabilities
Water Tight
Corner Warping
Friction Fit and Moving Parts
Designing a Part to Be Dimensionally Accurate
Surface Finishing
How Large? Thinking Outside the Bot
Material Strength
Sizing and Scaling Models
Autodesk 123D
Exporting STL Files from SketchUp
Installing SketchUp to DXF or STL via the Command Line
Going Beyond
Scanning in 3D
What is 3D Scanning?
123D Catch
123D Catch Tips
Taking Photos with 123D Catch
Uploading Your Photos to the Cloud
Downloading Your Mesh
Installing ReconstructMe
Tips for Reconstructing Yourself (Or Someone Else)
Cleaning and Repairing Scans for 3D Printing
Autodesk MeshMixer
Repairing Most Scans
Repair and Clean Up in netfabb
Smoothing Out the Surface of Meshes
Removing Bumps and Blobs with MeshMixer
Final Cleanup/Repair in netfabb
Print Your Model
Repairing Relief Scans by Capping
Fixing Holes, Non-Manifold Areas and Disconnected Components
To Close Large Areas of Missing Mesh
Scan Your World
Becoming Part of the Thingiverse Community
What is Thingiverse?
Becoming a User of Thingiverse
User Profiles
Finding Things
Uploading a Thing
Upload the First File
Enter the Details
Add Other Files to Your Thing
Add Tags and Ancestry
Publish Your Thing
Tips and Tricks
Use Collections
Take Good Photos
Write Good Descriptions and Instructions
Derivative Works
Suggested Reading and Resources