Getting into 3D printing is easy especially when downloading and printing designs from free 3D model repositories such as Thingiverse. In his book 'Design and Modeling for 3D Printing' author Matthew Griffin teaches you how to take the next step by starting to create your own 3D designs. Using practical examples, Griffin explains the core principles, techniques and limits of 3D modeling software arming the reader with the know-how required to design and print almost anything.More info →
The book Blender 3D Printing Essentials is written for Blender users who want to create 3D models suitable for printing. Author Gordon Fisher shows you how to use Blender's special 3D printing tools to maximize print quality while reducing cost just as well as he explains the structural integrity and stability requirements for models that are to be 3D printed.
Though you don't need to be a Blender experts, it is recommended that you are comfortable with the basic modeling functionality of the Blender software. The book adopts very much a hands-on approach with the use of step-by-step instructions and plenty of screenshots to help guide readers every step of the way to designing high quality 3D models.More info →
3D Printing with SketchUp aims at helping designers and architects draft models in SketchUp for 3D printing. Using real-world case studies, author Marcus Ritland shows you why you may need to design your 3D model differently depending on whether you use a 3D home printer or industrial 3D printing processes. Learn the most important 3D modeling concepts to create your own designs as well as how to adapt existing 3D models making sure that your 3D prints turn out right the first time.More info →
In her book Modeling with SketchUp for 3D Printing, author Bonnie Roskes shows readers how to design and 3D print models using the SketchUp software. The book covers beginner techniques such as downloading and modifying existing models just as well as designing more advanced models. Examples range from simple name plates and puzzles to complex designs such as Lego bunk beds and DNA.More info →
3D CAD with Autodesk 123D shows you how to jump into the world of personal fabrication without costly or complicated tools. Author Jesse Harrington Au teaches you how to use Autodesk's free 123D tools to design, sculpt and 3D print objects with ease. Learn how to use your iPad or camera to 3D scan and how to create real-world objects with 3D printers or laser cutters.More info →