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3D Printing: Build Your Own 3D Printer and Print Your Own 3D Objects by James Floyd Kelly

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Introduction: Welcome to 3D Printing!

I’d like to welcome you to the world of 3D printing. If you’re already familiar with 3D printers, how they work, and what you can do with them—well, feel free to skip ahead. I won’t mind.

3D printing is exactly what it sounds like—printing something that can be picked up, held in your hands, and played with. It’s 3D, meaning it’s not flat like a piece of paper. It’s printing because the 3D object doesn’t just magically appear; it must be “printed” by a special device called a 3D printer.

All of this and much more is explained in Chapter 1, “The Big Question—What Is a 3D Printer?”—and with photos! So, if your interest is piqued and you want to learn more, feel free to skip ahead right now to Chapter 1. Again, ...

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