1. The Big Question—What is 3D Printing?

I don’t know if you’ve heard of the term “3D printer,” but I’d be surprised if the majority of readers didn’t at least have an idea about the subject. But I’m going to start from scratch here. I’m going to assume that you know nothing...zero...nada...zilch. I’m going on the assumption that you are reading this book and scratching your head and saying “Nope...no idea.”

However, if you are familiar with 3D printers, you can refer to the Table of Contents and find the chapter that best fits your level of experience. Chapters 2, “Find Yourself a 3D Printer,” and 3, “Assembly Assistance for the Printrbot Simple,” for example, go over one very specific device (and how to build it) that I’ll be using throughout ...

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