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3D Printing for Architects with MakerBot

Book Description

Learn how to create successful 3D architectural models that you can print out with MakerBot Replicator 2X. It brings an extra dimension to your presentations and distinguishes your practice from the rest.

  • Intelligently design a model to be printed on the MakerBot from the scratch
  • Make the MakerBot replicator work for you, automating tasks and doing post processing on MakerBot output
  • Full of practical tips, tricks, and step-by-step instructions to successfully design your model with MakerBot

In Detail

Recently we’ve seen consumer 3D printing gaining traction. The power of 3D printing is huge and its applications are seemingly endless—medicine, architecture, and food, to name a few. Incorporating 3D printing into your design cycle reduces overall project costs and lowers project duration, as it allows for rapid prototype iterations and instant, more descriptive feedback. 3D printing looks to revolutionize modern manufacturing and the technology is improving in leaps and bounds each and every day.

"3D Printing for Architects with MakerBot" strives to give you a good foundation for what MakerBot can do. It offers a hands-on way to learn about how 3D printing works, and how you can use its powerful features to produce great prints. With this book, you will learn everything you need to know about designing and printing architectural models using the MakerBot Replicator 2X and how to incorporate multiple parts and colours from designs created by you and the community.

"3D Printing for Architects with MakerBot" will take you through a number of clear, practical examples which will teach you how to unlock the power of your MakerBot Replicator 2X and the MakerBot community. It will show you how to create models composed of multiple parts and colours which are 3D printer ready.

You will also learn about the different types of 3D printing and the history leading up to the purchase of MakerBot by Stratasys. You will take a look into the details of 3D printing software, learning how to convert your 3D CAD model into a physical 3D prototype and how various options will affect your print. You will then create more advanced architectural models with parts created to fit together that are designed either by you or from the extensive community libraries found on Thingiverse and GrabCAD. If you want to learn how to gain the upper hand over the competition by creating architectural prototypes using 3D printing, then this is the book for you.

Table of Contents

  1. 3D Printing for Architects with MakerBot
    1. Table of Contents
    2. 3D Printing for Architects with MakerBot
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. www.packtpub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Downloading the example code
        2. Errata
        3. Piracy
        4. Questions
    8. 1. A Primer on 3D Printing
      1. A brief history of 3D printing
      2. Understanding stereolithography
      3. Learning about Selective Laser Sintering
      4. Basics of Fused Deposition Modeling
      5. The origin of MakerBot
      6. Applications of 3D printing
        1. Product design
        2. Healthcare
        3. Food
        4. Fashion
        5. Additional applications
      7. MakerBot Replicator 2X specifications
        1. Printing with MakerBot
      8. MakerBot Replicator 2X limitations
        1. Stepping
        2. Precision
        3. Time
        4. Supports
      9. MakerBot Replicator 2X material options
        1. ABS
        2. PLA
      10. Summary
    9. 2. 3D Modeling Software
      1. Modeling software comparison
        1. Using beginner software packages
          1. TinkerCAD
          2. Autodesk123D
        2. Using intermediate software packages
          1. FreeCAD
          2. Autodesk 3DS Max
          3. Autodesk AutoCAD and SolidWorks
          4. Rhinoceros
        3. Using advanced software packages
          1. Blender
      2. General modeling theory
        1. Design practices
          1. Objects must be closed
          2. Objects must be manifold
          3. Maintain a minimum wall thickness
          4. Orientation considerations
          5. Size and precision
          6. Text
      3. Example – roof truss
        1. Preparation of drawing for modeling
          1. Designing the roof truss
      4. Summary
    10. 3. 3D Printing Software
      1. Software choices
        1. Function
        2. MakerWare
        3. ReplicatorG
      2. MakerWare options and settings
        1. Print options
      3. An example – roof truss
        1. Avoiding warping
          1. Removing the part from the platform
      4. Summary
    11. 4. Multicolor Design
      1. Assemblies and multibody parts
        1. Multibody
        2. Color and multimaterial options
        3. Redesigning of the roof truss
      2. MakerWare multicolor settings
        1. Z Pause
        2. Roof truss print settings
          1. Specified supports
          2. Z Print
          3. Lateral/symmetry splitting
          4. Assembling
          5. Redesigning
          6. Print settings
      3. Summary
    12. 5. Multipart Design
      1. Introducing tolerancing and fits
        1. The clearance fit
        2. The interference fit
        3. The transition fit
        4. Holes in MakerBot
          1. The clearance guide
        5. Designing for assembly
      2. An example – building facade assembly
        1. Establishing the project scope
          1. Part 1 – windows
          2. Part 2 – veneer
          3. Part 3 – details
        2. Outlining the design layout
          1. Layer 1 – the background/window
          2. Layer 2 – the window size and shape
          3. Layer 3 – veneer
          4. Layer 4 – details
          5. Adding an additional part
        3. Assembling the layers
      3. Summary
    13. 6. The Community – Thingiverse and GrabCAD
      1. 3D printing web resources
        1. Thingiverse
          1. Maneuvering through Thingiverse
          2. Licensing of Thingiverse models
            1. Attribution
            2. Attribution-ShareAlike
            3. Attribution-NonCommercial
        2. GrabCAD
          1. Maneuvering through GrabCAD
          2. Licensing of GrabCAD models
      2. An example – bathroom sink
      3. Summary
    14. 7. Iterative Design
      1. Usage of iterative design
      2. A culminating example – the floor plan
        1. Initial design
        2. Initial iteration
        3. Second iteration
        4. Third iteration
          1. Division
          2. Size
          3. Assembly
            1. Flexibility
        5. Adding details
          1. Toilet
          2. Sink and vanity
          3. Bathtub/shower
      3. Similar community examples
      4. Summary
    15. Index