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Part 1: What Is 3D Printing?
1 The Goal of 3D Printing
For the Hobbyist
The Maker Culture
A Tool in Your Arsenal
Materials You Can Use
A Replicator in Every Home
The Time It Takes
What It Can Print
2 The History and Future of 3D Printing
3D Printing Is Born
Hull’s and 3D Systems’ Contributions
The Invention of FDM Printing
The Development of Other 3D Printing Processes
The RepRap Project
The Importance of Open Source
Refinement, Availability, and Your Wallet
Maturation of Technology
Availability of Parts
The Race to the Lowest Price
3 Manufacturing with 3D Printers and CNC Mills
The Simple Principle Behind 3D Printing ...