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August 28, 2014 AT 4:00 am

3D Design Inspiration – Functional Design for 3D Printing by Clifford T Smyth #3DxEngineering #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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The crew at the excellent 3DPrintingForBeginners blog in Luxembourg reviewed a 3D design book that sparked my interest!

Book Review: Functional Design for 3D Printing by Clifford T Smyth:

A common criticism of 3D printing is that all it produces nothing but cheap plastic gimmicks that are of little practical use. While that criticism may not always be completely unfounded there is also more and more proof that 3D printing can be very useful indeed. 3D printed prosthetics or things like the 3D printed UAV are excellent examples of 3D printing being put to good use.

Now, moving from downloading models from Thingiverse to designing your own CAD models comes with a steep learning curve. And while there is already a considerable amount of literature out there to help you with various CAD programs, a gap still exists when it comes to using CAD to specifically design for 3D printing.

Author Clifford Smyth has written a book to do just that: Functional Design for 3D Printing is an engineering handbook aimed at helping readers ‘design objects which print and function in everyday applications’.

The book is geared towards owners of FFF 3D printers. As any owner of such a printer can attest to, the machines and software still come with some technical immaturities and it requires specific know-how to compensate for printer or slicer imperfections. Smyth’s book promises to fill exactly that gap by leveraging the strengths and minimizing the weaknesses of the 3D printing process…..

Read more details and the conclusions to the review here.


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