The level of understanding regarding the benefits and capabilities of additive manufacturing ranges all over the place. If you have not been immersed in this industry for the last 30 years, you might have a few questions.
In the tradition of the “Subject matter for Dummies” series of books, Proto Labs recently published its Industrial 3D printing for Dummies, Proto Labs Special Edition. This 66-page book will help explain the technology behind additive manufacturing, its uses and applications and some of the best practices behind this new way of producing parts and developing products. Using a breezy writing style, Kip Hanson, (a former machinist, now a writer) explores concepts that will help you optimize part designs for additive manufacturing and make the most of any 3D printing project.
While not really for “dummies,” this book is best suited to those who are just beginning to explore additive manufacturing for industrial, rather than hobby-type projects.
Hanson covers the early history of 3D printing/additive manufacturing, as well as the current state of this fast-moving industry. He covers individual additive technologies, which can help you choose the best one for your project.
Two chapters are devoted to materials, both plastics and metals. Another chapter goes into tips to help you maximize your design for additive or traditional manufacturing.
Overall, this is a very good resource for those looking to jump into the use of additive manufacturing.