Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing
Fabricated tells the story of 3D printers, humble manufacturing machines that are bursting out of the factory and into schools, kitchens, hospitals, even onto the fashion catwalk. Fabricated describes our emerging world of printable products, where people design and 3D print their own creations as easily as they edit an online document.
A 3D printer transforms digital information into a physical object by carrying out instructions from an electronic design file, or 'blueprint.' Guided by a design file, a 3D printer lays down layer after layer of a raw material to 'print' out an object. That's not the whole story, however. The magic happens when you plug a 3D printer into today’s mind-boggling digital technologies. Add to that the Internet, tiny, low cost electronic circuitry, radical advances in materials science and biotech and voila! The result is an explosion of technological and social innovation.
Fabricated takes the reader onto a rich and fulfilling journey that explores how 3D printing is poised to impact nearly every part of our lives.
Aimed at people who enjoy books on business strategy, popular science and novel technology, Fabricated will provide readers with practical and imaginative insights to the question 'how will this technology change my life?' Based on hundreds of hours of research and dozens of interviews with experts from a broad range of industries, Fabricated offers readers an informative, engaging and fast-paced introduction to 3D printing now and in the future.
Chapter 1: Everything is becoming science fiction 1
Chapter 2: A machine that can make almost anything 7
Printing three-dimensional things 11
The ten principles of 3D printing 20
Chapter 3: Nimble manufacturing: Good, fast, and cheap 25
Somewhere between mass production and the local farmer’s market 27
The blank canvas of the 21st century 35
Chapter 4: Tomorrow’s economy of printable products 45
Like ants with factories 46
The experience economy 51
A future economy of printable products 56
Chapter 5: Printing in layers 65
A manufacturing process at heart 65
Two families of printers 68
Cleaning up design files 77
The raw materials 81
Chapter 6: Design software, the digital canvas 85
A word processor for drawing 85
Today’s design software 91
What you design is not (necessarily) what you print 100
The next generation of design software: digital capture 102
Chapter 7: Bioprinting in "living ink" 105
The printer of youth 105
Tissue engineering 111
CAD for the body 120
The future 124
Chapter 8: Digital cuisine 129
Digital gastronomy 130
Feeding the quantified self 142
Processed food 144
Chapter 9: A factory in the classroom 153
Make to learn: Children's engineering 154
Not a national crisis. . . but learning should be enjoyable 161
Now let's see you draw that abstract equation on a graph 166
Barriers to classroom adoption 171
The road ahead 173
Chapter 10: Unleashing a new aesthetic 175
Computers that act like nature 176
Printing wavy walls and custom gargoyles 191
Chapter 11: Green, clean manufacturing 197
A tale of two plastic toys 200
Greener manufacturing 202
3D printing a more beautiful landfi ll 206
Chapter 12: Ownership, safety, and new legal frontiers 217
Printing weapons, drugs, and shoddy products 218
Rip, mix, and burn physical things 224
Exclusivity vs. the freedom to innovate 230
Chapter 13: Designing the future 241
Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. 241
A bicycle for our imagination 243
The language of shapes 252
Changing the shape of design tools 260
Chapter 14: The next episode of 3D printing 263
The three episodes of 3D printing 265
Cofabrication of multiple materials 266
Moving from printing passive parts to active systems 271
The final episode—from analog to digital 275
Machines making machines 280
Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman put innovative technologies into context. Lipson is a leading researcher and speaker on 3D printing, digital materials, and the transformative power of intelligent machines. His lab at Cornell University has pioneered interdisciplinary research in 3D printing, product design, artificial intelligence, and smart materials. Kurman is an author and technology analyst who covers game-changing technologies in language that intelligent (and busy) non-experts can understand.
John Wiley and Sons, Inc. today announced the publication of Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing(Wiley, 978-1-1183-5063-8, February 2013, US $27.95). Based on hundreds of hours of research and dozens of interviews with experts from a broad range of industries, Fabricated offers readers an informative, engaging and fast-paced introduction to 3D printing now and in the future. Written by Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman, leading experts on 3D printing, Fabricated is the first book to address both the practical and imaginative insights to the question “how will this technology change my life?”
“3D printing is already shaking our age-old notions of what can and can’t be made,” said Hod Lipson. “But what we’ve seen so far is just the tip of the iceberg. The next episode of 3D printing will involve printing entirely new kinds of materials. Eventually we will print complete products -- circuits, motors, and batteries already included. At that point, all bets are off.”
Fabricated takes the reader onto a rich and fulfilling journey that explores how 3D printing is poised to impact nearly every part of our lives. The book features interviews with pioneering teachers, small businesses, artists, surgeons and researchers who are applying 3D printing and innovative design software to expand the limits of what can be done within various industries. Lipson and Kurman explain the weird and wonderful applications of 3D printing such as printing food, dental crowns and someday – replacement heart valves, organs and joints.
“Broad and versatile technologies like 3D printing send disruptive ripples through different industries,” said Melba Kurman. “We will see the emergence of new business models and shorter supply chains in manufacturing. Someday people will print the perfect meal; surgeons will print replacement knee cartilage. The technology is moving fast – the law will struggle to keep up.”
Fabricated will interest readers of all backgrounds. Non-experts will learn the basics of 3D printing technologies and design software, explained in lucid, non-technical language. Readers with a taste for science fiction will get a glimpse at the not-so-distant 3D printing future that’s taking shape as leading researchers explore ways to 3D print smart materials and ready-made robots. The book also addresses a whole new level of intellectual property challenges that are on the horizon as 3D printers enable people to make copies and even “edit” commercial products and works of art.
Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing is now available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide in both print and all e-book formats. For a list of retailers, visit http://www.wiley.com/buy/9781118350638.
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