The 3D printing revolution is well upon us, with new machines appearing at an amazing rate. With the abundance of information and options out there, how are makers to choose the 3D printer that’s right for them? MAKE is here to help, with our Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing. With articles about techniques, freely available CAD packages, and comparisons of printers that are on the market, this book makes it easy to understand this complex and constantly-shifting topic.
Based on articles and projects from MAKE’s print and online publications, this book arms you with everything you need to know to understand the exciting but sometimes confusing world of 3D Printing.
Table of Contents
Part I: Hardware
Chapter 1. Getting Started with a 3D Printer
Chapter 2. 3D Printer Guide
Part II: Software
Chapter 3. Software for 3D Printing
Chapter 4. 3D Design for the Complete Beginner
Chapter 5. Getting Started with Slic3r
Part III: 3D Scanning Download Now »
LEO the Maker Prince teaches children (both young and old) about 3D printing by following Carla and LEO’s journey through Brooklyn. LEO is a walking, talking robot who has the magical ability to to print (in plastic) any object that Carla draws. The other robots have their own special capabilities: H1-H0 prints in metal, Sinclair-10 can find and print objects from a huge catalog of designs, and the others (including AL1C3-D, IRIS-7, and NiXie) have unique talents, too. Readers can come along for the journey, too: all of the objects in the book are printable one way or another.
3D Printing Insights from Author Carla Diana
- Interesting artifacts and textures sometimes emerge as a byproduct of the 3D printing process. The cover letters for LEO were the result of a “happy accident.” A print of some standard extruded lettering was stopped halfway through, and the letterforms that emerged were more unique than what we had originally designed. People often ask us what typeface it is and we love describing how it was formed from a print that’s halfway done.
- By printing a hollow piece and then pausing the printer halfway through, you can take advantage of “throw-ins” to give an object special properties. For example, magnets or metal parts can be thrown in to make your pieces stick together. In LEO, we used rice as a throw-in to make a shaker instrument.
- The 3D modeling software Rhino has a plugin for Python scripting that allows people to use code to generate forms based on algorithms. For example Download Now »
Traveling and photography is a perfect match, but photographers are often disappointed that their images fail to meet the quality of their artistic aspirations. This book combines theoretical information, practical advice, and helpful suggestions for taking better pictures while traveling, whether you are on a local trip, enjoying your annual summer vacation or exploring a more exotic, remote destination. This book includes descriptions for how to carefully compose photos, avoid common mistakes, and achieve a unique perception of places that have been photographed many times before. Beautifully illustrated with photographs from all over the world, this guide will help you find your personal point of view, which will lead to exceptional travel photos.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. On Traveling and Photographing – Take Your Time
Chapter 2. From Conventional To Unique – Commonplace Photos and Your Own Point of View
Chapter 3. Off Center – Why Subjects Should Move a Bit to the Side
Chapter 4. Into the Picture – Subjects Need Their Space
Chapter 5. The Benefits of a Foreground – On the Search for the Third Dimension
Chapter 6. The Diagonal – Embracing the Slant
Chapter 7. Horizon – So Nothing Goes Askew
Chapter 8. A Matter of Perspective – Down Low or Up High
Chapter 9. Everything Is Relative – A Sense of Scale Download Now »
This book uses a structured approach to teach the art of creating interesting, well-composed images. It provides solutions to problems that often get in the way of producing great photographs and emphasizes the importance of training the eye to exclude the extraneous. Examples of strong images are juxtaposed against flawed images, illustrating how to create a successful composition. Topics covered include light and shadow, lens choice, framing, negative space, and many more.
In this book, author Jack Dykinga encourages us to look at photography as a way to communicate. Dykinga says, “Photography is a marvelous language that crosses linguistic borders as a universal, powerful, and direct communication. As photographers, we see something we find interesting and simply want to share it.” Readers will learn new ways to create interesting and powerful compositions that communicate their intended messages.
Filled with beautiful color images throughout, the book is sure to inspire, teach, and motivate photographers of all levels.
About the Author
Jack Dykinga’s photographic style blends fine art photography and documentary photojournalism. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for Feature Photography, and is a regular contributor to Arizona Highways and National Geographic magazines. He has published nine wilderness advocacy books, including Frog Mountain Blues, The Sonoran Desert, Stone Canyons of the Colorado Plateau, and Desert: The Mojave and Death Valley. Download Now »
Our Beautiful, Fragile World features a career-spanning look at the images of photojournalist Peter Essick taken while on assignment for National Geographic magazine. In this book, Essick showcases a diverse series of photographs from some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world and documents major contemporary environmental issues, such as climate change and nuclear waste.
Each photograph is accompanied by commentary on the design process of the image, Essick’s personal photographic experiences, and informative highlights from the research he completed for each story. Our Beautiful, Fragile World takes the reader on a journey around the globe, from the Oulanka National Park near the Arctic Circle in Finland to the Adelie penguin breeding grounds in Antarctica.
Our Beautiful, Fragile World will interest photographers of all skill levels. It carries an important message about conservation, and the photographs provide a compelling look at our environment that will resonate with people of all ages who care about the state of the natural world.
Foreword by Jean-Michel Cousteau.
About the Author
Recently named by Outdoor Photography magazine as one of the 40 most influential nature photographers, Peter Essick has traveled extensively over the last two decades Download Now »
Ruby is a powerful programming language with a focus on simplicity, but beneath its elegant syntax it performs countless unseen tasks.
Ruby Under a Microscope gives you a hands-on look at Ruby’s core, using extensive diagrams and thorough explanations to show you how Ruby is implemented (no C skills required). Author Pat Shaughnessy takes a scientific approach, laying out a series of experiments with Ruby code to take you behind the scenes of how programming languages work. You’ll even find information on JRuby and Rubinius (two alternative implementations of Ruby), as well as in-depth explorations of Ruby’s garbage collection algorithm.
Ruby Under a Microscope will teach you:
- How a few computer science concepts underpin Ruby’s complex implementation
- How Ruby executes your code using a virtual machine
- How classes and modules are the same inside Ruby
- How Ruby employs algorithms originally developed for Lisp
- How Ruby uses grammar rules to parse and understand your code
- How your Ruby code is translated into a different language by a compiler
No programming language needs to be a black box. Whether you’re already intrigued by language implementation or just want to dig deeper into Ruby, you’ll find Ruby Under a Microscope Download Now »