3D Printing with Autodesk: Create and Print 3D Objects with 123D, AutoCAD and Inventor eBook

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3D Printing with Autodesk: Create and Print 3D Objects with 123D, AutoCAD and Inventor eBook

By John Biehler, Bill Fane
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3D Printing with Autodesk  covers everything the reader needs to know -- even absolute beginners, and even if for readers who do not own a 3D printer. This book takes students all the way from idea to physical object in practically no time. One of the few 3D printing books that also focuses on the project design, it's packed with full-colour photos and screen shots that make 3D printing easier than it's ever been before. Step by step, the authors cover the full Autodesk 123D suite, as well as alternative tools from Autodesk and other software companies.

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John Biehler has been writing online about technology since 1999. An avid photographer and generally curious geek, he discovered 3D printing a number of years ago and built his first 3D printer shortly thereafter. Since then, he has been actively sharing his knowledge about the technology with thousands of people at various events and conferences in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest, on television and radio, as well as online through his website. He cofounded a Vancouver-area group of 3D printer builders and enthusiasts that has grown exponentially since it started and as the technology heads toward the mainstream.

Bill Fane was a product engineer and then product engineering manager for Weiser Lock in Vancouver, British Columbia, for 27 years and holds 12 U.S. patents. He is a retired Professional Engineer and an Autodesk Authorized Training Centre (ATC) certified instructor. He began teaching mechanical design in 1996 at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Vancouver, including such courses as AutoCAD, Mechanical Desktop, Inventor, SolidWorks, machine design, term projects, manufacturing processes, and design procedures. He retired from this position in 2008. He has lectured on a wide range of AutoCAD and Inventor subjects at Autodesk University since 1995 and at Destination Desktop since 2003. He was the AUGI CAD Camp National Team instructor for the manufacturing track.

  • Packed with full-colour photos and screen shots
  • Covers the full Autodesk 123D suite, including Design, Catch, and Creature (as well as AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, and alternative tools)
  • One of the few 3D printing tutorials that also focuses on project design
  • No technical background required, and 3D printer ownership not required: covers how to use third-party printing services
Table of contents
  • Chapter 1 The Rise of 3D Printing
  • Chapter 2 Basic Principles of 3D Printing
  • Chapter 3 123D Creature for iPad
  • Chapter 4 Creating 3D Objects with Cameras and 123D Catch
  • Chapter 5 Introducing 123D Design for iPad
  • Chapter 6 123D Design Exercises for iPad
  • Chapter 7 Workspace Basics of 123D Design for Mac and PC
  • Chapter 8 123D Design Exercises for Mac and PC
  • Chapter 9 Preparing 3D Models for Printing
  • Chapter 10 The Difference Between Surface and Solid Models
  • Chapter 11 Why and How to Use 3D Printing
  • Chapter 12 Designing Easy-to-Print Parts
  • Chapter 13 Designing Multipart Models to Print Preassembled
  • Chapter 14 Exporting Models to a 3D Printer
  • Chapter 15 Using Inventor to Print Directly to Third-Party 3D Printing Services
  • Chapter 16 Using a Third-Party 3D Printing Service Bureau
  • Chapter 17 The Future of 3D Printing