I don't give a lot of 5 star reviews, but this arrived last night, and I'm done reading it because I couldn't put it down. I've bought a number of books on CNC/Machine Design and this one lays out the essentials - even for general machine construction - better than any other book I own. Reading the author's bio post reading the book, it says part of his career has been as an educator, and that really comes through with how well the material is organized and presented.
A few keys : 1) COLOR GRAPHICS : All of my other mechatronics/ME related books print in black and white, and with certain things - like seeing various parts clearly in a complex assembly, the color printing is clutch.
2) SIZING : everything in this book is big, which at first glance seems like a waste of space, but when you start analyzing the images linked to the text, it makes linking the two things easier.
3) PRACTICAL : Plenty of abstract theory, but practical examples of practice and great explanations of trade-offs with various design choices. Unlike a lot of other Maker-style books, you can tell the author has actually spent time paying attention to the industry, and to the details of his craft.
4) NO SPIN : You won't find a single product or company being pushed - good survey of what's on the market, and I loved the early section on "getting what you pay for" - i.e. knock-offs. He tells it like it is.
5) ALMOST NO MATH : Although I would have liked to see some math/equations, maybe for things like picking a stepper... he's able to explain the concepts clearly without it, where other texts bog down concepts with unclear intermingling of formulas. For some this might be good, others might want to see the math. If it wasn't so well written otherwise, I would say this is detrimental, but for most entry level readers, it will probably actually be helpful, less daunting, more encouraging...
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Great introduction to the essentials, graphically set-up to make understanding easy...13 July 2020 - Published on Amazon.com
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T from Long Island
An excellent book for the beginner to 3D printing and by extension, CNC machining3 July 2020 - Published on Amazon.com
A plethora of material also explanations as to why one thing is better than another, what are the disadvantages of one thing, common setups, and a plethora of color illustrations. A top-notch book and something that should be in the possession of anyone and everyone owning or planning to own a 3D printer. The only thing I can think to add is the history of 3D printers and what the first ones were like and how far we have come.
Seeking more knowledge27 January 2021 - Published on Amazon.com
This book dug into more of the design aspect. I enjoyed this book as some of the printers on Amazon come with huge flaws. This showed me too repair my printer, ain't the concepts and learn new skills
GREAT BOOK , GREAT , LOTS OF COLOR PICTURES ,28 July 2020 - Published on Amazon.com
We all know that a picture is better than 1000 words ..... this book is that .... BUT also are great in deep explanations ...my opinion is ***** YOU MUST HAVE IT *****
Good Comprehensive Source16 June 2020 - Published on Amazon.com
Well organized with good illustrations about fundamentals that go into a quality 3D printer. I spent a lot of time gathering information on the web for my custom 3D printer build. I wish I had found this before I ordered parts.
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