In the past few years we have seen 3D printing elevated from the odd-ball to a sophisticated engineering process in wide use. Indeed, so rapid has the rise been that anyone thinking about using the technology, or even making a desktop 3D printing machine, can find a bewildering amount of information now on the internet.

For those model engineers that also embrace the ‘experimental’ in the names of most of our model engineering societies it is an exciting development in its own right. But it has its uses for the average swarf maker as well. Many of the castings you buy today were probably made from 3D printed patterns. As materials improve and add to the scope of the process, there will no doubt be many more applications for model engineers.

So, it will probably be important one day.

So best get up to speed.

Oliver Bothmann’s 3D-Printers - A Beginner’s Guide has just been published by Special Interest Model Books, publishers of that wonderful series of numbered how-to little books for model engineers. For anyone needing a quick, easy to understand guide to the whole process, this will be a useful buy. It concentrates on 3D printing at home.

This 125 page paperback clearly sets out the basics of the technology, the knowledge required and information on materials used. Home printing hardware (including machine kits)and software are described, with practical hints and tips. 

Inevitably, with a fast-developing technology much that is new will have to be considered by anyone moving into 3D. However, this book covers the basics which will prepare you for your own needs as they develop.



A Beginner’s Guide

By Oliver Bothmann

Special Interest Model Books