The technology for 3D printing has been around for many years but only recently have 3D printing machines become affordable for individuals or modeling societies. This has led to a rapidly expanding market among hobbyists and home users, offering the opportunity to design and build bespoke models of all kinds. This book provides an introduction to the subject with special emphasis on model railways.
The authors take readers through the principles of 3D drawing and a review of some of the 3D software packages available free of charge on the internet. A series of step-by-step instructions then guide the reader through the construction of lineside structures, rolling stock and locomotives. A section on the technology of 3D printing and practical advice on using a 3D printer follows, highlighting the pitfalls and how to avoid them. The final section introduces laser cutting and etching/engraving for the modeller, again with step-by-step examples.
The book is illustrated with over 300 color photos and diagrams, showing the reader in detail how to master the techniques needed to create excellent 3D models.
Even if you've never touched a 3D printer, these projects will excite and empower you to learn new skills, extend your current abilities, and awaken your creative impulses. Each project uses a unique combination of electronics, hand assembly techniques, custom 3D-printed parts, and software, while teaching you how to think through and execute your own ideas.
Written by the founder of Printrbot, his staff, and veteran DIY authors, this book of projects exemplifies the broad range of highly personalized, limit-pushing project possibilities of 3D printing when combined with affordable electronic components and materials.
In Make: 3D Printing Projects, you'll:
- Print and assemble a modular lamp that's suitable for beginners--and quickly gets you incorporating electronics into 3D-printed structures.
- Learn about RC vehicles by fabricating--and driving--your own sleek, shiny, and fast Inverted Trike.
- Model a 1950s-style Raygun Pen through a step-by-step primer on how to augment an existing object through rapid prototyping.
- Fabricate a fully functional, battery-powered screwdriver, while learning how to tear down and reconstruct your own tools.
- Get hands-on with animatronics by building your own set of life-like mechanical eyes.
- Make a Raspberry Pi robot that rides a monorail of string, can turn corners, runs its own web server, streams video, and is remote-controlled from your phone.
- Build and customize a bubble-blowing robot, flower watering contraption, and a DIY camera gimbal.
- Luna the Baby Dragon
- Lucy the Giraffe
- Schnitzel the Dachshund
- Dust Bunny
- Basil T. Koala
- Marcel Monkey
- Olive Octopus
- Bella la Batty
In this book, popular author Aaron Skinner provides a comprehensive guide to airbrushing. Inside this indispensable tool, scale modelers will find: • Advice for modeling armor, aircraft, automobiles, figures, ships, and more. • Hundreds of step-by-step photos. • Practical techniques every scale modeler should know.
This essential guide describes colors and markings for US Army Air Force fighters in the European and Mediterranean theaters of WWII. Major versions of all the classic fighters are featured including the P-51, P-47, P-40, and P-38. More than 300 illustrations show markings, nose art, and color schemes. Side profiles as well as top and bottom views, detail measurements and locations for insignia and other markings are included. With 140 photographs, the book makes an excellent reference for modelers and aviation buffs alike. Also included are color charts and informative sidebars.
Easy-to-learn techniques, arranged in order of difficulty, range from relatively simple models to complicated square-riggers. Starting with the construction of a half-hull ship model, the book advances to a whole-hull model and replicas of twelve vessels, with separate chapters on rigging, gear and furniture, and tools and materials.
The most impressive LEGO models often take careful planning (and lots of pieces), but with some inspiration, a little imagination, and a number of tried-and-true techniques, you too can turn bricks into a masterpiece.In The Art of LEGO(R) Design, author Jordan Schwartz explores LEGO as an artistic medium. This wide-ranging collection of creative techniques will help you craft your own amazing models as you learn to see the world through the eyes of some of the greatest LEGO builders. Each concept is presented with a collection of impressive models to spark your imagination--like fantastic dragons, futuristic spaceships, expressive characters, and elaborate dioramas.You'll discover some of the inventive techniques that LEGO artists use to:
-Create lifelike creatures from unusual elements like inside-out tires and minifigure capes
-Design sleek cars without showing a single stud
-Add ambience to dioramas with light bricks or LEDs
-Craft eye-catching textures to create cobblestone roads and brick walls
-Build sturdy, detailed, posable mechs and other figures
-Add depth with forced perspective and interesting silhouettes Interviews with the talented builders behind many of the book's models reveal their thoughts on the design process and what inspires them most. Even if you've been building with LEGO since you could crawl, you'll find new inspiration in The Art of LEGO(R) Design.
With its colorful, block-based interface, The LEGO(R) MINDSTORMS(R) EV3 programming language is designed to allow anyone to program intelligent robots, but its powerful features can be intimidating at first. The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming is a full-color, beginner-friendly guide designed to bridge that gap.Inside, you'll discover how to combine core EV3 elements like blocks, data wires, files, and variables to create sophisticated programs. You'll also learn good programming practices, memory management, and helpful debugging strategies--general skills that will be relevant to programming in any language. All of the book's programs work with one general-purpose test robot that you'll build early on. As you follow along, you'll program your robot to:
-React to different environments and respond to commands
-Follow a wall to navigate a maze
-Display drawings that you input with dials, sensors, and data wires on the EV3 screen
-Play a Simon Says-style game that uses arrays to save your high score
-Follow a line using a PID-type controller like the ones in real industrial systems The Art of LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming covers both the Home and Education Editions of the EV3 set, making it perfect for kids, parents, and teachers alike. Whether your robotics lab is the living room or the classroom, this is the complete guide to EV3 programming that you've been waiting for. Requirements: One LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Home OR Education set (#31313 OR #45544).
Nathan Sawaya is renowned for his incredible, sometimes surreal, sculptures and portraits--all made from LEGO bricks.The Art of the Brick is a stunning, full-color showcase of the work that has made Sawaya the world's most famous LEGO artist. Featuring hundreds of photos of his impressive art and behind-the-scenes details about how these creations came to be, The Art of the Brick is an inside look at how Sawaya transformed a toy into an art form. Follow one man's unique obsession and see the amazing places it has taken him.
Learn the reasons for including structures on your layout, then select and build the your own Photo-driven projects demonstrate the tools, materials, and techniques used when modeling plastic or wood structures. Offers techniques for realistic finishing, including painting, weathering, sign making, interior detailing, and more.