3D Printing for Architects with MakerBot by Matthew B. Stokes

By Matthew B. Stokes

Build state of the art structure layout initiatives with MakerBot Replicator 1, 2, or 2X


  • Intelligently layout a version to be imprinted on the MakerBot from the scratch
  • Make the MakerBot replicator be just right for you, automating projects and doing submit processing on MakerBot output
  • Full of functional suggestions, tips, and step by step directions to effectively layout your version with MakerBot

In Detail

Recently we’ve noticeable purchaser 3D printing gaining traction. the ability of 3D printing is very large and its functions are possible endless—medicine, structure, and meals, to call a couple of. Incorporating 3D printing into your layout cycle reduces total venture charges and lowers venture period, because it enables quick prototype iterations and fast, extra descriptive suggestions. 3D printing appears to be like to revolutionize smooth production and the know-how is enhancing in leaps and limits every day.

"3D Printing for Architects with MakerBot" strives to provide you an excellent beginning for what MakerBot can do. It bargains a hands-on approach to know about how 3D printing works, and the way you should use its robust gains to supply nice prints. With this e-book, you'll examine every thing you must find out about designing and printing architectural types utilizing the MakerBot Replicator 2X and the way to include a number of components and hues from designs created via you and the community.

"3D Printing for Architects with MakerBot" will take you thru a few transparent, functional examples for you to train you the way to liberate the facility of your MakerBot Replicator 2X and the MakerBot group. it is going to allow you to create versions composed of a number of elements and colors that are 3D printer prepared.

You also will know about the different sorts of 3D printing and the background top as much as the acquisition of MakerBot through Stratasys. you are going to have a look into the main points of 3D printing software program, studying the way to convert your 3D CAD version right into a actual 3D prototype and the way quite a few recommendations will impact your print. you'll then create extra complex architectural types with components created to slot jointly which are designed both through you or from the broad group libraries stumbled on on Thingiverse and GrabCAD. so one can tips on how to achieve the higher give up the contest through developing architectural prototypes utilizing 3D printing, then this can be the publication for you.

What you are going to research from this book

  • Modify and orient types in Makerware
  • Reduce warpage in the course of prints
  • Discover the effect of print settings and different positive aspects on total quality
  • Use twin extruder for multi-colour printing
  • Create complicated assemblies using part tolerancing
  • Learn how you can layout for assembly
  • Incorporate flexibility into your designs
  • Find and regulate versions from Thingiverse and GrabCAD
  • Scale for a tradeoff among time and precision


This is a hands-on instructional for a person to develop into well-versed with 3D printing utilizing MakerBots.

Who this ebook is written for

"3D Printing for Architects with MakerBot" is perfect for architects seeking to developing attractive prototypes utilizing the MakerBot Replicator 2X 3D printer. Having event utilizing 3D CAD software program is helpful yet now not helpful as this booklet mentions numerous diversified CAD applications for rookies, as much as these extra complex clients who're might be trying to find extra features.

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What's most important while applying the slurry to the Kapton tape is roughly covering the entire area of the print and not having too thick of a layer. Spaces or voids between the slurry are fine. We don't want to apply too thick of a layer, else we risk changing the print height. The following image shows the maximal amount of slurry you would lay; anymore is too much, and you can thin it by carefully applying some acetone: Slurry maximal thickness You'll notice after about 10 minutes of sitting on the build platform that the slurry will harden as the acetone evaporates.

I'd like to thank my parents for being so supportive, my good friend Sean Watson for continually fueling my interest in 3D printing, and my girlfriend Meghan Piccinin for helping push me to complete this book. About the Reviewers Dong-Joo Kim is an architectural designer, LEED AP currently living and practicing in New York City. She completed her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, in 2009 and has worked as a designer and 3D visualization instructor in several countries around the world, including Singapore and Germany.

This is known as Freeform Surface Modeling. For our purposes, we will be utilizing the first approach, Solid Modeling, as this more closely relates to our architectural design applications. Design practices We touched on a few design practices briefly in Chapter 1, A Primer on 3D Printing, in the MakerBot Replicator 2X limitations section, which we will now expand upon by using examples for several different design scenarios. What's most important is to consider that the printer functions by taking a 3D model, slicing it into n number of 2D layers, and applying material in areas specified by the cross-section.

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