The 3D Printing Handbook: Technologies, design

The 3D Printing Handbook: Technologies, design and applications


The 3D Printing Handbook provides practical advice on selecting the right technology and how-to design for 3D printing, based upon first-hand experience from the industry’s leading experts.

In this book:

  • The mechanisms behind all major 3D printing technologies
  • The benefits and limitations of each technology
  • Decision making tools for technology selection
  • Actionable design advice and guidelines
  • Industry case studies from world-leading brands


 “An impressive job capturing the most important elements of 3D printing in an easy-to-understand and visually dynamic manner.”
– Michael Molitch-Hou,

“This book acts as a much-needed resource for designers and engineers at any level of experience to better understand [3D printing] technology.”
– Sarah Goehrke,

“Whether you are a novice or a well aged veteran, you will certainly find many things you don’t yet know in this book.”
– Kerry Stevenson,

“3D Hubs draw on the thousands of 3D printing hours they have clocked up and bring this experience to the reader”
– Michael Petch,

The 3D Printing Handbook is a beautifully designed new reference work from 3D Hubs”

The 3D Printing Handbook.Like others have said, if you are a beginner hoping to learn the basics of 3D printing then this book will be great for you. It covers a broad range of topics that are applicable to specific 3D printing technologies. So on that end, it’s a great book and I would give it 5 stars.

However, if you are like me and using 3D printing everyday and have been for years, this book will likely not be that helpful to you. I was expecting a more detailed book that really got into the weeds of 3D printing – acceleration speeds, microstepping, back-pressure issues, retraction settings, dual extrusion, direct drive vs. bowden setups, flow rates, etc. I just simply misunderstood the purpose of the book when I bought it. So as for a technical textbook I would only give it 3 stars.

So should you buy it? Well it depends. If you’re looking to learn about 3D printing and various applications and nothing more, then yes – by all means. But if you REALLY want to learn about 3D printing, skip the book, save up and buy an actual 3D printer. Getting your hands dirty with a cheap, open-source 3D printer is by far the best way to really learn the depths of 3D printing. Note: there will be times where you’ll want to bang your head against the wall, but it’s worth it.

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