Zero to Maker (2013, David Lang): "Zero to Maker is Lang's story of going from a curious onlooker to active participant in the maker movement. He shared the most important lessons he learned, and how the experience helped him start OpenROV...." As a novice myself, I found Lang's story quite compelling and inspiring! I appreciate his honesty (in his own story) and practical tips, including how to document your process, etc. - even a suggested email format for reaching out to expert makers. Peppered throughout are excellent quotes and diagrams, many of which I plan to share with my students. Here is one such relevant set of equations from his section about "valuing the process":
Buying = Thing
Making= Thing + Learning + Story
For more on his story, you can check out David's website.Buying (Fail) = Crappy Thing
Making (Fail) = Crappy Thing + Learning + Story
Fabricated (2013, Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman): A great, comprehensive introduction to 3D printing. It begins with chapters 1 - 4, which look at the disruptive power of 3D printing, and its current impact on and potential in manufacturing, economics, and life. Chapters 5 & 6 give the how-to of 3D printing, focusing on the (printing) hardware and (designing) software.
The next few chapters I found most intriguing! A chapter on bio-printing, another on "digital cuisine," and a chapter on 3D printing in the classroom. The last few chapters deal with 3D printing's artistic potential, its environmental impact, and legal issues. Finally, chapters 13 & 14 look towards the future of 3D printing.
Interested in making your own Makerspace at your school? Download the Makerspace Handbook to get started! By the organizers of Make magazine, this comprehensive guide provides material lists, safety guidelines, case-studies and more!
3D Printing Industry's Free Beginner Guide to 3D Printing (2014) with sections:
- 3D Printing Basics
- 3D Printing History
- 3D Printing Technology
- 3D Printing Processes
- 3D Printing Materials
- 3D Printing Global Effects
- 3D Printing Benefits & Value
- 3D Printing Applications
- 3D Printing Glossary