Unveiling the Book of the Week: Exploring Additive Manufacturing Technologies


Additive Manufacturing Technologies

This week’s selection is “Additive Manufacturing Technologies” by Ian Gibson.

There are plenty of introductory books for 3D printing and additive manufacturing, but this just might be the best of the lot. That is, if you want to get a picture of the entire space, not just within one sub-space of the technology.

The book assumes you know literally nothing about additive manufacturing, and starts right at the beginning with a long review of the “generic” additive manufacturing process. This review of digital manufacturing explains how every 3D printer operates, and sets up all subsequent discussions. There’s even a short bit explaining the difference between “stereolithography” and “3D printing”, and a comparison with conventional making technologies.

Subsequently, the book delves profoundly into every significant 3D printing process, which includes:

  • Vat polymerization
  • Powder bed fusion
  • Material extrusion
  • Material jetting
  • Binder jetting
  • Sheet lamination
  • Directed energy deposition
  • Direct write technologies
  • Hybrid additive manufacturing

This isn’t just a surface-level explanation. For instance, the vat polymerization segment spans an amazing 44 pages, demonstrating the extensive detail examined in this book.

There’s also a succinct chapter that investigates the impact of inexpensive additive manufacturing systems, and how they influence innovation, intellectual property, along with other issues.

There are further chapters in the book that delve into the procedure of choosing machinery to suit the demands of any assignment, an extended discourse on the sorts of materials and the computer programs engaged in additive fabrication.

The book concludes with a portion on how to create 3D layouts for additive manufacturing.

This is without a doubt the most exhaustive book I have encountered on the subject of additive manufacturing, and it would be highly suited for technology pioneers desiring to gain a profound understanding of all the present technologies.

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