Translation of the book “Accessible 3D Printing for Science, Education and Sustainable Development”, 2013

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Hi, Habrahabists.
When I indicated the hub for the article, I found out that as many as 23,774 people signed articles on 3D printers.

For the first time I learned about a book from an article . The original version of the book was published under a Creative Commons license and was made publicly available by specialists of the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Abdus Salam in Trieste (Italy) in April 2013.

The book is located on the siteCenter: It can be downloaded both in a compact size and in good quality. There is also a multimedia version for iPad owners (if anyone has the opportunity to see what this version is like, please write about your impressions, because the promised * .ePub version is “Coming soon” so far). The authors also uploaded a version of the book to the main library of 3D printers Thingiverse .

The book is currently the most complete, relevant, detailed and rich source of knowledge about budget / personal 3D printers and 3D printing. The book tells about the history of 3D printing, about the types of printers (and the advantages of budget printers over industrial ones), printing methods, 3D CAD modeling programs (and the advantages of paid and free programs), gives basic definitions of 3D printing, and tells about the various methods of using personal 3D printers , tells about how recycling plastic waste can improve the environment and create useful things, about how to learn 3D printing of children. I dare say that a representative of any profession with the help of this book will understand and find for himself the advantages of 3D printing and feel all the potential that it contains!

Book's contents:

  • 1. Affordable 3D printing for science, education and sustainable development
  • 2. 3D printing: glossary
  • 3. A Practical Guide to Your First 3D Printing
  • 4. The role of free software and hardware in revolutionary 3D printing
  • 5. Plug'n'Play, DIY kits and pre-assembled 3D printers
  • 6. RepRap, Slic3r and the future of 3D printing
  • 7. 3D modeling with OpenSCAD - Part 1
  • 8. 3D modeling with OpenSCAD - Part 2
  • 9. Visualize math using 3D printers
  • 10. Science and art: periodic mosaics
  • 11. The printed model of the ALICE detector from CERN
  • 12. Large format 3D printing: from the deep sea to the moon
  • 13. Trabecular bone modeling through 3D printing of physical copies
  • 14. Using 3D printers at school: experiment
  • 15. Prehistoric collections and 3D printing for education
  • 16. 3D printing in art installations
  • 17. From mathematics to jewelry: an example
  • 18. 3D Printing in Developing Countries: Lessons Learned from Techfortrade 3D4D
  • 19. 3D-printed anatomical copies for educational and medical purposes for dental surgery: practical projects in terms of sustainable development
  • 20. Endless plastic design


I really want all this innovative knowledge in our native language to be available to all those who strive to make the world a better place, to all creative, unconventionally thinking, to everyone who sees in the future of our country only a bright and worthy future. This book is for creators. The book after the end of the translation and bringing to the venerable form will be posted in free public access in accordance with the license and in agreement with the authors of the book. All participants in the translation will be listed in the appropriate section (agreed with the authors of the book).

What is done

At the moment, there is a draft translation of the book, partially machine, partially translated by amateurs. Opening the translation for universal uncontrolled access, I hope that everyone who is not indifferent to the topic of 3D printers and 3D printing will correct or offer his own version of at least one paragraph of the book. So the transfer can be completed in record time.


Since the number of people who responded to a request for help after publishing the topic of translation at the Roboforum ( separate topic ), the rep-rap community and the VKontakte community of the same name , hardly exceeded 5 people, to expedite the translation, the author of the article and his closest associate invested their own funds to transfer. The translation was done by a translator not a specialist in 3D printing, so you need to re-read everything well, and the more independent opinions there are, the better the book will end up. Information is rapidly losing relevance, it would be a shame if all the effort and money were wasted.

I ask all concerned, with a little free time to contribute to the translation of this wonderful book. I also plan to coordinate with the authors and add chapter 21 to the book on achievements in 3D printer building and printing in our country, it seems to me that this will be useful for Russian localization of the book.

A section on translating a book on a notabenoid site . This is where translation work is in full swing. The user-friendly interface of the site and a couple of plug-ins for Chrome (such as Yandex.Translation ) create a favorable friendly atmosphere for translators, editors and just readers.

Any suggestions, wishes and assistance on the implementation of the project are welcome.

Update 04.17.14
Hurray! The book saw the light!

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