3D Printing, proclaimed by some as a symbol for the third industrial revolution, has been a very hot topic in recent years. While there are literally over one thousand books about 3D printing that are currently available for sale on Amazon.com, what sets this book apart, I believe, is its comprehensiveness. It covers a broad range of topics from 3D printing principles, hardware, digitization/modeling, to practices. In particular, it emphasizes the software aspect of 3D printing, which is 3D digitalization and modeling. There is no 3D printer that can produce a 3D object without a digital 3D model. This software, i.e., modeling, aspect is somehow overlooked by many 3D printing literatures. I am very happy to see a book that gives a comprehensive and balance treatment of all aspects involved in the 3D printing pipeline.
This book is well suited for both beginners and intermediate practitioners. Beginners can learn the basic principles of 3D printing involving both hardware and software. For intermediate practitioners, who already know the basics, this book provides an under-the-hood view of 3D printing hardware and modeling software. In this regard, this book is particularly useful for innovators who want to develop the next kill-app for 3D printing. The various modeling tools and optimization algorithms introduced in this book are the building blocks for 3D printing applications, such as 3D photography, which is used as the driving example.
The author of this book, Dr. Wu, is an expert in 3D modeling and its applications to 3D printing. The writing style is easy to follow, with many examples and references to related literatures. It is a joy for me to read this book. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in learning 3D printing and applications.
Professor, University of Kentucky