Top positive review
Improved 2020 version is great...
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2019
I have been 3D printing since 2017. I have seen lots of books on 3D printers that often were little more than authors telling you what you should buy and why. Few books I have read have actually inspired me to write glowing reviews.
But in 2019, I bought this book and loved it. While it is geared primarily to newbys to 3D printing, I found material helpful to me and my 3 years of experience. His method of writing is like getting tips from someone that is mentoring you. He presents materials on resource lists of what you need and where to get it, lists of pictures and problems that can occur and more importantly how to solve them.
It should be understood this book is only for FDM standard 3D printers. It's not going to help you much with laser or SLA resin printers which are totally different from most 3D printers. The knowledge he gives you is not on any particular brand but just tips and tricks on printing better. It covers all aspects of FDM 3D printing. FDM printers are those that use a spool of filament thread, run through a hot end to layer by layer build a model.
I had been so impressed with his 2019 version that I updated to the 2020 version and found many new pages of info was added to bring this up to about 290 pages. I will keep this book near my 3D printers as a reference as I learned things that even my 3 years of experience did not give me. Between the author and the editor, they have over 100,000 hours of 3D printing experience because they both have worked in the industry for some time. The author Sean Aranda is better know on YouTube as The 3D Print General and has a thriving channel of interesting tips and tricks and printing.
If you want to learn more about 3D printing before, during, or well into the 3D printing hobby, this book will help get you past the pitfalls of what to do, and how to use a 3D printer properly, maintain it, and to wisely choose materials to use. It gives you images of what common failures look like and tips on how to fix them. And the wisdom he passes on isn't outdated info but rather the most current info of the year. I whole-heartedly recommend this 2020 version book!