May.1, 2013

For preparing for the First International Workshop on "Low-cost 3D Printing for Science, Education & Sustainable Development" held in Trieste, Italy in 2013, the ICTP Science Dissemination Unit (SDU) has released a free, downloadable e-book which collects all the contributions of the scientists and 3D printing ethusiasts that will take part in the workshop.

The book, titled "Low-cost 3D Printing for Science, Education and Sustainable Development", offers a practical guide to this rapidly evolving 3D printing technology, giving an overview of current research on the topic and its uses in science education.

The purpose of this activity was to discuss and create awareness on the new 3D printing through demonstrations on a number of available competing technologies, as well as presentations of ongoing research into new applications. Special focus was given to the applicability of 3D printing to promote appropriate technologies for sustainable development, scientific research and education.

The book is divided into four main sections:

  • A detailed view on the technology with information on how to create a 3Dprinted object, the related open source hardware and software, the kits available in the market today, and a glimpse at future projects;
  • Applications of 3D printing in scientific fields ranging from mathematics, physics to archaeology, space science, and medicine;
  • Innovative ways for the technology to be used in education;
  • A glimpse of the immense potential the low-cost 3D technology can have on sustainable development including plastic recycling.

The affordable and easy-to-use technology is good news for developing countries, where 3D printing could open up exciting opportunities for research, education and humanitarian projects. The event organizer, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) is an institute dedicated to promoting sustainable science in the developing world and wants to adopt this technology in these regions. The book's editors - Enrique Canessa, Carlo Fonda and Marco Zennaro - want readers to understand and explore the huge potential that 3D technology provides.

ICTP opened its own 3D printing facility on 27 February 2013, when it inaugurated its 3D Printing Lab. The International workshop organized by the book's editors - with the participation of book's authors and attendees from developing countries, will take place in Trieste from 6 to 8 May 2013.

The book can be downloaded for free from the ICTP website.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Low-cost 3D Printing for Science, Education and Sustainable Development
    by Enrique Canessa
  • 3D Printing: Glossary
  • Low-cost 3D Printing
  • A Practical Guide to Your First 3D Print
    by Carlo Fonda
  • The Role of Open Source Software and Hardware in the 3D Printing Revolution
    by Marco Zennaro
  • Plug-n-Play, Do-It-Yourself Kits and Pre-assembled 3D Printers
    by Gaya Fior
  • Reprap, Slic3r and the Future of 3D Printing
    by Alessandro Ranellucci
  • 3D Modeling with OpenSCAD - Part 1
    by Sebastian Büttrich
  • 3D Modeling with OpenSCAD - Part 2
    by Marius Kintel
  • Low-cost 3D Printing for Science
  • Illustrating Mathematics using 3D Printers
    by Oliver Knill, Elizabeth Slavkovsky
  • Science and Art: Periodic Tessellations
    by Gian Carlo Ghirardi
  • Printable ALICE 3D Models at CERN
    by Stefan Rossegger
  • Large Scale 3D Printing: from Deep Sea to the Moon
    by Valentina Colla, Enrico Dini
  • Trabecular Bone Modeling with Support of 3D Printing of Physical Replicas
    by Waldir L. Roque
  • Low-cost 3D Printing for Education
  • Using 3D Printers at School: the Experience of
    by Gregor Lütolf
  • Prehistoric Collections and 3D Printing for Education
    by Louise Leakey, Tatjana Dzambazova
  • 3D Printing in Art Installations
    by Daniel Pietrosemoli
  • From Math to Jewel: an Example
    by Gaya Fior
  • Low-cost 3D Printing for Sustainable Development
  • 3D Printing in the Developing World: Learning from Techfortrade’s 3D4D Challenge
    by William Hoyle
  • 3D Printed Anatomic Replicas for Medical and Educational Purposes in Dental Surgery: Practical Projects from a Sustainable Development Point of View
    by Paolo Rossi, Carlo Campana
  • Perpetual Plastic Project
    by Jonas Martens, Laura Klauss


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