A new book, titled “Low-cost 3D Printing for Science, Education and Sustainable Development”, has been released by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), and they have made it available for download absolutely free. Download a low-res or high-res version here.
Compiled and edited by ICTP’s Science Dissemination Unit (SDU), it offers a practical guide to 3D printing, giving an overview of current research and its uses in science education.
As an institute dedicated to promoting sustainable science in the developing world, ICTP and the book’s editors, Enrique Canessa, Carlo Fonda and Marco Zennaro, want to advance the adoption of 3D printing, and want readers of their book to understand and explore the huge potential that 3D technology provides.
The book is divided into four main sections:
- a detailed view on the technology with information on how to create a 3D printed 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.
On February 27 of this year, ICTP opened its own 3D printing facility in Trieste, Italy, called the 3D Printing Lab. And the books editors have organized an international workshop organized to take place in Trieste, Italy from May 6-8, 2013, aimed at creating awareness about 3D printing and its applications to science, education and development.