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3D Printing Design : Additive manufacturing and the materials revolution
Bloomsbury Visual Arts

3D Printing Design : Additive manufacturing and the materials revolution

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3D Printing Design
Author(s): Francis Bitonti

To work with the materials of tomorrow, design students across visual arts disciplines need to understand the cutting edge of today. Whether you're modelling in interiors, designing in fashion or constructing for interiors, in your work or as part of a final project, 3D Printing design is an encouraging guide to additive manufacturing within design disciplines. Francis Bitonti gives an insider's view from his design studio on how 3D printing is already shaking up the industry, and where it's likely to go next. Complete with interviews from designers, business owners and 3D-print experts throughout, Bitonti considers whether 3D body scans mean couture for all, how rapid prototyping can change your design method and if 3D printing materials can enhance medical design, amongst other areas of this emerging method of manufacture. This is inspirational reading for the designers of tomorrow.


“I highly recommend this book to any designers wanting to delve deeper into the world of 3D printing. It is full of great ideas and case studies, and successfully introduces additive manufacturing from the ground up, sharing the author's insight, passion and involvement in emerging trends.” —Anatol Just, Digital Manufacturing Technical Demonstrator, London Metropolitan University, UK

“Francis Bitonti's luminous book calls attention to the extraordinary opportunities afforded in this dazzling era of disruptive technology, painting a breathtaking portrait of a bold new world.” —Evan Douglis, Dean, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

“A consistent investigation of the emerging fields at the crossroads of fashion, technology and architecture... literature is currently lacking a serious and structured book that engages with production technologies and computational design with a precise emphasis on 3D printed fashion. It is a unique instrument for the understanding of the third industrial revolution. I would strongly recommend this book to my students. *proposal review” —Niccolo Casas, R.I.S.D. Rhode Island School of Design, USA / Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, UK

“Its greatest strength is that it's written from the perspective of a fashion insider with the technical chops to create beyond the fashion world. His insight is incomparable and there is no better source than Francis Bitonti to cite this kind of work. I can't think of any other book that specifically focuses on 3D printing for fashion. This book is necessary for the future of the field, and is also very forward-thinking. Its approach to 3D printing as a challenge to modern-day industrial conventions is also interesting and provides a theoretical background to the functional topics. *proposal review” —Antonius Wiriadjaja, Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor at New York University, USA

“Fills a void in terms of educational texts: there is no direct competitor that I know of on this admittedly focused topic. This is one of the first texts to address emerging design and fabrication techniques in the fashion industry. By coupling both topics, the book merges these formerly discrete activities into a cohesive single process. *proposal review” —Fleet Hower, Lecturer, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, USA

ISBN:  9781350065529