"3-D Printing" is a new Techbytes series title about the innovative effects of 3-D printing, or stereolithography. Using selective laser sintering, or directed heat shaping powers on the e-D printing substance, such as silica sand, the 3-D printer creates solid objects as duplicates or copies of an original. This fascinating and important technology is fast developing into a most important component of modern culture, and its impact is multiple and varied. From making objects for home consumption to improving the lives of the handicapped and disabled, the implications of 3-D printing are huge. The issue of using stereolithography to create guns is also discussed, along with the creation of 3-D junk. The future of 3-D printing remains bright, and millennials who are makers will continue to scope out new roles and uses for this fascinating new technology. Written for 8-12 year old readers, "3-D Printing" offers an excellent 3-balanced summary of the state of this ne w technological development in our culture. " 3-D Printing" is completed with a glossary of terms and list of resources for more information, including books and websites. Additional titles in the Techbytes series that are also highly recommended include: "Artificial Eyes (9781599537610)," by Barbara Sheen, "Wearable Robots (9781599537603)," by Carla Mooney, and "Self-Driving Car (9781599537627)," by Stephen Currie.
The Midwest Book Review, February 2017
Did you know that 3–D printing has been done in space aboard the International Space Station to make tools and that custom candy has been crafted at Hershey’s Chocolate World through 3–D printing? This book stands out with new and engaging information on 3–D printing challenging students and teachers alike to continue reading in an effort to discover the fascinating details related to each fact!
Within four chapters, 3–D Printing captivates readers by inviting them to explore the beginning of 3–D printing, travel through to its present, and finally focus on its promising future. In addition, each chapter includes specific sections with “Did you know” information as well as innovative accounts separated from the regular text. Another extraordinary feature of this book relates to the vivid graphics that are provided throughout its pages. Vibrant, real life images capture representations of these created 3–D objects ranging from piggy banks and clothing to cars and prosthetics. The visuals and detailed descriptions complement each other.
This book can be utilized by elementary and middle school students to provide background information on 3–D printing. Students may complete a timeline highlighting its advancements through the years. Teachers may select this book as a read aloud at the beginning of a unit on inventions/technology or students can read individually. The use of bolded words that are defined in the glossary serves to make concepts clearer and enhance vocabulary. Should teachers or students need more information, the last few pages of the book provide additional resources and websites. This book is definitely worth buying! With current information and stunning visuals, it will certainly arouse students’ curiosity and challenge them to continue exploring the amazing world of 3–D printing.
NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) Sept 2016