Low-Cost 3D printing: Free Book from ICTP, Trieste, Italy

While working hard for the workshop that will be held next week at ICTP (I promise a full coverage!) the organizing committee has collected all the contributions of the scientists and 3d-print ethusiasts that will take part at the workshop and prepared an ebook on low cost 3D printing.

The book opens with information on the different hardware, software and consumables needed, then moves on to various articles on the applications of 3D printing for science, education, art and sustainable development.

You can download the pdf from the ICTP website


And here you can read the press release

A Guide to the Third Dimension


(Trieste, Italy, 29 April 2013) -The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) announces the release of a free, downloadable book on a new technology that has the potential to revolutionize science, education and sustainable development: three-dimensional (3D) printing.

The book, titled “Low-cost 3D Printing for Science, Education and Sustainable Development”, offers a practical guide to this rapidly evolving technology, giving an overview of current research on the topic and its uses in science education. It was compiled and edited by ICTP’s Science Dissemination Unit  (SDU) and can be downloaded free of cost from the website


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. As an institute dedicated to promoting sustainable science in the developing world, ICTP is prepared to advance the adoption of 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.

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.

ICTP opened its own 3D printing facility on 27 February 2013, when it inaugurated its 3D Printing Lab. The Lab will take center stage at an international workshop organized by the book’s editors -with the participation of book’s authors and attendees from developing countries, to take place in Trieste from 6 to 8 May 2013 and aimed to create awareness about 3D printing and its applications to science, education and development.

Media contact: ICTP Science Dissemination Unit: sdu@ictp.it

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