Additive Fabrication Source Book Published
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Additive Fabrication Source Book Published

ARLINGTON, Massachusetts. - November 23, 2005 - Castle Island Co. announces the publication of "Printing the Future - The 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping Source Book" by Ed Grenda.

Over the last five years, hundreds of thousands of people have read this book. The illustrations, tables and text have been the basis for scores of presentations, magazine articles and handbook chapters. But this printed publication marks the first opportunity anyone has had to hold the book in his or her hand in its entirety. That's because these chapters originally appeared on the Internet as tutorial and commercial sections of The Worldwide Guide to Rapid Prototyping web-site.

All the material appearing in the book has been updated and supplemented. Each chapter stands alone and can be read with understanding without the need for reading the others. "Printing the Future" provides tools for readers to quickly determine if additive fabrication offers advantages - and what limitations the technologies might present in any application.

The entire field of additive fabrication is explained in simple conversational language - from the basic technologies to more than twenty case studies chosen as thought-provoking examples of what people have already done with additive fabrication. The book describes the enormous range of applications under development and their very great potential to affect human life in many parallel ways.

"Printing the Future" is the most thorough and complete book available on 3D printing. It has more than 210 pages, more than 220 illustrations and nearly 20 tables. It's easy to read for non-technical individuals and includes a comprehensive glossary, acronym list and index. These features demystify the often confusing terminology and jargon of this field. An extensive directory of the most important industry resources is also provided, including addresses, phone numbers and web sites for companies and organizations mentioned in the text. The oversized 8.5 x 11 inch pages contain more information than a smaller book of more than 400 pages.

There is no doubt that 3D printing will be used in the not too distant future to manufacture parts and products of every description and kind without limit to complexity. Additive fabrication is poised for major growth as individuals from all walks of life become more familiar with it and apply it to an ever-widening range of problems. "Printing the Future" provides easy entry to the field for technologists and non-specialists alike.

The complete Table of Contents, Index and much of the text can be found at:

Book Information
Title: Printing the Future - The 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping Source Book
Author: Ed Grenda
Publisher: Castle Island Co., 19 Pondview Road, Arlington, MA 02474 USA; 781-646-6280 (voice or fax); Email: Email Contact;
Pricing and other details: 210 pages, 220+ illustrations, approximately 20 tables; Size: 8.5 x 11 inches; Price: US$34.95 plus shipping and handling.

Ed Grenda is the founder and editor of The Worldwide Guide to Rapid Prototyping web-site. Previously Ed founded and was the CEO of Cambridge Technology, Inc., the world's leading manufacturer of optical scanning instrumentation and now a division of Excel Laser. Ed was also the first VP of Engineering of the company that has evolved into the GSI Group, Inc. The company is now one of the largest electro-optics manufacturers in the world with annual sales of more than $300 million.

He holds several US patents, MSEE and BSEE degrees from Northeastern University and several industry honors, including an R&D/100 award for optical scanning technology. He has published numerous technical papers and articles in the fields of servo systems, laser displays, optical scanning and rapid prototyping, and was a major contributor for several years to the Wohlers Report, the definitive annual progress report of the RP industry.

Additive fabrication processes typically known as Rapid Prototyping (RP), 3D Printing, Solid Freeform Fabrication (SFF), or by the names of the technologies themselves such as stereolithography, have become important tools for mechanical design, manufacturing, surgery, art and architecture and many other fields.

The Worldwide Guide to Rapid Prototyping web-site is by far the world's largest web-site dedicated to the field. It's a definitive source for complete, up to date information on every facet of rapid prototyping, rapid manufacturing and rapid tooling. The site also has extensive tutorials, news links, in-depth coverage of technology and products, as well as exhaustive listings for rapid prototyping service bureaus.

For further information, please contact:

Ed Grenda
Castle Island Co.
19 Pondview Road
Arlington, MA 02474 USA
781-646-6280 (voice or fax)
Email Contact (email)

The Worldwide Guide to Rapid Prototyping

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