ADVANCED 3D PRINTING WITH GRASSHOPPER

ADVANCED 3D PRINTING WITH GRASSHOPPER 
CLAY and FDM
Friend and colleague, Gianluca Pugliese, is a professor of Digital Fabrication, Additive Manufacturing, and Sustainability. Pugliese is the manager of WASP Iberia and founder of LowPoly; a 3D printing company based in the implementation of sustainable materials. 
Co author, Diego Garcia Cuevas is an architect and professor of Architectural Geometry, Parametric Design and Design. He is the co-founder of the Controlmad Advanced Design Centre (Madrid). Together they have created Advanced 3D Printing with Grasshopper Clay and FDM a textbook for 3D printing and parametric design in Grasshopper!
What is parametric design and why is it so important? Parametric design refers to a 3D model that evolves as values and constraints are altered. Grasshopper is a Rhino plugin used to create parametric models using the example equation shown below.
  Images from Advanced 3D Printing with Grasshopper Clay and FDM, Diego Garcia
Cuevas and Gianluca Pugliese
While its name gives the allusion that this book is geared towards beginners, Advanced 3D Printing with Grasshopper Clay and FDM does a beautiful job at explaining file preparation, gcode, general clay and slicing softwares making it a great textbook for beginners alike! Using a 2040 WASP Clay Printer, Cuevas and Pugliese breakdown the importance of gcode, it's function and how to write code from scratch. Once explaining the basics of 3D printing as a whole, the book shifts gear into the introduction of Grasshopper. 
From polylines to points; vectors to breps, Advanced 3D Printing with Grasshopper Clay and FDM provides examples and explains how different operations are performed in relation to LDM (liquid deposition modeling) printing.
   Image from Advance 3D Printing with Grasshopper Clay and FDM, Diego Garcia Cuevas and Gianluca Pugliese
At PicoSolutions we love representing fellow WASPers as they share their experience and knowledge with those around them. Advanced 3D Printing with Grasshopper Clay and FDM has become PicoSolutions go-to book for all Grasshopper related questions and is used as an internal textbook for employees learning Grasshopper! This comprehensive book provides the reader the basics of 3D printing and basics of Grasshopper before diving into advanced operations making it a well-rounded book for all.
By Emma Herrmann

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