This book was written for people who have never used a 3D carving machine. It teaches the basics of designing and making things with Inventables’ software (Easel) and 3D carving machines (X-Carve and Carvey). We’ll take you step-by-step through five projects you can build yourself as a beginner: an inspiration tile, kitchen cutting board, custom block stamp, fidget spinner, and balsa wood glider. The book also features aspirational projects from makers in the community, like an electric guitar, to show what is possible through 3D carving. The design files and instructions for projects – ranging from beginner to expert – can be found on the Inventables website.
From the Publisher
More Than a Book: A Community
We believe in the power of community. We believe a community that helps each other out — especially when equipped with easy-to-use tools — can learn together and change the world. This book is about building a community of encouragement and making 3D carving accessible.
We have three core values in our community: independence, collaboration, and kindness. In a traditional book you’d read all about what those values mean. In this book, we’re going to do a project together as a community. My hope is you’ll learn what these values mean through experiencing them.
For each project, I worked with a maker from the community. They each have a project page on Inventables where you can find all the files and materials you’ll need to follow their build plus supplementary videos and a forum where you can post your remake.
We designed challenges so that you can participate with the rest of the community so your work becomes part of a larger global effort. The project we are going to do together has never been done before. It’s a project that if we are successful will set a world record! Look inside the book to find details and the URL.
This book will be successful if 100,000 people tweet ‘#GSW3DCbook brought out the maker in me.’ But you’ve got to mean it! Until then, #letscarve!
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Practical Joinery Techniques, Projects, and Tips for CNC-Routed Furniture
Five Step-by-Step Projects to Launch You on Your Maker Journey