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Book and reading glasses. Source: Ermolaev Alexander/Shutterstock.com

1. Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager (4.6 Stars on Amazon)

There's a technological and creative revolution underway. Amazing new tools, materials and skills turn us all into makers. Using technology to make, repair or customize the things we need brings engineering, design and computer science to the masses. Fortunately for educators, this maker movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing. The active learner is at the center of the learning process, amplifying the best traditions of progressive education. This book helps educators bring the exciting opportunities of the maker movement to every classroom.

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2. Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing by Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman (4.5 Stars on Amazon)

Fabricated tells the story of 3D printers, humble manufacturing machines that are bursting out of the factory and into homes, businesses, schools, kitchens, hospitals, even the fashion catwalk. The magic happens when you plug a 3D printer into today's mind-boggling digital technologies. Add to that the Internet, tiny, low cost electronic circuitry, radical advances in materials science and biotech and voila! The result is an explosion of technological and social innovation. 

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3. Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson (4.5 Stars on Amazon)

Wired magazine editor and bestselling author Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop.  In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing.  A generation of “Makers” using the Web’s innovation model will help drive the next big wave in the global economy, as the new technologies of digital design and rapid prototyping gives everyone the power to invent—creating “the long tail of things.”

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4. LEO the Maker Prince: Journeys in 3D Printing by Carla Diana (not yet rated on Amazon)

LEO the Maker Prince teaches children (both young and old) about 3D printing by following Carla and LEO's journey through Brooklyn. LEO is a walking, talking robot who has the magical ability to print (in plastic) any object that Carla draws. The other robots have their own special capabilities: H1-H0 prints in metal, Sinclair-10 can find and print objects from a huge catalog of designs, and the others (including AL1C3-D, IRIS-7, and NiXie) have unique talents, too. Readers can come along for the journey, too: all of the objects in the book are printable one way or another.

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5. Practical 3D Printers: The Science and Art of 3D Printing by Brian Evans (4.4 Stars on Amazon)

Practical 3D Printers takes you beyond how to build a 3D printer, to calibrating, customizing, and creating amazing models, including 3D printed text, a warship model, a robot platform, windup toys, and arcade-inspired alien invaders. You'll learn about the different types of personal 3D printers and how they work; from the MakerBot to the RepRap printers like the Huxley and Mendel, as well as the whiteAnt CNC featured in the Apress book Printing in Plastic. 

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6. 3D Printing Blueprints by Joe Larson (4.4 Stars on Amazon)

3D Printing Blueprints uses engaging and fun projects that teach Blender modeling for 3D printing through hands-on lessons. First you’ll learn basic modeling and make a small simple object. Then each new project brings with it new tools and techniques as well as teaching the rules of 3D printing design. Eventually, you’ll be building objects designed to repair or replace everyday objects. Finally, you’ll be able to even tackle other people’s models and fix them to be 3D printable.

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7. Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing from the Editors of Make (4.3 Stars on Amazon)

The 3D printing revolution is well upon us, with new machines appearing at an amazing rate. With the abundance of information and options out there, how are makers to choose the 3D printer that's right for them? MAKE is here to help, with the Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing. We brought 16 of the top printers to our headquarters and hosted a weekend-long printer shootout staffed by the editors of MAKE and a number of luminaries in the field. We documented out-of-box experiences and subjected the printers to a number of print and torture tests. This issue presents our findings for you in a clear, concise manner.

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8. 3D Printing: The Next Industrial Revolution by Christopher Barnatt (4.3 Stars on Amazon)

3D Printing is about to transform our lives. While traditional laser and inkjet printers only make marks on paper, 3D printers build up solid objects in a great many very thin layers. Already pioneers are 3D printing production tools, prototypes, jewelry, sunglasses, works of art, toys and vehicle parts. But this is just the beginning, with digital manufacturing destined to change how we create, transport and store a great many things.

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9. The Book on 3D Printing by Isaac Budmen (4 Stars on Amazon)

You have heard about 3D printing in the news and all over the Internet. The guys on the Big Bang Theory got a 3D printer, and even President Obama mentioned 3D Printing in the State of the Union address. By now you might be wondering: What the heck is 3D Printing? And why is everyone so excited about it? If you have been searching for answers, you already know that information about 3D Printing can be hard to find and often difficult to understand. This book will take you on a tour of the growing 3D Printing industry and explain everything you need to know to start designing and printing your own creations. (No experience or fancy degree required!) 

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10.   Getting Started with MakerBot by Bre Pettis, Anna Kaziunas France, and Jay Shergill (3.8 Stars on Amazon)

Set up your MakerBot Replicator 2 and understand how it works, learn the basics and print 10 useful objects right away, make objects with sturdy yet biodegradable PLA, get examples of real-world problem solving, from ceiling hooks to hermit crab shells, choose from thousands of free designs on Thingiverse.com—and share your own, repurpose disposable products by making them part of your design, design your own 3D objects, using SketchUp, Autodesk 123D, OpenSCAD, and other tools, and use 3D scanning technology to replicate real objects around you.

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