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The definitive 3D Printing glossary

Written by David

January 15, 2020

This might prove useful for those of us just getting started into 3d printing, as well as for those further advanced in 3d printing.

3D model A 3D design typically produced on a CAD program.

3D modelling The act of using 3D CAD programs to produce a design.

3D printer An additive manufacturing machine that constructs a solid shape by building one layer at a time.

3D printing The act of using an additive manufacturing machine (3D printer) to produce a solid object one layer at a time (also known as additive manufacturing).

3D scan A process that captures the geometry of a real-world object and uses that data to produce a 3D model.

ABS Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) is a thermoplastic polymer commonly used in FDM 3D printing.

Acetone treatment A post processing treatment often applied to 3D printed ABS parts to smooth the surface.

Additive manufacturing The process of fabricating a part by adding material in layers (also known as 3D printing).

Amorphous Any noncrystalline solid in which the atoms and […]


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