3D Printing Dictionary
Blender is a very mature open source 3D modelling (and more!) software. Blender can be used to produce 3D models for printing. Version 2.6 and up include a plugin called the 3D Printing Toolbox to aid in producing printable models. This plugin must be enabled through the plugin manager.
A special glass that is resistant to thermal flucatations. This characteristic makes it ideal for use in a printer bed. Pyrex is a trade name for borosilicate glass. This glass is used in cookware and other areas requiring a material resistant to thermal changes.
A very wide first layer of a print that is not part of the model. Brims can help with bed adhesion of a part.
A 3D printed part can be finished to increase aesthetic qualities. Finishing may involve healing parts of the print with a heat tool, sanding or placing printed parts in a vapor bath.
Hardware designs made available for redistribution and use. Some restrictions may apply depending on the license the project is distributed under.
Polycarbonate is a very strong material used in 3D printing. Polycarbonate must be kept very dry.
The UI component of printrun
RepRap is project that spawned a line of 3D printers capable of producing parts for additional printers (a self-replicating manufacturing machine). RepRap is also a community of individuals dedicated to open source innovation in the 3D printer space.
A very young open source front-end for Replicape powered 3D printers. Toggle includes a rich UI and runs natively from Replicape.
Many materials used in 3D printing can be dissolved with chemicals. Placing printed parts in a warm vapor bath can smooth the part and create a very nice finish.