3D Printing Dictionary

3D printing

Creating a physical object from a 3D model. 3D Printing technologies include many different methods of creating objects with FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) currently being the most popular for residential hobbyists and consumers.

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Fff Fdm Sla Additive manufacturing

3D printing materials

Materials used in 3D printing.

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Pla Hips Abs Nylon Polycarbonate T-glase Pet Ninjaflex

3MF

A XML based file format originated by Microsoft for use in additive manufacturing. 3MF features a document tree for including human-readable assets and common file formats.

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Stl Amf Additive manufacturing

Acetone gluing

Applying acetone to ABS causes the ABS to melt. This effect can be used to 'glue' ABS parts together.

Finishing

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.

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Vapor bath

Josef Průša

Josef Průša is the creator of the Prusa Mendel family of printers. An open source advocate, Josef Průša has made (and continues to make) a large number of advances in open source hardware and software for the RepRap project since 2009.

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Prusa3d Reprap Open source hardware Open source software

Open Source

A development model promoting universal access to a product's design, production, software and other aspects. Redistribution of the product's design is encouraged. This model allows anyone to use and contribute to the product with the expectation that any improvements will be redistributed with the project. Many different licenses exist for Open Source software to protect the model of redistribution, availability and usage in commercial products.

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate is a very strong material used in 3D printing. Polycarbonate must be kept very dry.

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3d printing materials

SmoothieBoard

An open source hardware printer controller that can also control CNC machines, laser cutters and more. The Smoothieboard uses a 32 bit Cortex MCU - a much more powerful processor than the Arduino based controllers.

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Ramps Rambo Printer controller Open source Open hardware

Vapor bath

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.

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Finishing