A virtual, digital, mathematical representation or design of a 3D-printable object.
Generic name for a machine that turns material into usable, functional objects (e.g. figurines, casts, airway splints, organs, food, metal machinery) by tracing the material layer by layer until it builds a whole.
AKA “additive manufacturing” – the magic that happens when science fiction and magic are turned into reality; alternatively, when a box spits out material in such a form that it creates a functional object.
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Resistance to scratching of a surface by other surfaces or materials.
Ability of a material to take up moisture.
Measurement that has deviated from CAD data and depends on process used to make the rapid prototype.
The process of creating three-dimensional objects from computer models through stacked layers of material, bonded by inkjet to form a solid, see another name for additive manufacturing.
Rapid prototyping, or starting with nothing and adding layers to create a whole object (as opposed to creating different parts and assembling them), see 3D printing, rapid processes, stereolithography, selective laser sintering.
Large white areas in a design layout, see mysterious words no one uses.
The support onto which a printing plate is fixed; alternatively, the bottom or foundation of something.
The build plate of the 3D printer on which objects are actually printed; also a soft surface on which people and animals sleep.
The material used in bioprinting made up of biodegradable gel and human cells, often stem cells.
PEKK plastic, used to print industrial-strength parts and biomedical implants.
The study of the structure and function of biological systems as models for design and engineering of materials and machines, see biomimicry.
Study of forms and processes found in nature aiming to inspire applications in design and technology, see biomimetics.
The practice of printing things that are or could be alive (e.g. organs, limbs, zombies).
Bioprinting World – Medical Applications of 3D Printing with bio-ink.
The practice of printing a figurine based on a model of something that is alive.
Bill of materials, a list of parts needed for a design or collection of designs.
The mix of ingredients needed to build and protect a brand.
Measurement of the machine part size limitations given by three dimensions (X, Y, and Z axes, e.g. 9in X 6in X 5in means nine inches wide, six inches long, and five inches tall).