The tip or part of the extruder that gets hot enough to melt plastic and other materials.
Inside of the printed part that can be made in various patterns.
Ratio of solid material to infill, which concludes how “solid” a part is.
Heat-resistant adhesive tape used to keep the heated particle limited to the extruder barrel and often a protectant put on the surface of the printing bed.
Additive manufacturing when thin layers of paper, plastic, or metal are fused together and then cut down with a knife or laser cutter to make the final product.
The height of a single layer built with an additive manufacturing process.
Material made out of 40% recycled wood and 60% recycled plastic that looks like wood, smells like wood, feels like wood, and is structurally sound (also like wood).
3D printing on a very large scale that is also fast and productive.
Process in which material is pushed through a nozzle onto a printing bed.
Process of building parts by depositing small droplets of photopolymer that are then cured by exposure to light (similar to an inkjet printer).
Abbreviated as mm, sometimes written as micrometer, referring to the thickness of each layer of material that a 3D printer extrudes along the bed.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association, or term referring to the specific size of a stepper motor (e.g. NEMA 14, NEMA 17, NEMA 23).
Turning laborers into innovators, giving them the capability to build products and take them to market without a traditional factory infrastructure.
Printing objects within other objects.
Philosophy based on making plans and designs free and widely available.
Adjustable in all dimensions (e.g. a design in CAD can be adjusted in size or form to fit a user’s needs).
Polyether ether ketone, a high-temperature thermoplastic that is used as a thermal barrier in the extruder of a 3D printer.
Liquid plastic that hardens permanently when exposed to light.
3D printing technology that offers high resolution and smooth surface finish, simulating similar qualities to SLA.
Large molecule (made up of monomers) that makes up tough, viscoelastic material that tends to be glasslike and semicrystalline (if you are interested in the atomic properties, Wikipedia is your friend).