3D Printing Process Glossary
Many Terms are used in 3D printing Processes the following list of the most common terms that are used.
- Bed Adhesion: The process of attaching the first layer of a print to the build plate.
- Build Plate: The flat surface on which 3D objects are printed.
- Calibration: The process of adjusting the printer to ensure accurate and consistent prints.
- Filament: The material used in fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printing, which is fed through a heated extruder to form the object.
- Extruder: The component of a 3D printer that melts the filament and deposits it layer by layer.
- FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling): A type of 3D printing technology that uses melted filament to build objects layer by layer.
- G-Code: A set of instructions used by 3D printers to control their movements and extrude filament.
- Infill: The interior structure of a 3D printed object, which can be customized to balance strength and cost.
- Layer Height: The thickness of each layer in a 3D printed object, which affects the surface smoothness and print time.
- Nozzle: The small opening in the extruder through which the melted filament is deposited.
- Overhang: A section of a 3D print that extends beyond the previous layer without support.
- Raft: A flat layer of material, often made of the same filament as the main print, that is added to improve bed adhesion.
- Resolution: The level of detail in a 3D print, often expressed in terms of layer height.
- Retraction: The process of pulling filament back into the extruder to prevent stringing and improve printing accuracy.
- Slicer: A software program that takes a 3D model and converts it into the G-Code instructions used by 3D printers.
- Support Structure: Temporary material added to a 3D print to support overhanging sections, which is later removed.
- Z-Axis: The vertical axis in a 3D printer, which determines the height of the layers being deposited.
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- DigitMakers Team