DESIGN JARGON

 

ABS - 

CAD -

Chamfer -

Clearance -

DWG -

Ergonomic -

FDM -

                                            Filament -

Fillet -

Flashforge Pro -

GA Drawing -

PLA -

                                            Polyjet -

Prototype -

Raft -

                            Render -

                                         SLA -

                                            SLS -

Solidworks -

STL -

                                            Support Material -

 

 

 

ABS stands for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene and is a synthetic polymer commonly used as 3D printing material.

Computer Aided Design is the use of computer software to design a product.

An angled corner or edge. A chamfering tool is an editing tool used in CAD.

The gap left to ensure two surfaces can fit together comfortably.

A file format that is commonly used for 2 Dimensional CAD processes such as laser cutting.

The design of efficient and comfortable products for the working environment. 

Fused Deposition Modelling is an additive manufacturing technology commonly used for prototyping by extruding material in layers.

FDM 3D printers use materials in a spool of filament commonly PLA or ABS.

A rounded corner consisting of two intersecting lines and an arc connecting the endpoints. 

The Computer program used to convert CAD drawings into readable files to be 3D printed.

The General Arrangement drawing is the layout and scale of a product and can consist of a breakdown of important information.

Short for Polylactic Acid. A biodegradable thermoplastic used as a 3D printing material. Is suitable for FDM printing using filament made of PLA.

A 3D printing technology that produces smooth, accurate parts using microscopic layer resolution and a high level of accuracy.

The preliminary physical versions of a product from which the form and function will be developed further.

A flat layer of support material used to prevent warping by acting as a guide for a 3D part to be printed on. The raft is a form of adhesion to help prints stick to the printer bed temporarily.  Once the print has finished the raft is discarded.

Rendering is the process of formulating, adding colour, texture and shading of an image. This is used to describe the physical properties of an object.

Stereolithography is a form of 3D printing technology used for creating models in a layer-by-layer process using Photopolymerisation a process by which light causes chains of molecules to link together.

Selective Laser Sintering is an additive manufacturing technique that uses a laser as the power source to sinter powdered material.

A Computer-Aided Design program we use to draw and engineer parts and designs.

Short for Stereolithography, also known as Standard Tesselation Language or Standard Triangle Language. A file format describing the surface geometry of a 3D object without any colour or texture. Commonly used for 3D printing.

This is the extra material used to ensure a 3D print is able to print a part accurately and help with the placement of parts on the printer bed.