3d printing 2

anandengg's version from 2018-03-24 17:36


Question Answer
Additive ManufacturingThe process of creating a 3D object by fusing one layer on another, rather than removing or carving out material, such as in traditional machining.
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)The additive manufacturing process in which plastic filament is heated and fed through an extruder to build your object layer by layer. MakerBot 3D Printers use FDM technology.
SlicingThe process of taking a 3D model and translating this model into individual layers in MakerBot Desktop or any other 3D printing software. Your
3D FilamentThermoplastic material used to build your 3D prints.
ExtruderThe “hot glue gun” of your 3D printer; the extruder uses filament to draw out the layers of your 3D prints. It has a cold end to pull and feed the thermoplastic filament from the spool, and then a hot end that melts and extrudes the thermoplastic.This heated thermoplastic forms your print.
Build plateSurface on which prints are made.
STLStereolithographic file format, commonly used in 3D printing
OBJObject file format, commonly used for on-screen visualization and 3D printing.
Build volumeMaximum physical size you can print a design on your 3D printer.
LayoutArrangement of STL and/or OBJ files on the virtual build plate in MakerBot Desktop
.ThingFile type that’s saves layouts in MakerBot Desktop. If you prepare and arrange files on your build plate and would like to access them this way at a later time, you must save them as .thing files.
makerbot/.x3gFile type that MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers use to print; only readable by these printers. An STL file gets converted into a .makerBot or .x3g file when you export your design for printing. .makerbot files are used for MakerBot 3D printers that are 5th generation and newer, while .x3g files are used for older MakerBot printers.
ResolutionThe surface quality of a 3D print, typically defined by the layer height.
Layer HeightThe thickness of each layer of your 3D print. In MakerBot Desktop,you can choose layer heights ranging from 0.1 mm (high resolution) to 0.3 mm (low resolution).
RaftA raft is an additional stabilizing surface at the print’s base the helps ensure better print quality. Rafts can be removed and discarded after the print is complete.
OverhangWhen a layer extends outward, potentially unsupported, over the previous layer.
SupportsRemovable scaffolding structure built to help parts of an object that would otherwise be in midair with no material below (see Overhang).


Question Answer
Bridge When a layer prints in the air between two pillars.
InfillThe support structure built in the interior of a 3D model. It’s density can be varied in MakerBot Desktop. Typically, infill is set between 10-15%. To create a fully solid object, the infill density must be at 100%. The lower the infill density,the lighter and more hollow your object will be.
ShellsOutside walls that make up the perimeter of your 3D object.
Print-in-placeA design with parts that can move immediately after printing.
MakerBot Cloud LibraryA collection of your saved design files that’s accessible over the Cloud on MakerBot Desktop or on MakerBot Mobile.