3D Printing Vocabulary

General

CAD or Computer Aided Design:

Software used to represent, create, and manipulate 3D or 2D objects

(models), generally ones which could be manifested in the physical world

Slicing:

The process of converting a 3D model (usually in STL form) into machine code that a 3D printer

can understand and execute (usually in G-Code form)

PLA or Polylactic Acid:

Corn-based plastic used extensively for 3D printing because of its good thermal

characteristics