3D printing Definitions

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    4-D printing (four-dimensional printing)

    4-D printing is additive manufacturing that prints objects capable of transformation and, in some cases, self-assembly.

  • C

    computer-aided software engineering (CASE)

    Computer-aided software engineering (CASE) describes a broad set of labor-saving tools used in software development.

  • D

    digital modeling and fabrication

    Digital modeling and fabrication is a design and production process that marries 3-D modeling or computing-aided design (CAD) software with additive and subtractive manufacturing.

  • digital twin

    A digital twin is a virtual representation of a product that can be used in product design, simulation, monitoring, optimization and servicing. It requires three elements: the physical product in real space, its digital twin in virtual space and the information that links the two.

  • M

    maker movement

    The maker movement is a cultural trend that places value on an individual's ability to be a creator of things as well as a consumer of things.  

  • P

    prototype

    In software development, a prototype is a rudimentary working model of a product or information system, usually built for demonstration purposes or as part of the development process.

  • R

    rapid prototyping

    Rapid prototyping is the speedy creation of a full-scale model.  The word prototype comes from the Latin words proto (original) and typus (model).

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