Watch the video above on Computer Aided Manufacturing.
It explains terms that are commonly used in a shared workshop like the FabLab. CAD should sound familar to you already.
- Slicing a model means converting the STL file that you export from a 3D CAD package and converting it into a file that can be printed in layers.
- This is commonly called a gcode. The file contains thousands of co-ordinates (X,Y and Z) that the 3D printer follows when extruding out plastic.
- Once the printer has printed a layer in the X and Y direction, the print head/bed moves in the Z direction to start a new layer.