What you need to know for 3d printing? What parts make up a 3d printer?
In 3D printing, here are some common jargon and names for parts that you may encounter along the way.
Filament: A material (often plastic) manufactured into a long strand (like a cable). These are used by some types of 3D printers to manufacture objects.
Extruder: The part of the machine where the material is melted.
Nozzle: A small hole from which melted filament is pushed (“extruded”) out of.
Bed: The surface on which an object is produced. It also often called as Heated Bed which is a print surface that is heated to provide better adhesion.
Stepper Motor: A precise and powerful motor used to move the various parts of a printer.
RepRap: An open source 3D printer movement.
G-code: Instructions for a machine describing every movement required to manufacture a part. Not specific to 3D printing.
Slicer: A piece of software used to convert 3D models to G-code.
Axis: A reference line for movement. A 3 axis machine can move in X (left to right), Y (front to back), and Z (up and down).
Carriage: A moving part that the extruder sits on.