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3D Jewelry Design Glossary

CAD (Computer-Aided Design):

The use of computer technology to create, modify, analyze, or optimize designs, commonly employed in 3D jewelry design.

3D Modeling:

The process of creating a digital representation of a three-dimensional object using specialized software.


A network of vertices, edges, and faces that define the shape of a 3D model in computer graphics.

NURBS (Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines):

A mathematical representation used in 3D modeling for creating smooth curves and surfaces.

Boolean Operations:

Operations in 3D modeling that involve combining or subtracting shapes through operations like union, intersection, and difference.

STL File:

A file format commonly used for 3D printing, representing the geometry of a 3D model as a series of connected triangles.


The level of detail in a 3D model, affecting the smoothness and fidelity of the printed object.


The process of dividing a 3D model into thin layers, preparing it for 3D printing.

Support Structures:

Temporary structures added to a 3D model during printing to provide stability for overhanging or complex features.

FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling):

A 3D printing technology that builds objects layer by layer using melted thermoplastic material.

SLA (Stereolithography):

A 3D printing technology that uses a liquid resin cured by ultraviolet light to build layers.

Resin Printer:

A type of 3D printer that uses liquid resin and ultraviolet light to create highly detailed objects.


The component in a 3D printer responsible for depositing material layer by layer during the printing process.

Build Plate:

The platform on which the 3D print is created, often made of glass or metal.


A temporary, horizontal platform added to the build plate to improve adhesion and stability during printing.

Layer Height:

The thickness of each individual layer in a 3D printed object, affecting print resolution.


Additional steps taken after 3D printing to improve the final appearance and properties of the object.

Dual Extrusion:

A feature in some 3D printers allowing the use of two different materials or colors during the printing process.

CAD Software:

Software specifically designed for computer-aided design, including programs tailored for 3D jewelry design.

3D Scanner:

A device that captures the geometry of physical objects and converts it into a digital 3D model.