Re: [rp-ml] A public survey on terminology

From: Markus Hitter (
Date: Wed Aug 10 2005 - 14:45:38 EEST

Am 09.08.2005 um 18:25 schrieb Marshall Burns:

> Rapid prototyping, rapid prototype, rapid prototyper

While in common use, this term is used to describe prototyping of
software as well.

> RP, RP, RP device or RPer

Shortcuts to the above, it's the same.

> Desktop manufacturing, desktop manufacture,
> desktop manufacturer or DTMer

This talks about the size of the manufactured parts and neither
honors small milling machines (not what "we" usually think of) nor
big size machines doing layered manufacturing.

> Solid freeform fabrication, SFF, SFFer

A somewhat broad term, but already close.

> 3-D printing, 3-D print, 3-D printer

This would fit for a simple description to be used in the public.

> Digital fabrication or fabbing, fab, fabber

The future of about any type of manufacturing and/or assembling will
be digital. Doesn't point to SLA/SLS/FDM type manufacturing at all.

> If you want to participate in the survey, please fill in the
> following form:

Once using the best of your suggestions ...

> Term for the field of technology: 3D printing
> Verb for making something with it: 3D printing
> Term for machine that does it: 3D printer

... and another one using terms I'd prefer myself:

> Term for the field of technology: Layered manufacturing
> Verb for making something with it: Layered manufacturing
> Term for machine that does it: Layered manufacturing machine

These terms describe a common and essential feature of all those
machine best, IMO.

N.B.: This doesn't mean e.g. desktop milling machines are useless or
incapable of giving quick results. But they aren't of the new type of
machines invented in the late '80s.


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Dipl. Ing. Markus Hitter

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