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Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is a type of analysis that provides insight into solving complex problems, and allows engineers the ability to test the effects of fluid flow on their designs - this is done without the need to conduct real-world experiments.

WRL files are an extension of the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) format . VRML file types enable browser plugins to display virtual reality environments. The term VRML is often referred to as “worlds” or vrml world file - which is also what WRL actually stands for.

Voxels are to 3D what pixels are to 2D.

Firstly -- let’s examine what pixels actually are. Everything you see on your computer screen is made up of very small squares called “pixels.”

Point-cloud modeling is typically used in the process of 3D scanning objects.

Rather than defining surfaces through mathematical formulas, or building them out of rudimentary shapes like triangles -- point cloud modeling creates a representation of a 3D object with densely placed vertices -- or “points” -- along its surface.

Polygonal (or polyhedral) modeling is the most common type of modeling for video games and animation studios.

This type of modeling builds 3D objects out of smaller components called “tris” (triangles) or “polys” (polygons).

BRep modeling, or Boundary Representation modeling, is, in CAD applications, the most common type of modeling. BRep is a mathematically precise representation of a 3D object. This representation defines the geometric boundaries between solid and non-solid geometries.

(Stratasys V650 Flex. Source: Javelin-Tech)

3D printing has emerged as a popular 3D model fabrication option. Be it prototyping or showing off proof-of-concepts, or using additive manufacturing at scale.

However, effective 3D workflows rely on several key parts. First, you’ll need to use the right 3D printing system for the task at hand (i.e., FDM vs. SLA). Second, the 3D printer must have the right programming in place to read/interpret the end-user’s 3D design files.

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Effective computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) programs include the following main components: the user-interface (UI) and the application logic.

In turn, the application logic of the CAD/CAM software itself consists of the following parts: