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Glossary of Product Design Terms

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There are 3 terms in this directory beginning with the letter #.
2D Design
2D design is the creation of flat or two-dimensional images to visualize for example front and side views of products or packaging, labels, graphical user interfaces etc. 2D design is often used in the early stages of product design to quickly explore possibilities before starting 3D design. Most common ways do 2D design are hand drawing (sketching) and computer-aided drafting.
3D design
3D design is the creation of spatial or three-dimensional representations of a (product-) design with help of 3D computer software. The result is called a 3D model. 3D models can be visualized as flat images or animations (movies) on a computer screen. The 3D model can also be physically created using 3D printing techniques.
3D printing
3D printing is the process of making a physical object from a (digital) 3D model. This is typically done by printing many thin layers of a material in succession until a 3D shape is formed.