Native Format

Refers to a CAD file that stores geometry in a format defined to a specific CAD system. A native file format may be proprietary or published. Opposite of a neutral file. Many CAD tools can now read native files from other vendors, and many additive manufacturing software tools can read the more common native files.

Fused Deposition Modeling

A type of material extrusion additive manufacturing where a continuous filament of thermoplastic material is fed into a heated extruder and deposited on the current build layer. It is the trademarked name used for systems manufactured by the process inventor, Stratasys. Fused filament fabrication is the generic term. Abbreviated as FDM