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tr.v. tes·sel·lat·ed, tes·sel·lat·ing, tes·sel·lates
To form into a mosaic pattern, as by using small squares of stone or glass.

[From Latin tessellātus, of small square stones, from tessella, small cube, diminutive of tessera, a square; see tessera.]

tes′sel·la′tion n.


1. the act of tessellating
2. (Building) the form or a specimen of tessellated work


decoration composed of multi-colored, small tiles, as found in a mosaic.
See also: Ornamentation
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tessellation - the careful juxtaposition of shapes in a pattern; "a tessellation of hexagons"
juxtaposition, collocation, apposition - the act of positioning close together (or side by side); "it is the result of the juxtaposition of contrasting colors"
2.tessellation - the act of adorning with mosaic
decoration - the act of decorating something (in the hope of making it more attractive)
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In the last 15 years solid modeling has transitioned from aerospace into the most powerful design tool the woodworking industry has ever seen.
One of the big changes over the past few years has been the ever-increasing use of solid modeling for designing parts.
Talking about what else foundries can do to capitalize on rapid prototyping technologies, Andre cautioned that whatever expense is put forth toward solid modeling software, it should be matched by the same investment in training to effectively use it.
Because of the increased utilization of mid-ranged PC-based solid modeling CAD packages for engineering design, manufacturers are said to find it increasingly necessary to work directly with solid models rather than only wireframe geometry.
We are doing at least 100% more work now due to the use of solid modeling," says company president Scott McKeever.
A combination of solid modeling and rapid prototyping (RP) has already helped many companies reduce time to market by conducting design reviews and generating patterns for tooling earlier.
Further, the implementation of 3D and solid modeling facilitates the development of DMUs (digital mockups), the process of creating digital parts or assemblies compared with creating physical mockups of real components.
Improved efficiency in solid modeling software has led to an interesting design dilemma.
It's not that unusual these days for molders to use 3D solid modeling for part design.
The next hurdle for solid modeling is gaining the capability to transfer data to other systems.