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Would you call it the casing, cladding, exterior structure, hull, shell...?

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  • $\begingroup$ Depends on what you’re trying to say about it. “Skin” comes up a lot. $\endgroup$ – Russell Borogove Feb 15 '18 at 19:21
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It's sometimes (often) referred to as the Outer Mold Line, which always seemed a bit odd to me, because it's not molded, usually.

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    $\begingroup$ I always wondered where that term comes from... $\endgroup$ – Tristan Feb 15 '18 at 14:48
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    $\begingroup$ Outer Mold Line is a term from metal manufacturing, it is the contour of the outside of a metal part (cr4.globalspec.com/thread/80869/…). For stamped sheet metal, this is the shape of the outer mold. $\endgroup$ – Hobbes Feb 17 '18 at 10:56

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