At the conference, our own Wolfpack member Eva Wolf joined Jillian Johnson-Sharp from the Orange County Department of Education/CTe Partnership and Jack Gupton, a STEM educator, for a round table discussion of how new technology, such as 3D printing, enhances STEM learning in the classroom.
Their presentation was titled The Engineering Process in Action: Learning through MAKING.
Jillian, Eva, and Jack walked attendees through their backgrounds that have uniquely positioned them as experts in the integration of technology in STEM learning. With three ocMaker Challenges under her belt, and the fourth annual installment currently underway, Jillian Johnson-Sharp is the powerhouse behind the ocMaker Challenge, growing the event from only 46 entries in the first year to upwards of 200 this year.
After a career in consulting, Jack Gupton now enjoys a second career as the founding teacher of the Walker Junior High STEAM Academy in La Palma, CA. Jack specializes in fostering a passion for STEM learning in his students by helping them develop skills in critical thinking and problem solving, while building real-world, in-demand skills in computer and micro-controller programming, electronics and robotics, computer-aided design, and manufacturing. The Orange County Engineering Council honored Jack in 2015 with a STEM Service Award.
Rounding out the team of presenters was our own Eva Wolf, the Co-Founder and CEO of Airwolf 3D who is responsible for building the key initiatives and relationships that have catapulted Airwolf 3D to the top of the desktop 3D printing industry and made Airwolf 3D the top name when it comes to bringing 3D printers into the classroom. Eva was also recently named one of the most influential Women in 3D Printing.
The dynamic trio’s presentation focused on how “making” and inventing in the classroom develops critical thinking skills, real-world technical skills, and the ability to work with a team. The presentation also emphasized how an integrated STEM education is key to developing a skilled workforce as well as our country’s future inventors and innovators.
We received a number of requests for copies of the presentation and the list of resources that were shared with the attendees. As promised, the presentation and resources are available here: The Engineering Process in Action: Learning through MAKING.
We would like to thank everyone who joined us for the presentation and we welcome any additional feedback or questions that you may have! Simply call us at (949)478-2933 or email us at email@example.com.
Built on top of Cura’s open source slicing engine, APEX eliminates the need to locate, download and import print profiles for your printer. Instead, APEX comes with pre-configured material profile settings that are fully optimized for your specific model of Airwolf 3D printer. Simply load your .STL file, make selections for your four simple “quick settings” (Filament, Print Quality, Print Support, and Platform Adhesion), and you’re ready to create your G-Code and start printing!
More of a poweruser? No problem! APEX includes a Full Settings mode and Expert Configuration panel, so you can adjust settings manually, run plugins, and view G-Code.
A big thank you to our valued Airwolf 3D customers who have been requesting APEX for Mac and waiting patiently for its release. As always, when you talk, we listen! And now is your chance to tell us exactly what you think of APEX for Mac AND get a free bottle of our highly popular Wolfbite Bed Adhesion Solution.
Once you have had the opportunity to download APEX for Mac and test it out with your Airwolf 3D printer, we would love to hear what you think of it. What did you love? What did you hate? What changes would you like to see made to the software? Share your thoughts and we’ll even send you a free bottle of Wolfbite as a token of our appreciation. All you have to do is fill out the APEX Open Beta Feedback form.
If you haven’t tried APEX, go ahead and download it for free today!]]>
If you are a business who has been looking for financing for your 3D printer purchase, we have a solution for you.
Our partner Marlin Equipment Finance is offering to help you get your 3D printers immediately — and you do not have to start making payments until 2017.
Preserve cash and get the machines you need quickly and easily. With no required down payment, you can defer your first payment on equipment purchases until 2017. Marlin’s Deferred Payment Program provides the financial bridge that you need to acquire the equipment you need today.
To get started, please complete an application. For more information, please contact our Marlin Finance representative Gina Romero at (856)505-4278.
Every year, over 246,660 women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Every year, 40,450 people lose their lives to the disease. That’s about the size of the WHOLE city of Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA!
The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s detected and treated early. That’s why it’s essential to increase awareness so we all understand how women can protect themselves and their health.
When the Wolfpack got together to decide how to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, one of the first questions asked was, “Do you know anyone who’s had breast cancer?” Inevitably and sadly, all of us love someone who has either battled breast cancer or lost her life to it. That’s why we’re doing our part to try to make some noise, get your attention, and raise awareness of a disease that, together, we will defeat someday.
To help raise breast cancer awareness, we are running some very special promotions this month. First, we are offering a 50% discount on PINK PLA!
Stock up and start 3D printing for a cure! For every spool of pink PLA filament sold during the month of October, Airwolf 3D will donate $2 to the Susan B. Komen Foundation.
So once you have all that pink PLA, what are you going to do with it? Start by using it to win FREE filament in the color of YOUR choice!
Throughout the month of October, we will be running a weekly contest. Simply post your PINK 3D print on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and include the hashtag #Pink3DPrint. Every week, we will choose a winner at random. Each weekly winner receives a FREE spool of PLA or ABS in the color of their choice!
Happy 3D printing for a great cause!
– The Wolfpack]]>
We launched APEX, our new 3D printing software two months ago and got a tremendous response. Some of you tore our software apart. Others gave us glowing reviews. The majority of you provided detailed, constructive feedback. To ALL Airwolf 3D customers who took the time to respond to us, thank you so much for helping us understand where we need the most improvement. This is vital to our ability to build a better product for you and for future customers.
Since APEX first launched, we’ve come out with a number of improvements, including the addition of the new AXIOM, AXIOMe, and AXIOM Dual Direct Drive printers. We also added a quickprint quality setting for large prints and we’ve been making even MORE materials available in quickprint mode.
One of the questions we’ve received the most is, “When will APEX be available for Mac?” We’re happy to report that it is a top priority, our developers are working hard on it, and it will be released in approximately 1-2 weeks.
If you haven’t already, please give APEX a try. Our machines are running better than ever when used with APEX. For 3D printing beginners, it’s even more important to install APEX. It will make 3D printing an easier, more intuitive, and more successful experience for you.
As always, we want to hear what you think. After testing out APEX, please head over to the APEX Open Beta Feedback Form and let us know how the software is working for you and what features you would like to see added in future releases. We’ll even send you a free bottle of Wolfbite Solution (in the formula of your choice!) as a gesture of our appreciation for your time.
At this time, the APEX Open Beta Feedback Program is only open to U.S. residents running Airwolf 3D printers and Windows 8 or newer. A valid serial number is required for verification purposes and Airwolf 3D reserves the right to determine, at its sole discretion, if submitted feedback is SPAM and eligible for promotional giveaway. Airwolf 3D also reserves the right to change or discontinue the terms of this free offer at any time. This is a limited-time offer that is only available while supplies last and is limited to one per customer. Eligible participants will receive their free bottle of Wolfbite within 2-3 weeks.
Since releasing Direct Drive for AXIOM and AXIOMe last month, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the new extrusion system’s ease of use, adept ability to print flexible materials and, of course, overall-beautiful print quality. We inevitably got the question: What about Direct Drive for the AXIOM Dual? As always, when you ask, we strive to deliver. That’s why we’re incredibly proud to introduce the newest addition to the AXIOM line of 3D printers: The AXIOM Dual Direct Drive.
The AXIOM Dual Direct Drive printer combines everything our customers love about the original AXIOM Dual Extruder printer, but with the added new benefits of the Direct Drive extrusion system.
In addition to the host of features that make AXIOM the preeminent desktop 3D printer, the AXIOM Dual enjoys its place as the world’s leading prosumer 3D printer because of its independently controllable hot ends that allow printing in two colors or two different materials. Combine that functionality with the power of Direct Drive and you have a state-of-the-art workhorse that boasts enhanced dual capability — even for difficult-to-print materials, such as industrial-grade polycarbonate and polypropylene and flexible nylon- and rubber-based materials like TPE and TPU.
AXIOM Dual Direct Drive is available as a full-fledged 3D-printer or as a standalone Direct Drive upgrade. Power users who desire the ultimate in flexibility and performance are encouraged to opt for a combination of the AXIOM Dual base model, along with the Direct Drive Upgrade package. This configuration gives the best of both worlds by taking advantage of AXIOM’s modular construction.
Because the Direct Drive Upgrade is available as an End-User Replaceable Cassette (ERC), you can swap between the classic AXIOM’s bowden-style extrusion system and the new Direct Drive system, depending on which is best suited for a particular application.
Experience AXIOM Dual Direct for yourself and join us for our next Intensive 2-Day 3D Printing Workshop on October 26-27, 2016. We will have AXIOM Dual Direct Drive on display and also make it available for use as your workshop training machine. Whether you are a proud owner of a new AXIOM Dual Direct printer or you would like to “try before you buy,” the workshop is an excellent opportunity to see the new machine in person and receive expert instruction from Airwolf 3D Co-Founder and Lead Designer Erick Wolf and our all-star team of senior service technicians.
Seats are filling up fast, so please reserve your place now.
For a chance to have your work showcased here, please post your creation on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, along with the type of Airwolf 3D printer you used and the hashtag #Airwolf3D.
A big thank you to 3D Print Bros and Fat Finger Photography for sharing the unboxing of their new AXIOMe Direct Drive printer and their first test print! Can’t wait to see what they create!
What better way to brighten up your Monday than with some 3D printing! Taryn Flamson, a 5th Grade Teacher at Harbor View Elementary in Corona Del Mar, CA, shared this pic of two of her students with their prints.
Harbor View #CelebrateMonday with @BuildIt_WS & @airwolf3d! What a way to start our Monday…3D printing! #hvepride pic.twitter.com/yWyotkiVW0
— Taryn Flamson (@tflamson) September 12, 2016
Speaking of bright, check out this vibrant green model of Bowser from Super Mario Bros. This favorite Nintendo villain was printed by our friends at ChicagolandGeeks.
#ChicagoLandGeek #3DPrinted #Bowser from #Mario on his #Airwolf3D #HD! #3DPrinting #AW3D #3DPrint pic.twitter.com/V71cbRod8M
— Airwolf 3D (@airwolf3d) September 9, 2016
Does your cue rack have broken pool cue holders? No problem, just print some replacements! This handy cue holder was designed by Pete LaDuke and is availble on Thingiverse.
#PoolCue holder 3DPrinted by Pete on an #Airwolf3D #HD using #ABS filament. Find #design on Thingiverse as: 1311539. pic.twitter.com/BrsawM1OIO
— Airwolf 3D (@airwolf3d) September 16, 2016
Wolfpack team member Jazmin has been busy taking the AXIOM Direct Drive for a test drive. Jazmin printed this ornate openwork cat in ABS. Original design by Artist Roman Hegglin and is available on Thingiverse.
#3DPrinted #Cat on the #Airwolf3D #AXIOMDirectDrive in draft mode using #ABS filament by our team member, Jazmin. pic.twitter.com/t3rD4BuLqP
— Airwolf 3D (@airwolf3d) September 9, 2016
The Airwolf 3D Printer Rental Program allows you to rent a 3D printer at a reasonable price. Use the new Airwolf 3D AXIOM Direct Drive printer for as little as a week to as long as you need it!
The Airwolf 3D Printer Rental Program is an ideal solution for:
+ Rapid prototyping. Have an idea that you are trying to bring to life? Use your rented 3D printer to perfect and create your prototype.
+ Small-scale manufacturing. Manufacture production-quality parts in small quantities — without the bigger price tag that comes with large-scale manufacturing.
+ “Try before you buy.” Have you been thinking of buying a 3D printer, but are not quite ready to commit to the purchase? Renting a 3D printer gives you the ability to test drive our Direct Drive — and decide if it’s the right 3D printer for you.
The rental period for a 3D printer is a minimum of one week for $175. You can rent your 3D printer by the week or you can rent it monthly for $550/month. All 3D printer rentals require a $1,000 deposit.*
No problem! We offer a 2-hour 3D printer training session for $79 and we strongly encourage beginners to take this class. The training will be taught by one of our expert service technicians who will walk you through all of the basics of 3D printing and how to operate the 3D printer.
To feel even more confident with your 3D printer, you also can choose to attend our Intensive 2-Day 3D-Printing Workshop. Past participants in the workshop agreed that the 2-day training course truly brought their 3D printing skills to the next level.
*Deposit for 3D printer rental will be refunded upon the return of the printer in the same condition as when it was rented.
Want a chance to show off your latest creation? Simply post your pic to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook and be sure to include what Airwolf 3D printer you used and the hashtag #Airwolf3D.
We absolutely love this 3D-printed U.S. map that shows population density. Educational and beautiful, the map was created by educator and fellow techie Valerie Brinkman.
3D printed US Map shows population density-Great visual for Ss! @RogersMiddleSch @AfftonSchools @airwolf3d #3dprint pic.twitter.com/rP6KAqrQl1
— Valerie Brinkman (@BrinkmanValerie) September 7, 2016
Ever lose the shoelace locks for your hiking boots? Just print new ones! It only takes David Leach 11 minutes to design and print his creation, then he’s ready to hit the trails again!
Whenever David loses #HikingBoots #ShoelaceLocks, he designs and #3DPrints new ones on his #AW3D in 11 minutes . pic.twitter.com/X4CtRaOCAU
— Airwolf 3D (@airwolf3d) September 6, 2016
Chicagoland Geeks has to be close to setting some kind of record. Their 24/7 live-streamed 3D-printed Pokemon project is STILL going. Enter here for a chance to win one of their amazing custom 3D-printed pokemon!
#Magikarp uses #Splash! It's #SUPER effective! #pokemongo @airwolf3d @ic3d_printers https://t.co/NosiwYDR5U
— ChicagolandGeeks (@chicagolandgeek) September 4, 2016
Thanks to Wolfpack team member Valentina, we now have our own little BMO who has taken up residence in Airwolf 3D’s lobby. Valentina printed this Adventure Time character in cheery, neon-blue PLA and handpainted the piece’s details.
#BMO from #AdventureTime #3DPrinted using #NeonBluePLA on the #Airwolf3D #AXIOMDual. #3DPrinting #3Ders pic.twitter.com/vSbIZzXc5Z
— Airwolf 3D (@airwolf3d) September 9, 2016
Airwolf 3D’s own Creative Director Tyler Caros went to LACMA and scanned the 15th Century Nepalese statue, “The Buddhist Goddess Victorious Wisdom Tara.” Originally standing at a little over five feet tall, this gorgeous piece was 3D-printed into a more shelf-friendly, 10-inch reproduction. Painted in acrylic.
5 foot tall #statue #3DPrinted at 10 inches on the #Airwolf3D #AXIOM using #ABS and later on painted with #acrylic. pic.twitter.com/lCVa9kfhqZ
— Airwolf 3D (@airwolf3d) September 8, 2016
When we run an intensive 3D-printing workshop, one of our main goals is to get all of the attendees to start 3D-printing as soon as possible. The reason for this is simple: You learn by doing. It’s not uncommon for us to have workshop attendees who admit that they bought a 3D printer, but haven’t even taken it out of the box.
While Airwolf 3D strives to create user-friendly 3D printers, a high-performance 3D printer like the ones created by Airwolf 3D can be intimidating — maybe even a little overwhelming — for some first-time users. That’s why the workshop is the perfect environment for a beginner to really get down to the nitty gritty and just start printing!
Attendees are encouraged to experiment and play. No need to worry about messing up, our expert service techs and other Wolfpack staff are always on hand to help, instruct, and offer advice. Best of all, every “mistake” is an opportunity for the whole class to learn.
The 2-day workshop starts off with a quick review of the fundamentals: basic 3D printer operation, APEX 3D-printing software, and Tinkercad basics. As workshop attendees start printing a variety of small projects, instruction progresses to more advanced techniques, post-processing treatments, and 3D printer maintenance and troubleshooting.
If you’d like to join us for our next 3D-printing workshop, we’d love to have you! The workshop will be from Oct. 26-27 and seating is limited, so please be sure to sign up soon: Airwolf 3D-Printing Intermediate Workshop.]]>