COSTA MESA, CA, Dec. 7, 2016. Airwolf 3D today announced Wolfbite ULTRA™, a premium solution specifically engineered to solve the problem of polypropylene parts warping because they fail to adhere to a 3D printer’s build plate. Wolfbite ULTRA™ bonds polypropylene plastic parts to a build plate to allow printing without lifting and to enable smooth release of objects after printing. This new solution works well with heated beds on all types and brands of 3D printers utilizing glass printing surfaces.
Polypropylene is widely used for automotive and other industrial applications because it is extremely durable and cost effective. From carpets and bottles to automotive bumpers, chemical tanks, and limitless custom solutions, this type of plastic has such an extensive number of uses because it is incredibly chemically resistant while being almost completely waterproof.
While used in many products, polypropylene is notorious in the 3D printing community for being difficult to work with because of bed adhesion problems. Polypropylene parts have a high tendency to warp or even completely fail to stick to the print bed. As the manufacturer of the only desktop 3D printer in its price class to effectively print polypropylene, Airwolf 3D created Wolfbite ULTRA™ to meet the demands of customers who require the ability to print in the high-performance industrial material.
“Airwolf 3D is extremely fortunate to work with customers who are leaders and early adopters in their respective industries,” stated Airwolf 3D Co-Founder and Lead Designer Erick Wolf. “When customers come to us with a problem, it gives us an opportunity to devise an innovative solution for them. We developed Wolfbite ULTRA™, along with the new AXIOM 20 printer, in response to a surge of automotive customers asking us to help them 3D print in polypropylene. It is exciting to be at the forefront of a technology that will meet the growing demands of the automotive, engineering, and other manufacturing industries as more and more professionals adopt 3D printing as part of their work flow.”
Wolfbite ULTRA™ was developed at Airwolf 3D through a collaboration with Professor Miodrag ‘Mickey’ Micic, Sc.D., Ph.D., M.T.M., department chairman at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA, and renowned polymer chemist and additive manufacturing expert.
“Polypropylene, a completely saturated hydrocarbon macromolecule, is extremely difficult to bind and is virtually unreactive to anything,” said Prof. Micic. “The new Wolfbite ULTRA™ is the first solution in the world to offer effective, reversible adhesion between the hydrophilic material of the printer bed, such as glass or borosillicate glass, and polypropylene parts. Furthermore, Wolfbite ULTRA™ is a water-based, “green” chemistry solution and an environmentally safe product.”
As the first product of its kind, Wolfbite ULTRA™ empowers professionals to directly 3D print their parts in polypropylene. As Prof. Micic pointed out, “Many prototypes currently are 3D printed in ABS or PLA and are later transferred into manufacturing by injection molding polypropylene. For the first time, a user can rapid prototype a part from the same material used for the final product and have the ability to test its exact properties before moving into final mass production. Polypropylene is a clinically inert resin that will expand the effective use of 3D printers, especially for medical devices, process technologies, automotive, and chemical storage.”
Wolfbite ULTRA™ Is packaged in a two-fluid-ounce container and comes with a foam brush applicator. It is currently available for sale on the Airwolf 3D website at an introductory price of $19.95.
Airwolf 3D is committed to designing, manufacturing and selling 3D printers, 3D Printing software, and 3D printing peripherals that are fast, affordable, durable and easy to use. Airwolf 3D has authorized dealers in more than 20 countries around the world. Airwolf 3D printers are delivered fully assembled and ready to print. All Airwolf 3D printers are made in America and manufactured in the company’s 12,000 sq. ft. facility in Costa Mesa, California. Airwolf 3D printers can be found in Fortune 500 companies, engineering firms, government agencies and schools worldwide. If you would like to buy the best 3D printer in its class, visit www.airwolf3d.com or you can telephone (949) 478-2933, email email@example.com, or visit the company’s showroom at 130 McCormick, Suite 105, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 for a free demonstration.]]>
These fun and simple gift “tags” print up fast and feel extra special because they’re personalized. Even after the presents are opened and the tree has been taken down, the lucky receiver of the gift still can enjoy displaying the tag wherever they wish.
Download for free: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:210083.
These handy cookie cutters are so cute that you can use them any time of year. Cleverly designed, each cookie cutter produces a cookie with a notch that hooks on to a coffee mug. Perfect as a gift or for creating charming treats for holiday guests.
Download for free: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1209485.
Want an extra fancy drink to go with those special cookies perched on your mugs? Try out these fun 3D-printed holiday stencils. Simply print up the stencils and use them to dust on cocoa or powdered sugar for professional-looking decorations. Perfect for making festive drinks, cookies, and more!
Download for free: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:591697.
Gift cards are convenient, one-size-fits-all gifts…but they can lack a personal touch. Dress up your gift cards this year with this intriguing 3D-printed gift card box. In addition to looking great, the box also houses the “Gift Card Vault,” a box designed to be broken open to reveal the card inside.
Download for free: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:266340.
Last, but not least, your holidays are about to get a lot more fun with a pair of Wearable Reindeer Antlers. Perfect for you or for a pet, these horns are designed with holes so you can run a bit of string or elastic through them for easy wear.
Download for free: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:203101.
Want some extra flashy headgear? Try this LED-lit version on for size. They’re sure to bring a touch of hilarious and heart-warming spirit to your next holiday get-together (though your resident furry friend might beg to differ).
Download for free: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1199078.]]>
Family comes first for us here at Airwolf 3D. That’s why our hard-working Wolfpack will be enjoying some well-deserved time at home while the Airwolf 3D offices and showroom are closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday…but get ready. We have some epic Cyber Monday deals in store for you!
In honor of our recent top ranking as Best 3D Printer of 2016 by TopTenReviews, we are offering 10% off ALL Airwolf 3D printers!
Whether you have your eye on our top-ranked flagship AXIOM Direct Drive printer or you’re ready for the rugged AXIOM 20, this is the time to take advantage of one of the rare sales that we have on our current line of printers.
What good is your 3D printer without some premium filament? Hop on this deal and stock up on your favorite Platinum Series ABS. On Cyber Monday, when you buy TWO (2) rolls of ABS filament, you’ll get a bottle of Wolfbite Premium Bed Adhesion Solution FREE!
Have any questions or need help? Please give us a call at (949)478-2933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy 3D Printing!
– The Wolfpack
This may come as a bit of a “shock,” but 3D printers and static electricity don’t get along too well. Terrible puns aside, we here at Airwolf 3D realize that there are some situations where 3D printers are particularly vulnerable to electrostatic discharge (ESD). That’s why we created the new Airwolf 3D ESD mat for 3D printers.
Airwolf 3D AXIOMs are designed to take a beating. Like all electronic equipment, however, they are still susceptible to static damage due to electrostatic induction or electrical shorts — particularly in countries or work environments with irregular or unpredictable power sources.
The mat provides an excellent additional layer of protection if you keep your printer on a wooden table. For circumstances when you need to run your 3D printer on a metal or carpeted surface, this mat is a must-have.
In addition, the mat also protects surfaces from scuffs and scratches that may occur when moving your printer to make adjustments or change filaments.
Measuring a generous 26 inches wide by 23 inches long, the mat can be used with any 3D printer and is a perfect fit for all AXIOM machines — including the new industrial AXIOM 20. The ESD Electrical Insulation mat is now available for purchase in our online store.]]>
With the release of the new industrial AXIOM 20 and the surging popularity of the top-ranked AXIOM Dual Direct Drive, much of the Wolfpack’s attention has turned to demonstrating the industrial capabilities of our machines. That means our crew has been busy printing plenty of automotive parts (even more than usual!) and all kinds of polycarbonate and polypropylene sample parts. After all, Airwolf 3D printers are designed to be high-performance tools; and we love trying to test the limits of our machines.
But that doesn’t mean that we don’t take time out to work on just about any little side project that strikes our fancy. We’re gearing up for turkey day and these are five fun Thanksgiving prints handpicked by our own Wolfpack!
This pretty print is making its way around Airwolf 3D headquarters. Print these “leaf” cups in autumn shades of orange, red, and gold. Use as a candy dish or placecard holders for your Thanksgiving guests. Want to add a little extra sparkle to your table? These cups look great printed in PETG.
Download for free: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:172686.
These playful napkin rings are sure to be a hit with everyone at your Thanksgiving dinner. A quick and easy print, these rings are perfect if you’re short on time, but still want to print colorful conversation starters for your friends and family.
Download for free: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:129744.
What’s Thanksgiving without a little turkey? We have an adorable one right here. This little guy prints up fast and is a charming addition to your Thanksgiving decor. If you want to get extra fancy, shine him up with an acetone vapor treatment.
Download for free: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1156386.
Light up your Thanksgiving table with the warm orange light of pumpkin candle holders. Just pop in a flameless tea light and you’re ready to glow!
Bonus use: Save these and reuse them for Halloween next year!
Download for free: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1856677.
Make sure everyone gets a chance at a lucky wishbone with a little help from the Wishbone Cookie Cutter Set. Simply print out these convenient cookie cutters and start baking. The set even includes a cookie press for easily releasing the dough from the cookie cutter.
Download for free: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:188509.
We had to include a bonus print for you Friendsgiving lovers out there. If you’re not exactly the traditional type, but are still looking to add some festive fun to your holiday, print up a few of these “bunkeys” for your guests. Part bunny, part turkey, these little prints make for a fun conversation starter and a memorable party favor for guests to bring home with them.
Download for free: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1191007
Send us pics at email@example.com and we just might feature your print in our next holiday roundup!]]>
As a company dedicated to supporting 3D printing in schools, we are thrilled to see the amazing things that teachers and students create with Airwolf 3D printers. And our friends at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, CA most certainly do NOT disappoint!
Ashley Ricart, a talented 3D artist, teaches integrated STEAM classes at St. Margaret’s and serves as the manager of the school’s innovative EDGE lab where students can explore design and digital media through cutting edge technology like 3D printers.
Ashley used the school’s six AXIOM printers to create exceptionally crafted 3D-printed masks for St. Margaret’s upcoming production of the Lion King, Jr., running Nov. 17-19, 2016. Because the masks are about 12 inches tall, Ashley had to 3D print the masks in multiple pieces. She then glued them together and used a plastic wood fill in the seams before sanding and priming the masks to perfection.
No small task, the masks are both time and labor-intensive, which certainly shows in the professional-level quality of the pieces.
“The masks ranged from 60 hours to 90+ hours to print,” Ashley explained. “I would split them up on the six AXIOM printers on campus to get, roughly, one-and-a-half masks a day.”
We were also surprised to find out that Ashley printed the masks in a mixture of both PLA and ABS. While printing in one material or the other would reduce the seams on the masks, Ashley was resourceful and saved money by simply using the materials that they had on hand.
As for the beautiful paint job that helps bring these masks to life? Artist Spencer Keane painted all masks using a mixture of spray paint and airbrushing.
From hyenas to giraffes and Nala to Timon, Ashley and Spencer created a total of 19 masks for the Lion King production. The artistry and craftsmanship of these pieces is truly impressive. If you are in the Southern California area, round up the whole family and see this fun, beautiful production for yourself: More info on tickets and showtimes.]]>
When you work as an engineer for a company as wildly innovative as Local Motors, it can be difficult to explain what you do for a living — especially to children. When Nestor’s kids started asking questions about 3D printing, Nestor found himself struggling to explain the technology in a clear way that his kids could understand. That’s when he decided to write The Little Designer.
A playful and whimsical book, The Little Designer is designed to teach kids about STEAM and 3D printing in a way that is fun and engaging. The book centers around a group of adorable characters, the Buddyracers, who join together for a big car race in Buddyland.
The book effectively integrates arts and crafts with more technical content by leading the reader through simple projects, like how to 3D print and decorate a simple toy figure, before progressing into more advanced lessons on how to create even cooler, more complex characters and cars. Best of all, STEM lessons are cleverly built in to the books’ series of projects.
For example, while a child will follow the instructions in the book to create what might seem simply like a cool toy, she also must learn and apply math and spatial reasoning skills in order to successfully 3D print a part with proper supports.
The book is a great method for anyone to learn 3D printing in a fun and very easy-to-understand way. Plus, it provides a great family activity because it requires parents to help their child use a 3D printer and guide them through the lessons in the book.
Another reason Nestor decided to write this book is to support the mission to bring 3D printing mainstream and help move us closer to a world where 3D printers are as ubiquitous as personal computers.
As Nestor explained, today’s children will be tomorrow’s makers and inventors. This is the first generation to grow up with 3D printing and we need to prepare and teach them now, so that we can pass the torch to them in the future and have them adopt and carry on the development of the technology.
We couldn’t agree more.
Be sure to pick up your copy of The Little Designer by Nestor Llanos today!]]>
Editor Bethany Gordon reviewed the AXIOM Direct Drive and summarized her opinion of the machine saying, “This large 3D printer has the best software, best connection options, best filament choices and pretty much the best everything else.”
According to their website, Top Ten Reviews put over 30 3D printers to the test, creating “over 50 models” and “over 100 hours testing.” Printers are then graded based on six groups of specs: print performance, filament, connectivity, calibration, printer design, and help & support.
The AXIOM Direct Drive excelled in all areas, earning the top spot and TTR’s “Gold Award” designation:
“The Airwolf 3D AXIOM Direct Drive 3D printer easily earns our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award for all of its features and design elements that work together to make stellar 3D models. It has flexible connection options, is compatible with over 40 filament choices and features automatic calibration so you never have to manually level the print bed. Its stunning design is backlit to highlight its fully enclosed printing area and superior design.” – TopTenReviews
With our recent release of the new industrial AXIOM 20 printer, we have been celebrating our history of innovative “firsts”, or landmarks in our company history, that have put us squarely ahead of the pack. The AXIOM Direct Drive earned its place as one of those landmarks because it was the first and is still the only desktop 3D printer in its price class to offer the features that Top Ten Reviews agrees makes us the best 3D printer on the market: a large, enclosed build chamber, auto-leveling, high-temperature printing in over 40+ materials, excellent customer service, and more. Learn more about AXIOM Direct Drive.]]>
In the past, Airwolf 3D has supported Jesse’s incredible work with Casa Del Sol, an award-winning entry into the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.
More recently, we were incredibly excited to support Jesse and his SPAM (short for “Specialists in Plastic Additive Manufacturing”) Team from the Speculative Prototyping Lab at UC-Irvine on their newest project, Marching Cubes.
Marching Cubes is a compelling, interactive art installation that incorporates 1,600 3D-printed magnetic blocks that can be fit together in a myriad of shapes and configurations.
The installation is named for the “Marching Cubes” algorithm upon which it is based. The Marching Cubes algorithm is one that is used in computer graphics to create scan data images, such as CT and MRI scans used in the medical field. The process is a way of expressing three-dimensional data, so that it can be visualized on a computer screen.
As Jesse explained, the exhibit aims to “take something that lives in a computer and make it physical.” And, by doing so, it “becomes a toy and it becomes playful.”
Jesse selected PLA as his material of choice for the piece because he liked its color and subtle translucency. With a need for over 300kg of filament, it was also a more cost-effective choice than other materials.
The exhibit itself is dramatic, engrossing, and evokes the feel of performance art as much as it does sculpture. The blocks sit in a spotlight in a darkened room, with 3D printers neatly lined up as if they are watching over the exhibit that they were commissioned to create.
Jesse and his team present the blocks both as perfectly configured sculptures that they assemble themselves, but also as an interactive exhibit where visitors are invited to play with the blocks and explore the Marching Cubes algorithm in a physical, tangible way that was not previously possible.
Marching Cubes is a must-see exhibit that will fascinate art-lovers, techies, and kids alike. Catch it while you can on Nov. 17 – Dec. 14, 2017 at the Pari Nadimi Gallery in Toronto.]]>
Eva is not one to show up empty handed, so she brought along a gift for her generous hosts at West Coast Customs. She designed and 3D-printed some custom stencils to use as part of the airbrushing class.
Are you interested in designing your own custom 3D-printed stencil? We have good news for you! Eva shares 5 easy steps here:
Choose a logo for you stencil. In this case, we use a jpeg format file of the West Coast Customs logo. You will want to use an image with one color.
Eva uses this free website: http://image.online-convert.com/convert-to-svg.
Upload your jpeg file to online-convert.com and hit “convert.”
Your SVG file will automatically download.
If you don’t already have a TinkerCad account, get one now! It it super easy to model with TinkerCad and it’s free!
Start a new TinkerCad project. The first thing you will want to do is import your SVG file. TinkerCad has this great feature that allows you to import an image and to extrude it.
After the image has been imported, you will want to convert it to a “hole”.
Next you will want to drag a “box” into your workplane.
Resize your box until the length and width cover the entire area of the logo. Then change the height to 2mm. This is the thickness of the stencil. Don’t worry if the over all dimensions aren’t perfect at this time — you can always make final adjustments in APEX 3d printing software.
You are now ready to select all components on the worksplane and “group” them.
And Voila! You now have a stencil to 3D print.
In some circumstances, you will need to add little rectangles to hold the center of an “O” in place. In this case, drag in another box and adjust the height to 2mm, then make it as long or wide as you like.
This is what the final CAD model looks like:
You are now ready to download your stencil for 3D printing:
Open up APEX and load your model file as an STL.
One of the great things about APEX is that you can further adjust and refine the size and thickness of your stencil.
You are ready to 3D print your stencil.