Hot off the heels of this announcement, Feetz has been preparing to ramp up production and install their first high-impact visual retail display for one of DSW’s most highly trafficked stores in New York City. We can’t give away many details just yet, but we’re so excited that the incredible display will include Airwolf 3D printers in action!
Feetz CEO and founder Lucy Beard sat down and talked with us, offering up her amazing story and sharing some of the technical challenges she’s experienced on her entrepreneurial journey, advice for aspiring 3D-printed apparel designers, and her vision of the future of 3D-printed shoes:
Many understand the often harrowing struggle of trying to buy the perfect pair of shoes: You look at dozens of pairs of shoes until you find a style you like…only to find that they do not fit properly. Soon you find yourself trying on pair after pair until you find one that fits…only to find that you’re not too jazzed about the color, heel height, or style. Now repeat this process until you find the perfect pair of shoes (if you’re lucky). Maddening, isn’t it?
This is exactly what happened to Lucy while shopping for shoes one day. Frustrated and tired, Lucy took a coffee break and ordered up a “grande mocha light with two pumps.” And that’s when it dawned on her: Why can’t buying shoes be as easy as ordering the perfect cup of coffee?
That’s when Lucy set out to make chic and comfortable footwear that fits perfectly, offers a myriad of style options, and is easy to purchase. Feetz was born.
Feetz is the first company to use 3D printers to produce custom-fitted, sustainable — and super stylish! — shoes. To order a pair of perfectly personalized shoes from Feetz, you simply download the brand’s app onto your mobile device and follow the simple directions for creating a 3D model of your feet. Feetz then uses the precise digital models of your feet to 3D print a fully customized pair of shoes that arrive on your doorstep in less than two weeks.
To make things even easier, once your pair of Feetz shoes wears out, simply mail them back and Feetz will recycle the old shoes and ship you a new pair. Your new shoes will be perfectly fitted, of course, thanks to the personalized measurements that they keep on file for you.
Many were skeptical when Lucy set out to 3D print shoes. Would the 3D printers be powerful and fast enough to keep up with demand? Would the 3D printers have the capability to manufacture shoes out of comfortable, aesthetically pleasing materials while still maintaining the close attention to detail that is synonymous with quality? The answer was a resounding “yes.”
As much a tech company as it is an apparel house, Feetz went through a lot of trial and error before finding the right mass customization 3D printers for their product. Feetz needed a robust, user-friendly 3D printer that could produce the shoe’s unique woven-style upper and highly durable, but flexible, soles. Fortunately, Airwolf 3D printers fit the bill.
Feetz also considers the visual appeal of Airwolf 3D printers as an added value. Just as Feetz holds its shoes to high standards of function and beauty, Lucy also wanted 3D printers that meet those same standards. Kindly describing Airwolf 3D’s newest generation of Axiom machines as the “Apple of 3D printers,” Lucy found that Airwolf 3D’s mass customization 3D printers not only fulfilled Feetz’s rigorous manufacturing needs, but also serve as equipment that is beautiful enough to appear in Feetz retail displays and media photo shoots.]]>
More employers are looking for students who have working knowledge of 3D printers and their processes. As such, if you buy a 3D printer for the classroom, your students will receive relevant skill sets that improve their chances at employment. It will also enable them to pursue entrepreneurship opportunities.
Many community colleges have acquired a 3D printer via Perkins funding.
There are a variety of 3D printers. Your end-user requirements and cost constraints will largely determine your 3D printer selection. The type of source material will also be a factor. When it comes to having to buy 3D printers for your school, Airwolf 3D offers an unrivaled package for educators: We provide training, lesson plans, and bonus startup bundles that include extra materials, nozzles, glass and Wolfbite bed adhesion solution.
Depending on the 3D printer school package you purchase, Airwolf 3D will even provide the prize money for self-hosted 3D Printer Maker Challenges — and that is all on top of our standard 12-month warranty and 6-month tech support package.
While there are cheaper 3D printers used in classrooms, Airwolf 3D offers a solution that saves money over the long term and ultimately provides a 3D printing learning experience that best serves students, teachers, and their communities. Worried about your budget or technical ability? No problem. Give us a call at (949) 478-2933 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to give you a free consultation and work with you to come up with the best options that fit your budget and optimize your curriculum.
3D Printers already have been integrated into several courses at various community colleges, including: Art, Architecture, Computer-Aided Design & Drafting, Engineering Technology, Manufacturing, Pre-Dental, and more. If you would like help determining how to integrate a 3D Printer into one of your courses, please contact your regional CACT director.
In most cases, a 3D Printer can be plugged into an existing outlet. No special infrastructure-related considerations are required.
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Hi, my name is Erick Wolf and I’m the founder of Airwolf 3D and the lead designer of the AXIOM 3D Printer. The idea today is to show you quickly how to get started using this large 3D printer. The AXIOM’s frame and construction were specially designed to retain heat within the printer. Retaining heat inside a 3D printer is absolutely critical when printing with materials like ABS and Polycarbonate.
When cool air makes contact with these materials, the parts can warp and crack. We designed the AXIOM so you can print for at least a week straight using these materials (especially ABS) and get stunning parts. One of the beautiful things is that we’ve done this all in a desktop form factor. This is the only large 3D printer in the world that’s enclosed, can fit on your desktop, and can make parts even approaching the size that you can make with the AXIOM 3D Printer.
We spent thousands of hours coming up with the ideas to roll everything into a very compact package. The size of the AXIOM 3D Printer build platform is 12.5″ x 8″ x 10″ — that is a massive 3D print! We’ve done really large objects like an engine in ABS. We’ve also done sculptures that are 10 inches high without any cracks on them. The only way you ever could do that is with an enclosed chamber; that was the most important design consideration for the AXIOM 3D Printer.
If you look at any other large 3D printer with a comparable print volume, they’re massive, they weigh hundreds of pounds, and they cost tens of thousands of dollars. We achieved our design by taking everything that we learned from making 3D printers over the last three-and-a-half years and combining it with input from customers as well as all sorts of creative ideas. We made a highly compact drive system, a CoreXY system, that is lightweight and very low profile. The motors, belts, rods and bearings are all tucked into an area approximately 2.5 inches in height.
In addition, we use a compact Z mechanism with a bed and a single precision lead screw. We also have the noble way of sealing the top of the machine while keeping the hot-end very close to that portion. If you’ve seen other desktop 3D printers that attempt to enclose their design, there’s always a big tube popping up at the top that gets loose and becomes unmanageable.
Another key feature of this large 3D printer’s design is its easily removable acrylic top. Simply pop the piece of acrylic right off and you can have access to anything you want. The entire print mechanism is contained within four inches.
One of the unique aspects of the AXIOM 3D Printer is that we’re using a Bowden drive system. We managed to design it in a compact radius that, in the shortest possible amount of space, allows the filament to move from a vertical position to a horizontal position as it travels across the top of the printer before transitioning back down to a vertical position. The tube goes in and out of the back of the machine, extends into the circuit board and back into the feed mechanisms. As you’re running the AXIOM 3D Printer, you never realize all that’s going on inside of this machine. The design makes it so easy to use and so compact. In fact, one of the benefits of the AXIOM’s design is that you can stack the printers on top of each other. You only have to make sure that they’re secured to the wall, but physically the machines will handle it.
To enclose this volume, you can’t just print out parts and expect them to last with all that heat in the chamber. We have a combination of injection molded polycarbonate and aluminum extrusions, along with interior pieces made out of both ABS and printed polycarbonate. The result is a rugged, fully integrated system that keeps tolerances and also heat in at the same time. The AXIOM 3D Printer is incredibly strong, with a lot of aluminum and polycarbonate bolted and fastened together. We have an aluminum-intensive heated bed section and aluminum back plate. In addition, the roads are steel and precision ground. All of these elements culminate in a very strong machine that you cannot break and that will give you tight tolerances — a machine that can be treated like a tool needs to be treated.
The whole idea here is that we want to provide you with a tool to use for 3D printing. 3D printing is an activity, but it’s not a game. This isn’t a toy to use to make trinkets (although you could if you wanted to). This is a professional machine that is easy to use: Simply press the “on” button and it will make your part.]]>
In the world of 3D printing, ABS can be a very frustrating material to work with. Are you tired of trying to remove your parts and you end up either breaking your glass, the PET film or the parts themselves? Or maybe your parts are warping, giving you peeled corners or cracked edges? Time and time again, one of the main 3d printing problems we hear about is ABS not sticking to the bed.
With Airwolf 3D’s Wolfbite solution, these frustrations are a thing of the past. When you use Wolfbite, no PET film or Capton tape is necessary. Simply dip the applicator brush into the bottle and give the glass a nice, light coat. This coat will give you numerous prints.
After applying the Wolfbite, put your glass on the heat bed and begin your print. Notice now that you get no peeling, warping or cracking and the ABS sticks perfectly to the glass. After months of testing, Airwolf 3D specially formulated this solution to not only allow parts to stick properly to the bed without warping and cracking, but also to allow the user to remove parts easily when printing is complete. Tired of poor surface quality on the bottom of your parts? Wolfbite also solves this issue. Get a nice smooth, clean finish on every part you print. Wolfbite works with any brand of 3D printer.
If ABS not sticking to the bed is not your only problem, Wolfbite also prevents a wide variety of materials from sticking to your build plate and is available in three other Wolfbite solutions specially formulated for your material of choice:
Wolfbite for 3D printing with ABS, PETG, TPU, and TPE
Wolfbite Nano for PLA
Wolfbite Mega for Polycarbonate and PC/ABS
Wolfbite Nitro for superior Nylon-Based adhesion
Ready to get “unstuck?”
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It took me about three weeks to learn the basics of Fusion 360 and perfect my design. I still have a lot to learn, but seeing how well this project turned out is definitely great motivation to keep on learning. The idea for my Tool Caddy design came from always misplacing my tools. I thought, how cool would it be to have something similar to a regular toolbox, but for all my Airwolf tools that I use on a daily basis?
I wanted everything to have a place, so I made sure to have a compartment for all the important tools and accessories needed to run an Airwolf 3D printer.
For this design, I decided to use the AW3D AXIOM 3D printer. I used Cura as my printing slicing software and ABS standard settings (hot end temperature at around 235-255°C and bed temperature between 110-130°C). ABS filament in Natural was my material of choice because of its impact resistance, strength and stiffness. For bed adhesion, I applied one coat of Wolfbite for ABS prior to heating the bed and my part stuck firmly to the glass. Infill was 15% and speed was 70 mm/s. The longevity of this print is 15 hours and 27 minutes.
If you would like to print up one of these handy tool caddies for yourself, you can find my design on Watertight.
For more 3D printing tips, tricks, and news, follow @Airwolf3D on Twitter or find us on Facebook. You also can run with the Wolfpack on Instagram!]]>
The ocMaker Challenge is a school 3D printer competition, an integrated STEM project that incorporates elements of art and design. Organized by the Orange County Department of Education and Career Technical Education of Orange County (“CTEoc”), students compete to design and manufacture a product that utilizes 3D-printed parts. All participants are required to include a presentation, demo video, and prototype of their product. All 170 projects, including the projects by the ocMaker Challenge 2016 winners, were 3D-printed on Airwolf 3D printers!
“Students must design and build (or significantly repurpose) a physical product, that will solve a problem, a need or a want.”
Awards are cash prizes that are sponsored by Airwolf 3D, who has been with the ocMaker Challenge since the very beginning. Erick Wolf, founder of Airwolf 3D and instructor to the teachers, was there to present the big check prizes to the winners.
The projects were amazing! Our personal favorite was the “Fork 5” by students at La Quinta High School in the Garden Grove Unified School District. You can see their video here:
Another favorite was the “3D Printer Filament Storage Module” by students at El Modena High School in the Orange Unified School District. This nifty device has a counter to display how much filament has been used and how much is still left on a spool! This is a great product for day-to-day 3D printing enthusiasts to use:
To learn more about this STEM event, please be sure to check out the video:
If you are interested in replicating a similar STEM experience for your school or other educational program, please contact Airwolf 3D to learn more about our training for teachers, quantity pricing, and sponsorship of cash prizes. Contact us at (949) 478-2933 or email us at email@example.com. You also can click here to learn more about hosting your own school 3D printing competition.
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3D scanning and 3D printing really go hand in hand. There are many ways to create 3D models, but using 3D scanning technology not only can replicate things that already exist in a real physical form, but the files also can be stored for years to come and can be reproduced a countless number of times.
We have all seen the handheld laser scanners on the market or maybe the large scanning booths. Those systems are either very expensive or the quality is not good enough to produce a great-looking replica. How can we bring this technology down to a price range that is obtainable to the everyday person without sacrificing quality? This is where photogrammetry comes in. Using an average DSLR camera, anyone can scan objects, almost anywhere.
A few weeks ago, our purchasing manager Michael Platt brought in a real Mammoth leg bone. As soon as he displayed it in his office, I knew I had to borrow it for a few days because I just had to have one of my own. For a couple of weeks, I kept my eye on the mammoth bone — and then the day came when I finally had a few hours to scan it. I will not go into too much detail, but for those of you looking to try 3D scanning on a budget, this will give you good insight on the workflow and how to get a basic scan with little work by using an affordable DSLR camera and some low-cost software.
For this scan, I set up the photo room with even lighting. You don’t want harsh lighting on your subject. I simply used my normal room lights for this. If the lights are too harsh, you can diffuse them with some tracing paper.
I set the bone on a small box I had laying around. You want to have the least amount of surface area touching the box as possible because this will have to be patched later after scanning. I am not using any fancy turntables, green screens, or other sophisticated equipment for this project because I want to show that great results can still be had on a budget. I also wanted this to be as simple as possible.
I usually walk around my subject three times, taking each picture with about a 60% overlap. This ensures that all of the details have been captured and that the software can properly “stitch” the model. In most cases, I take my photos at three levels: a shot from below that captures the bottom details while angled up at the subject, a straight-forward shot, and a down-angle shot that looks over the top of the subject. After my three rounds of photos are complete, I go back in and capture small details. This is especially important if you have more intricate elements like holes or cutouts. Try to capture as much detail as you can.
After the photos are taken, we must import them into 3D scanning software. I use the standard version of Agisoft Photoscan because it is a great software package and is easy to use. Another program you can use is Autodesk’s new ReMake software, which also works well.
Once the photos are imported, the software uses them to create a 3D model. It does this by using an algorithm which compares similar patterns and points in the photos and then stitches them together, creating the 3D model. For a large number of photographs (I usually take an average of 120-140 photos per scan), processing can take some time — but it is well worth the wait.
The process has a couple more steps, which will help clean up the model and prepare it for 3D printing. Using a 3D mesh editor, I removed the box from under the bone. I also patched the hole and decimated the mesh. You can use many different software packages to do this, including Blender, Meshmixer, and ZBrush. I used ZBrush, which is a paid software, but is also very powerful. Blender and Meshmixer are both free and work great for cleaning up scans as well.
After the model was cleaned up, I uploaded it to the Netfabb cloud service to make sure everything is watertight. Once the file was repaired, it was ready for 3D printing. Next Step: Preparing for 3D Printing and Painting. Stay Tuned…]]>
Thanks to our security system and network of surveillance cameras, we were able to view a portion of the robbery in action and it appears to have been well organized and planned in advance. The security footage showed the two suspects arrive in a champagne-colored Ford Econoline van. They stopped briefly before throwing the vehicle into reverse and swiftly ramming into Airwolf 3D’s warehouse receiving door and breaking the door open, so they could access inventory located closest to their point of entry. The robbery took a total time of under three minutes.
It appears that there were two suspects directly involved in the robbery and they are believed to be a man and a woman. The woman wore all black and had her face covered. Dressed head-to-toe in green camouflage battle dress, the driver is seen jumping out of the van before climbing back in again.
The vehicle sustained some damage on its rear bumper and our security team is currently using forensic software to try to analyze both the van’s license plate number and the identity of the suspects.
Whether or not you are one of our valued Airwolf 3D printer customers, as a fellow member of our community, we ask that you please take a look at this video and, if you have any information about these suspects’ identities or the vehicle they drove, please let authorities know immediately. We also are always happy to speak with you. Simply give us a call at (949) 478-2933 with any tips or information you may have.
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We respectfully ask that you purchase your Airwolf 3D printers directly from us or from an authorized 3d printer reseller. This way, you always can rest assured that you are receiving 100% authentic Airwolf 3D printers, our manufacturer warranty, and excellent customer service. Please send your questions or tips to us at info@airwolf3D.com or give us a call at (949)478-2933. You can also leave anonymous tips here: Submit anonymous tip about Orange County 3D printer robbery.]]>
Over 20 AXIOM 3D printers were used during this incredible event!
Airwolf 3D staff were on site to offer training, inspiration and technical assistance during the event.
Want to get a glimpse of the training offered before the 3D Printing Hackathon? Here is a video /quiz that you can also take: http://zapt.io/tubmmys5
Warner Bros. approach to exploring 3D printing technology is revolutionary. As 3D printer manufacturers and vendors, we see firsthand how some companies adopt desktop 3D printers into their creative processes. Some like to assign a 3D printer to one interested engineer to tinker and evaluate for possible integration without much direction. Other companies simply place the 3D printer on an employee’s desk and say, “learn this and see if it can help us,” despite the employee’s lack of interest or time. Yet others will begin to bring this very useful tool into the workplace only after several 3D printer enthusiasts have pleaded a strong case.
Warner Bros. on the other hand, has taken a very wise approach. The company invited all employees to participate in a voluntary 32 hour 3D Printing Hackathon. Participants where challenged to design and 3D print a new thing that could be useful at work. The level of participation was unprecedented. WB was pleasantly surprised that 17 teams of brilliant designers, engineers, and all around innovators signed up for the challenge! Together with Airwolf 3D, about 125 of these brave hackers learned about 3D printing and set out on the morning of May 11th to design and make their prototypes. They worked tirelessly throughout the night and until the late afternoon of the 12th.
The benefits of this 3D Printing Hackathon:
• It quickly identified key pioneers at the company with the desire to learn and embrace 3D printers in their workplace.
• It avoided feelings of a new technology being “forced” on staff.
• Prevented the potential financial burden of placing additive manufacturing equipment in departments where it might simply collect dust.
• It was a positive team building experience, filled with creativity, innovation and cross-collaboration among various departments.
What cool things did the participants make? Well, we can’t tell you, as that would be giving away secrets. What we can tell you is that the Warner Bros. participants came up with some seriously cool ideas that we had not seen before – and we have seen just about everything. Keep watching Warner Bros. productions and keep your eyes peeled for 3D printed inventions!
Transporting 20 machines, accessories and staff members was not an easy endeavor, however it was all well coordinated and the Airwolf 3D team had a blast at the Warner Bros. studios. Our seasoned Wolfpack is well familiar with the film industry and has helped with many projects, including the hit TV series “Bones“, and the film “Interstellar“.
We loaded up the 3D printers into the Airwolf 3D RV on May 10th, but before doing this, we took the opportunity to make a giant wall of 3D printers and take a few pictures. Airwolf 3D provided a memento to all the participants, it was of course 3D printed! Here are a few photos of the Hackathon event:
Airwolf 3D prides itself in building the best desktop 3D printer for professional and educational use. We enjoy making 3D printers, teaching and inspiring new users and most importantly, we consult with companies and schools to identify their unique uses for this equipment. If your company would like to host a Hackathon and learn more about YOUR competitive advantage, please drop us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Airwolf 3D is coming back to the Anaheim Convention Center for the 2016 California STEM Symposium from October 9th through 11th. At the 2016 California STEM Symposium you can expect inspiring keynote speakers, their biggest Makerspace to date, engaging curriculum and classroom practices for California’s updated standards, including the Next Generation Science Standards, hands-on learning and student demonstrations.
Early Bird Registration to attend ends April 30th! Register Now before rates go up on May 1st.
• Diversity, Girls, and Inclusion in STEM
• California’s Updated Standards: Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards
• Business, Community, and Post-Secondary Partnerships
• STEM Learning Across Disciplines
• STEM in Out-Of-School/Expanded Learning and Pathways
• STEM and the Arts
• Leadership in STEM
To be effective, California’s endeavors to improve schools and raise student accomplishment must incorporate propelling our student’s comprehension of STEM: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Through STEM education, students learn to become problem solvers, innovators, creators, and collaborators and go on to fill the critical pipeline of engineers, scientists, and innovators so fundamental to the future of California and the nation.
Sunday, October 9th, 2016 – Tuesday, October 11, 2016
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Anaheim Convention Center
800 W Katella Ave
Anaheim, California 92802
Airwolf 3D can help your educational organization create a powerful STEM learning experience and empower students in your neighborhood! We will provide valuable resources to get you started, a blueprint to follow, and some help along the way. Click here to learn more about hosting your own 3D Printer Competition for Students.
If you are interested in replicating a similar STEM experience in your school district, please contact Airwolf 3D to learn more about our training for teachers, quantity pricing, and sponsorship of cash prizes. You can contact us at (949) 478-2933 or email us at email@example.com.]]>