• Dependable, proprietary hot end capable of reaching higher temperatures (320 degrees Celsius) than all other designs on the market
• Auto-leveling before and during a print
• Capable of reliably utilizing over 40 universal polymers
• Sturdy, heated bed design capable of reaching temperatures of 145 degrees Celsius — higher than other printers on the market
• Enclosed build chamber prevents uneven shrinking of parts and provides reliable printing
Difficult to build
Moving build platform creates issues with tall prints
12V power supply makes pre-heating a long process
Poorly built motion system does not prevent backlash
Only capable of printing low-temperature materials, such as PLA
Uses open-source software with no pre-set printing configurations
Small build volume
Hot end made from low quality materials usually full of burrs
No warranty or tech support
Poor instruction manual, if any at all
Low quality parts sourced to save cost, not provide reliability
Lifespan of printer is dramatically lower than higher-end products
With the recent trend in low-cost, budget 3D printers hitting the market, it is tempting to buy these machines for your prototyping needs. Be smart and understand the hidden costs BEFORE you buy. Over the long run, cheaply made machines are more expensive, time consuming, and difficult to maintain. Spend less time fixing an inferior printer and more time using your Airwolf 3D printer to design, build, and innovate. Buy AXIOM.
Which AXIOM is the right 3D printer for you? Let us help! Contact Airwolf 3D at (949) 478-2933 or email us at email@example.com for a free consultation.
With Pokemon Go sweeping the nation, our friends at the Discovery Cube spotted a perfect opportunity for yet another fun way to educate kids through engaging, hands-on experiences. This Saturday, July 23, Discovery Cube OC and Discovery Cube LA will both be hosting Pokemon Go at the Cube.
This family-friendly event indulges Pokemon trainers of all ages with plenty of Pokemon-themed fun, including what surely will be some epic Discovery Cube Pokemon Gym battles with some very special prizes: 3D-printed Pokeballs.
Airwolf 3D is proud to once again partner with the Discovery Cube and serve the OC and LA areas by supporting a local educational event. We’re hard at work designing and 3D printing some unique Poke Ball trophies for the Discovery Cube’s winning Pokemon Gym Leaders. You won’t be able to buy these Poke Balls, they are fully crafted in-house and printed on our own Airwolf 3D printers right here in Costa Mesa, CA.
In addition to plenty of Pokemon hunting (lures WILL be dropped!), the Discovery Cube will host a day of learning based on some of the elements associated with Pokemon types, such as electricity, water, and ice. When you arrive at the museum, simply pick up your “Pokepassport” and visit each learning station to enter to win a $50 gift card or a 3D printed Pokeball. Some of the activities include:
• Pokeball 101. Put your Pokeball skills to the ultimate test to learn how trajectory and aiming can help you be the best trainer!
• Green screen. Take a green screen picture with the logo of either Team Instinct, Mystic, or Valor.
• Town Map Navigation. Learn how navigation has evolved and changed how people travel the world.
• Power Plant. Complete the snap circuit to “catch” Zapdos and learn about electricity
• Watch Pokemon the Movie. Movie times are 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Seating is first come, first serve.
• Pokemon Gym Battle. Bring your Pokemon to the virtual gym located in Dino Quest to battle it out for the title of Discovery Cube Pokemon Gym Leader! Winning leaders will be declared at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m and will receive a $25 gift card and 3D-printed Pokeball! Participants must register the day of the event to be eligible to win.
The best part about this Pokemon Go meetup? In addition to giving the game an educational twist, this event gives kids a fun, safe place to play the wildly popular game. You know your kids will be spending a lot of time playing Pokemon Go this weekend. Bring them to the Cube and they just might learn something, too.
Bonus tip for fellow Pokemon geeks: There are at least three PokeStops outside the Discovery Cube OC and two inside the museum. Happy Hunting!
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Learn to become an Axiom 3D printer technician in our most intensive 3D printer training course yet! This session is available for a maximum of 2 people and includes 2 full days of in-depth 3D printer training on the Axiom series 3D printer. Taught by Airwolf 3D’s expert senior technicians, the course will cover how to use the Axiom 3D printer and how to repair the printer if any issues arise.
Best of all, this advanced 3D printer training program is fully customized to focus on your specific needs and the issues that might arise from your individual 3D printing applications.
The knowledge learned in this course is a great asset for individuals who are responsible for the maintenance and continuous operation of an Airwolf 3D Axiom 3D printer.
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We were very pleased to find our Airwolf 3D printers make such a strong showing. When it came to “3D Printers with the Most Print Time,” Airwolf 3D’s AW3D HDR printer took home the top spot. The numbers were calculated by percentage of print time on the AstroPrint Platform. Composing over a fourth of AstroPrint’s total print time, the AW3D HDR topped the list at 26.6%. When you include Airwolf 3D’s AW3D HD, AW3D HD2X, and AXIOM printers that also made it into Astroprint’s top ten spots, Airwolf 3D printers comprised over 40% of AstroPrint’s total print time.
Airwolf 3D also snagged four places on AstroPrint’s “Most Popular 3D Printers” list, which was determined based on the percentage of users running each printer on the AstroPrint Platform. Coming in at second place with 6.8% of all Astroprint users was Airwolf 3D’s AW3D HD2X machine. The AW3D HDR, AW3D HD, and AXIOM printers took fourth, sixth, and 7th place respectively.
Astroprint also released the numbers regarding the print quality employed by its users. The results show that a whopping 58.8% of AstroPrint users prefer custom settings for their 3D prints. In addition, Astroprint users overwhelmingly prefer Cura as their slicer of choice. Cura was utilized by 86.6% of Astroprint users while Slic3r was used by 13.4%.
Airwolf 3D AXIOM reigns supreme
Find out why the Airwolf 3D AXIOM is consistently regarded as the best large desktop 3D printer!
Earlier this month, we launched our first 3D-printing educational kit: The Talon X1 Drone. Designed specifically for use as part of a STEM education curriculum, Talon X1 is a complete kit that has everything one needs to build and fly a real drone. The goal of the 3D-printed drone kits is to get kids excited about STEM by providing a way to apply it to a fun, super trendy technology. To complete the project successfully, students must master the fundamentals of 3D printing and learn to apply science, math, design, and engineering principles in a hands-on setting.
We recently visited the first group of students to receive a batch of Talon X1 drone kits. Part of a summer enrichment program at Chaparral Middle School in Diamond Bar, CA, the 3D Printing and Drone Building class is taught by Kevin Papke, a teacher for over 20 years at MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School in Santa Ana, CA.
The purpose of our visit was to offer support to Mr. Papke and his students and get some good footage of the students flying their drones for the first time. What we did not expect was how much the experience would teach us about 3D printing.
So without further ado, here are the top five ways kids surprised us with their Airwolf 3D Talon X1 3d-printed drone kits:
One of the things that immediately struck us while spending time with Kevin Papke’s summer drone class was the kids’ level of sophistication when it came to building and troubleshooting their drones. Primarily made up of seventh graders, the 27 kids in Mr. Papke’s class all worked intently and enthusiastically, double-checking their instructional drone videos before checking and rechecking their circuit boards, motors, and propellers. After struggling to fix his team’s drone, Jackson Hayes, a bright-eyed 12-year-old 7th-grader, ran up to us to explain that he pinpointed the location of a short circuit in their drone. It was impressive to say the least.
And that high level of understanding did not stop there. Another young student approached me and asked me why Airwolf 3D printers are better than Makerbots. As I recited my usual laundry list of reasons why Airwolf makes the best 3D printers, he peppered me with questions about everything from the size of the print bed to the types of materials compatible with Airwolf 3D printers. He then asked me if I knew Erick Wolf and how much longer it would take Erick to design a follow-up to the AXIOM!
Tyler Caros, Airwolf 3D’s Creative Director who designed Talon X1 and a drone expert in his own right, summed it up perfectly. After spending some time helping students troubleshoot their drones, Tyler was able to step back and take a break. When I asked him what he thought of the class, he just grinned and said, “I’m blown away right now. These kids are so smart.”
Another pleasant surprise we ran into was the way that Kevin Papke structured his 3D Printing and Drone Building class. Each drone kit was assigned to a team of four students who all got to work on building the drone, but were each responsible for a specific duty on their team. Each team consisted of a Pilot who was responsible for flying the drone, the Programmer/Builder who was the lead engineer on the drone and responsible for bringing instructional materials in case they needed to troubleshoot the drone while out in the field, and then a Director and Videographer who worked together to produce a video documenting their team’s project.
As the kids worked together, asking each other questions and collaborating on solving whatever problems arose with their drones, it was apparent that these kids were driven, passionate, and excited to be working towards a common goal: getting the drone in the air.
With women still underrepresented in STEM fields, we always hope to see a fair number of girls at our 3D-printing events and classes. Out of a class of 27, there were only three girls in Mr. Papke’s summer class. Even more seemingly disappointing was the fact that, while almost all of the boys in class were running back and forth between work stations, excitedly chattering and tinkering with their drones, the three girls quietly sat working at their computers with their headphones on.
I immediately asked Mr. Papke why the girls weren’t working on drones.
“They’re already done with their drone,” Mr. Papke laughed. “You know the difference between girls and boys…the girls actually read and followed all the directions. Their drone is done and now they’re working on their video. They’re the only ones doing exactly what they’re supposed to be doing!”
“…the girls actually read and followed all the directions. Their drone is done and now they’re working on their video. They’re the only ones doing exactly what they’re supposed to be doing!” — Kevin Papke, Robotics Teacher
At Airwolf 3D, we spend a lot of time talking about what we can do to get kids even more excited about 3D printing and STEM education. Something that we haven’t paid as much attention to, but is just as vitally important, is how 3D printing projects can inspire teachers, too.
Kevin Papke realized that the work he and his kids did in their drone class extends to other disciplines and there are some serious math and physics lessons to be learned from flying the drones. As the kids gathered up their drones and prepared to go home for the day, Mr. Papke mused aloud, “If we can measure the angle the drone is flying at, we’ll be able to calculate how high it flies, too. That’s another lesson for the kids.”
To see a teacher inspired to do even more with our 3D printed drone kits has motivated us to push even harder to create new educational 3D-printing kits that offer as much value as possible in the classroom.
We get to do a lot of cool stuff here at Airwolf 3D…projects designed to educate, delight, and engage kids of all ages. We are the primary sponsors and trainers for the ocMaker Challenge. We are an annual exhibitor at Inventor’s Week at the Discovery Cube OC. Over the years, we’ve seen all sorts of amazing inventions created with our 3D printers.
As the kids from Mr. Papke’s class prepared to go home for the day, we overheard some truly heart-warming comments. As one student climbed into a car, we heard him yell, “We made a drone today!” Another student even told his mom, “I don’t wanna go home. We’re flying drones!”
If you read our blog, follow us on social media, or have ever attended an Airwolf 3D event or workshop, you understand that the Wolfpack is deeply passionate about spreading a “maker” culture of creativity, innovation, and tinkering. That’s why it really hits home for us when we get to see kids so excited about something they made with our 3D printers and kits. Visiting Mr. Papke’s class was no different. The excitement was contagious. And it just never gets old.
Stay tuned for an interview with Kevin Papke and a video of his students’ drones in action!
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You asked for more and we listened! Get your favorite 3D printing materials in larger sizes…and for even better prices. Larger spools mean larger prints and more efficient printing because you do not have to change the filament as often. Go ahead and print for days. These jumbo spools of filament have got you covered.
Previously available only in 2.2 lb spools, our customer favorite Platinum Series ABS Filament is now available in a whopping 5 lb spool in our most popular colors: Black, Natural, Red, and White.
Another favorite among Airwolf 3D customers and staff, our Polycarbonate filament, is now also available in White or Clear 5 lb spools.
If you use the 5 lb spool, you can 3D print your new spool holder by downloading this file.
With all the 3D printing you’ll be doing with your new 5 lb spools, you’re going to need to load up on your favorite Wolfbite Bed Adhesion Solution, too. And we’ve got you (and your print bed) covered!
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For example, if a client comes to jbA for kitchen rennovation services, the architectural firm can provide a 1:50 scale printed 3D model of a client’s new dream kitchen. Creating 3d printed architectural models of 2D renderings opens up a more productive dialogue with clients and helps firms deliver a beautiful design with greater efficiency and lower cost.
3D printing architectural models is a remarkable service to offer because it helps both clients and contractors visualize what the final design will look like. Most non-architects can not understand a blueprint as easily or effectively as a profesional designer. As Nat Ellis, Head of 3D Visualisation for JB Architecture, put it, “Most people can’t read, or haven’t had experience reading 2D plans so they struggle to visualise exactly what the property will be like”.
When it comes to 3D printing architectural models, however, the design truly comes to life. Clients can see small details. They even can walk, literally, in a full circle around the model and see it from every angle — a full 360 degree view that is impossible to achieve with a two-dimensional rendering.
3D printing architectural models also provides clients and designers an easier way to assess and evaluate critical, but elusive, elements such as light. By positioning and adjusting light outside the windows of a model, you can determine the way the room will look as light changes throughout the day. You then can make changes to your design as desired.
The ease with which you can make changes to a 3D-printed prototype is another reason why firms are 3D printing architectural models. Older methods of rendering are expensive and time-consuming. Often involving hours of careful, painstaking work, traditional architectural models are made from a wide range of materials, including paper and wood. When it comes to 3D printing architectural models, it is much easier to make changes and simply print new designs.
For example, JB Architecture will print a full set of kitchen designs to allow clients to explore their options and get a better feel for the size and layout of the kitchen before committing to an order. jbA now even 3D prints models of popular furnishings to allow clients to make the 3D model of their future dream home even more realistic.
3D printing architectural models helps not only layman clients to more effectively visualize and understand a 2-dimensional blue print, but it also helps keep contractors on the same page by giving them a more clear understanding of the end product.
Want to know why Airwolf 3D printers are the best choice for architects and engineers? Contact us at (949) 478-2933 or email email@example.com and we will be happy to provide solutions for you.
Inventor’s Week is an annual event at the Discovery Cube children’s museum that encourages “tinkering, building, and exploring while learning about electronic and robotic principles that every inventor and engineer should know!”
As part of our continuing mission to enhance integrated STEM education through 3D printing, Airwolf 3D is excited to celebrate another year at Inventor’s Week with the unveiling of Talon X1, the new Airwolf 3D-Printed Drone. The drone kit is designed for use as part of a 3D printing curriculum and includes everything students need to create a full, working drone.
Starting on July 5, 2016, members of the Airwolf 3D Wolfpack will be at the Discovery Cube to welcome kids and introduce them to the exciting world of 3D printing. Come meet Talon X1, see one of our Axiom 3D printers in action, and play interactive 3D-printed games!
Come visit us on Friday, July 8th and see the Talon X1 drone take flight — live from inside the Cube! Talon X1 creator and Airwolf 3D Creative Director Tyler Caros will be on hand to answer questions and give visitors a thrilling look at the new drone.
Drop by the Cube on Sunday July 10, 2016 at 12:00 PM and catch Erick Wolf, Co-Founder and CTO of Airwolf 3D, give a presentation on how he went from inventing Airwolf’s first 3D printer in his garage to developing the current Airwolf 3D machines that have become the gold standard in desktop 3D printing.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
So what do 3D printers and drones have in common? Airwolf 3D Creative Director Tyler Caros shares the inspiration behind Airwolf 3D’s newest product release.
Back when I started at Airwolf 3D, I was fresh out of the drone industry. I actually first came upon Airwolf 3D as a customer who needed the perfect prototyping machine. Airwolf was right around the corner and, with its high-performance, but user-friendly machines, the company was the perfect choice for me. I bought a kit and was prototyping parts for commercial drones within hours.
Within the first couple of months I was able to produce many products for drones that were used in productions such as the American Pickers TV show, and Germany’s Next Top Model. Without the 3D printer, I would never have finished the amount of prototyping that needed to be done in such a short amount of time. To say the least, the 3D printer was the perfect tool.
For the past couple of years, several teachers and students have asked me about how they can use their 3D printer to teach and learn in new and exciting ways. This was the perfect opportunity for me to step in and provide something that other companies have not done. Sure, there are thousands of projects online — they even include a full bill of materials and complete instructions. The problem with these projects is that they are not obtainable in a fast-paced education environment. Teachers simply do not have the time to order several individual parts, only later to find that certain items have been discontinued, are difficult to find, or are very expensive.
And the problem was growing. As I began speaking to more teachers, they all seemed to have the same desire: They wanted something fun to do with their printer — something that not only focuses on 3D printing, but also shows a way to use the printer as a tool. Not only do the teachers have to be excited to teach it, but the students must be able to relate. What better way to achieve this goal than combine 3D printing with the hottest new technology: drones.
The Talon X1 Educational Drone Kit encompasses 3D printing, electrical engineering, soldering skills, and programming — all in one easy-to-build package that comes with everything you need to not only build, but also to actually fly a cutting-edge quadcopter. From the STL files to all of the electronics, the kit comes with absolutely everything you need to print, build, and fly a 3D-printed drone. The 3D-printed drone kit for students is also upgradeable, as Airwolf 3D plans to release upgrades such as a live video feed, LED kits and much more. This kit brings the excitement of 3D printers and drones together in one great all-in-one package that is sure to get your students excited. The kit sells for $399.00 and is now available for pre-order.
If you’ll be in the Southern California area, join us for Inventor’s Week at the Discovery Cube OC! From July 5th – July 10th, we will have a Talon X1 for you to check out and we’ll even be flying it within the museum. With plenty of interactive exhibits and invention activities, Inventor’s Week is a wonderful experience that’s fun for the whole family. We hope to see you there!]]>
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.]]>