LAS VEGAS, NV, Jan. 5, 2017. Those who use 3D printers now have the opportunity to break away from traditional support material and create objects previously thought impossible to 3D print. California-based Airwolf 3D today announces HydroFill Water-Soluble Support, the world’s first highly effective washable support material for large ABS and PLA parts. Designed for use with any brand of compatible FFF 3D printer, the new filament withstands high temperatures, strongly bonds with ABS and PLA plastics and rinses away with water.
Until now, most 3D printer users were restricted to 3D printing only certain types of designs because there were limited options available when it came to support material, or support structures. The most basic method of employing support is to use the same material that is used for the object being printed. With this technique, the support is erected similarly to scaffolding on a building and “props up” any steeply angled overhangs. Referred to as “breakable” support, this type of support is effective, but can be messy, time-consuming, and difficult to remove by mechanical breakage or trimming. It is not unusual to spend hours cleaning or cutting away support material from a 3D-printed object using razor blades, scalpels, sandpaper, and even power tools.
Some objects, such as the HydroFill Gearbox pictured above, are even impossible to print because while the internal geometry of the part requires internal support, the outer portion of the design makes it extremely difficult, even impossible, to get inside the object in order to remove its internal support material. For years, people have tried to solve this problem with support structures that are supposed to dissolve in water or various chemicals. These products are messy and even dangerous — plus, none of them have proven very successful.
“We finally formulated the first real, water-soluble filament in the world and one of the things that makes HydroFill really unique is that it works beautifully when making large ABS parts.”
“Since we started Airwolf 3D over four and a half years ago, our customers have been asking for a soluble support option that truly works,” said Airwolf 3D Co-Founder and Lead Designer Erick Wolf. “We finally formulated the first real, water-soluble filament in the world and one of the things that makes HydroFill really unique is that it works beautifully when making large ABS parts. Even when exposed to high temperatures, HydroFill maintains its structural integrity while still rinsing away easily with water.”
Hydrofill Water Soluble Support was developed at Airwolf 3D in conjunction with Prof. Miodrag ‘Mickey’ Micic, Sc.D., Ph.D., a department chairman and professor of engineering design technology at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA.
“HydroFill is a proprietary, polymer-blend formulation that is ideal for printing soluble toolings as well as rafts for large-surface-area parts,” explained Prof. Micic. “It is the first viable soluble support material in the world that dissolves in clean water without the use of any caustic chemicals, detergents, or solvents and without the use of special equipment like ultrasonic or heated baths. HydroFill is a universal, green chemistry solution.”
HydroFill Water-Soluble Filament joins Airwolf 3D’s suite of innovative products, such as Wolfbite Premium Bed Adhesion Solution, designed for use with virtually any dual head 3D printer. To better accommodate users with different brands of 3D printers, HydroFill Water-Soluble Filament will be available in both 1.75 mm and 3.0 mm diameters for an introductory price of $98.00.
Airwolf 3D will debut the revolutionary soluble support material at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, NV.]]>
In only four years, Airwolf 3D has grown into the world’s most innovative and reliable desktop 3D printer brand. And none of it is possible without you. All of Airwolf 3D’s major innovations were inspired by customers asking us for solutions to seemingly impossible challenges. Thank you so much for giving us incredible opportunities to improve through serving your needs.
While this has been a great year for us, we have some really big news just around the corner. Stay tuned, we are excited to share it with you in the new year!
We wish you all the joy and blessings of the holiday season — and a wildly successful 2017.
– The Wolfpack
Always up for a challenge and committed to finding solutions for his customers, Jack set out to demonstrate how an Airwolf 3D Direct Drive printer can print end-parts out of traditionally difficult-to-use materials that are flexible, like TPE. When asked what specific sample part he would like to see printed on an Airwolf 3D Direct Drive printer, the customer requested a CV boot of any type. He wanted to see if it really was possible to 3D print the commonly used car part out of TPE.
Also called a “CV Joint Boot,” a CV boot is an accordian-like rubber part that is used to protect the CV, or “constant velocity,” joint of a car. Located between a car’s transmission and its wheels, the CV joint helps propel a car forward and allows it to turn left, right, forward, or backward with its front wheels.
The CV boot not only covers and protects the CV joint, but also holds the grease that keeps the joint lubricated. When a CV boot cracks, dirt, rocks and other debris can get into the drive-axle joint, making for a bumpy ride and a telltale clicking noise when turning the wheel of the car.
To create the sample part, Jack first needed to find a file to print. After doing a little research on Grabcad, Jack found a CAD file for a CV Joint Boot.
Using free online software called Babel3D, Jack converted the CAD file into an .STL file before using APEX 3D Printing Software to slice the part and create the gCode file required to print the part.
Because APEX is pre-configured with material profile settings optimized for Airwolf 3D printers, there were not many adjustments needed before slicing the part to create printable gCode.
Making sure “AXIOM (Direct Drive)” was selected under “Machine” in the top menu, Jack simply selected his desired settings from the “Quickprint” menu. He selected “TPE”, “Standard” print quality, and support “Everywhere.”
While these settings surely would get the job done, Jack tweaked the settings just a little more. With his extensive experience in 3D printing, Jack knew that, with a few small changes, the part would be even easier to print.
To make the support material more effective — and easier to remove once the print was complete — Jack opened up “Expert Settings”, clicked the “More Settings” box (the button with the three dots on it) next to the “Support Type” field. He then made the following changes:
Overhang angle for support (deg): 45
Distance X/Y (mm): 1
Distance Z (mm): 0.2
Jack then “sliced” the part by saving it as gCode and printed it out on an AXIOM Direct Drive 3D printer.
The CV boot took a total of seven hours to print and came out perfectly. The total cost of materials was only $6.89.
If you live in or are stationed in a remote location with limited access to automotive service, 3D printing your own repair parts can be a lifesaver. Rather than waiting days or weeks (or even more!) for a repair, you simply can use your 3D printer to make the parts you need.
When it comes to professional automotive use, adding 3D printing to your workflow provides even more benefits, helping to cut costs, save time, and provide virtually limitless customization options.
A professional desktop 3D printer can represent real cost savings for an automotive business. Most CV boots cost between $10 to $25 — and that does not include the time and gas it might take to find and pick up the part. More commonly, however, these parts are not usually readily available and need to be ordered. That can mean days, even weeks, before you receive the part — not to mention the additional price you may have to pay for shipping and handling.
The total cost of materials for our 3D-printed CV boot was only $6.89. Plus, the part took only seven hours to print — a simple process that runs in the background while you perform other tasks.
While it is a fairly easy and relatively inexpensive repair, one of the problems with replacing a CV boot is that there are so many different types that it is virtually impossible to keep them all in stock. Rather than carrying excess inventory that you do not even know whether or not you will actually use, you instead can build a library of files for different parts that can be customized and 3D printed as necessary. When you have a reliable desktop 3D printer designed for professional use, you can print only the part you need, when you need it.
When it comes to 3D printing automotive parts, the level of customization that you can make to a part is really only limited by your imagination — and your 3D modeling skills. And even if you are not a skilled CAD designer, simple customization is still possible through the use of simple-to-use software. For example, if the CV boot discussed in this case study is too large or too small, you can scale it up or down using APEX 3D-Printing Software.
If you wish to make simple customizations to a part, you also can use free 3D design software like Tinkercad or 123D Design to make changes to the shape of the part so that it will be perfectly designed for your particular application.
Have questions about 3D printing automotive parts? Give Airwolf 3D a call at (949)478-2933 or email us at email@example.com.]]>
Yes, by now many of us have seen a dual head 3D printer in action. Or perhaps you have noticed a cool two-color, 3D-printed part and asked yourself, “How did they do that? How did they design a model for dual heads? Can I learn how to use dual extruders? How does one even begin to slice such a part for running two extruders in tandem?”
I am here to tell you that you too can easily design and 3D print an amazing part with two materials. 3D printing with multiple materials is a lot less complicated than you might think.
There are several benefits to having two print heads. One 3D printer dual extruder advantage is the ability to print with a dissolvable support material. For example, nozzle no. 1 can print the model in ABS and nozzle no. 2 will print the dissolvable support to hold up overhangs, such as a cross bridge between two towers. Imagine this: Without support, nozzle no. 1 would attempt to print a bridge by depositing hot gooey plastic in mid-air and, ultimately, it would just drip down and fall on the print bed. Can you imagine such a hot mess? Fortunately, nozzle no. 2 is there to help and will be printing a foundation of support material so that nozzle no. 1 will have a nice solid platform to deposit and build the bridge.
Another 3D printer dual extruder advantage is the ability to print one solid object in two different colors. Take for instance this red and black ball bearing. It is 3D printed in red AND black ABS filament using two print heads simultaneously and as one single component.
In this case study, we will demonstrate how easy it is to 3D print a ukulele in two different colors of ABS filament and how to put your dual extruders to work.
This case study will walk you through the five easy steps of 3D printing a dual color ukulele. Before we get started, wrap your head around the fact that 3D printing a part with two materials is actually like printing two “separate” parts at once. To quickly demonstrate this, we start with a pre-existing .STL model of a ukulele that is already broken up into two components. Steps include: Importing the .STL model components into a CAD software, aligning the components, exporting positioned components as individual “parts,” importing the two parts into 3D printer dual extruder software and slicing for a dual extrusion printer. But enough of that complicated technical jargon — let’s get started!
When the AXIOM 20 gave us the capability to 3D print parts as big as 20 inches tall, it opened up a whole new world of bigger possibilities. Seeing as how a couple of us at Airwolf 3D recently started playing the ukulele and considering that the standard height of a soprano ukulele is about 20 inches, it seemed natural to 3D print a dual color full size ukulele in one print job!
We found this well-designed ukulele on Thingiverse: “Nukulele” was designed by Jeremy Throop, a.k.a. “Rips” and, as the title claims, it is indeed printable without any support material. This is a good thing because the last thing you want to do is to try to remove support material from the inside of a small instrument’s very small soundhole! Rips, the designer, cleverly designed inner sloping arches to eliminate any need for internal support and the best part is, it can be 3D printed standing up and make full use of the height capabilities of the AXIOM 20!
Rips designed the ukulele to be 3D printed in parts and then assembled to a full-size functional instrument because up until now the public has been limited to the much smaller print envelope of current 3D printers. However, the 20-inch build height of the AXIOM 20 eliminates that need to break it into small parts and allows us to 3D print a full-size soprano ukulele in one swoop. So roll up your sleeves and download the neck and body of Rip’s “Nukele.”
“Nukulele” by Rips: www.thingiverse.com/thing:691993
After you have downloaded the two STLs (neck and body), import them into your CAD software. In this case I will demonstrate with TinkerCAD. Hint: If you would like to skip the design of steps 1 and 2, you can go straight to Step 3 and use the existing aligned TinkerCad model here: Two Color Uke.
Open up TinkerCAD.com in your browser and start a new project. Next, import Rip’s STL’s of the neck and body.
You will notice that the neck and body parts might overlap and sit level on the same plane. Imagine that this is the floor of the 3D printer bed.
Rips has added a nice “joint” to this uke. A “joint” is a simple woodworking term and, in relation to ukuleles, usually refers to where the neck meets the body of the instrument. You will raise and position the neck so that it is situated higher and falls into perfect alignment with the body, using the joint as a guide.
Now that the two parts are positioned in their correct printing locations, you are ready to export as separate STL’s.
Select one at at a time and export for 3D printing. In this example we have selected the neck and downloaded it for 3D printing.
When you download make sure to check the box to only download the selected shape!
When you download the part, the STL will “remember” the exact position of the neck in relation to the body and its location on the printing plane.
Download APEX from Airwolf3D.com and install it on your computer. APEX is a great 3D printer dual extruder software that is capable of generating complex gCode for two print heads. Open up APEX and load the two aligned parts (neck and body) like you would any parts (hint: you can select two or more files to import at once).
After we import both parts, they will rest on the flat 3D printing surface. Don’t worry, they just need a little help remembering their true printing location on the printing plane.
Before doing anything else, make sure that you have selected the correct 3D printer in settings. In this case you will select a dual extruder 3D printer, such as the AXIOM 20 or the AXIOM Dual Direct Drive. One of the many great features of APEX software is that it already comes loaded with simplified dual extruder profiles for various 3D printer models.
It is also important to select the right material. For example, in the filaments menu you will find a dropdown list of materials. As of this date (12/11/16) the drop down list of materials shows 27 materials. Select “ABS Dual Color.”
Next, select the neck part and right click. A menu will appear and you will select “Dual Extrusion Merge.”
The two parts will align and “remember” their location as it relates to each other and on the printing plane.
You are ready to save your gCode and 3D print your first dual extruder part.
As you can see in the following example, we took it a step further and broke up the body and neck STL’s into more colorful components. While in tinkerCAD, we split the neck .STL into two parts to add a little more color and variation to the overall look and feel.
We separate the headstock (top yellow flat piece at the end of the neck that holds the tuning pegs and commonly displays the ukulele brand logo) from the neck. We also separated the orange tie bar bridge from the body of the uke so that it might resemble a traditional wood ukulele. Then in TinkerCad, we selected and grouped the yellow headstock and body as one “part” and exported them as one STL. We did the same single STL export with the orange neck and bridge components. To see this 3D-printed ukulele in action and hear its beautiful sound quality, click here for a video.
You can download the free STL file for this dual color Uke here on watertight.com.
If you want to build this ukulele yourself, you will need only two supplies. The first are machine heads. These are tuning pegs that work using a gearing system to turn the string post. In our orange and yellow uke, we use BQLZR Ukulele 2R2L Chrome Geared Machine Heads with Mounting Screws.” You can find these for about $9.50.
Second, you will need some ukulele strings, such as Aquila Soprano Ukulele Strings Nylgut Regular C Tuning 4U. These come is a set of 4 and offer better sound quality than traditional nylon strings for the low cost of $7.00.
Finally, you will need to tune your ukulele. If you are new to music, don’t worry! You can download many free ukulele tuners and chord chart apps for your smartphone or tablet.
For tuning my uke, I recommend a free app that goes by the name, Simple Ukulele Tuner – Free Chromatic Tuner By Ullrich Vormbrock.
Congratulations, you are now a luthier (the term given to one who makes guitars and ukuleles)!
If you are interested in learning how to play, you can find the chords tab charts for many popular songs on this app Tabs & Chords HD by Ultimate Guitar.
Aloha and mahalo!
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 $39.95.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.]]>