Want a chance to be featured? Post your pic on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Don’t forget to mention the model of Airwolf 3D printer you used and include the hashtag #Airwolf3D!
Our friends uno100 created this amazing vein-finder device to help nurses, doctors and paramedics find a vein more easily. The device is rigged with its own LED lights and shielding system that make veins more visible.
#uno100SA designed and #3DPrinted a #vein #finder. #LED lights help locate veins easily for hospital staff. #3DPrint pic.twitter.com/BGRk5evnRm
— Airwolf 3D (@airwolf3d) August 24, 2016
We absolutely love 3D-printed drones around here. This little tricopter looks like it would be fun to take for a spin!
@Filicia22x #3DPrinted this #MiniTricopter, a makeover remix of the #Switchblade and the #Trident on an #AW3D #XL. pic.twitter.com/NJr9u2uYse
— Airwolf 3D (@airwolf3d) August 18, 2016
Last week, we featured a big 3D-printed Charmander created by Dustin (aka @THEJATMN). Looks like Dustin had a busy week — his Pokemon collection is growing!
Dustin, @THEJATMN, is starting a new little family. All #3DPrinted on the #Airwolf3D #AXIOM using #ABS. pic.twitter.com/vOzWlqwnt4
— Airwolf 3D (@airwolf3d) August 22, 2016
Keep your flashlight easily accessible with this super-handy wall-mounted flashlight holder. Low-profile and secure, you won’t have to worry about getting caught in the dark! Created by Occasionally_Inspired on Thingiverse.
Shout-out to Ken for making this #Flashlight #WallMount #Bracket and #3DPrinting it on an #Airwolf3D #HD2x! pic.twitter.com/SVuYTPpRwe
— Airwolf 3D (@airwolf3d) August 19, 2016
There are a number of RC car enthusiasts here at Airwolf 3D, so we couldn’t resist including Greg Sheka’s 3D print in our pics of the week. It’s an adjustable 1/10 scale jack stand for RC cars and trucks.
Greg #3DPrinted an adjustable 1/10 scale #JackStand for #RCCar's and #Trucks on his #Airwolf3D printer. #SCX10 #3DP pic.twitter.com/NxiW97WVQk
— Airwolf 3D (@airwolf3d) August 19, 2016
Frustrated because your phone won’t fit in a phone stand? Just 3D-print your own! Kyle Clifford customized this iPhone 6 Plus stand to accommodate his phone…AND its case.
Kyle #3DPrinted an #iPhone6Plus #stand that is sized a bit bigger for a phone with a case on his #AW3D #HD. pic.twitter.com/D1H4Q3P2cc
— Airwolf 3D (@airwolf3d) August 22, 2016
The purpose of APEX is to make 3D printing an easier, more intuitive, process. Our ultimate goal is to achieve what no other desktop 3D printer has yet achieved: A true plug-and-play machine that works seamlessly right out of the box and delivers beautiful, high-quality prints in a wide range of materials — even for 3D printing novices.
Along with our new Direct Drive option, APEX is a big step closer to that goal. With APEX, we’ve eliminated the need to locate, import, and load material profiles. You no longer have to fiddle with settings to find the ideal configuration for your Airwolf 3D printer. Just select your machine and material and start printing!
As usual, our customers do NOT disappoint. Many of you have given us detailed, constructive feedback. And we take what you tell us to heart. From our graphic designers and software developers to our company co-founders Erick and Eva Wolf themselves, we hear you! And we’re working hard to bring APEX — and your 3D-printing experience — to the next level.
If you haven’t already, we invite you to share your opinion on our new software by filling out the APEX Open Beta Feedback Form. As a token of our appreciation, we will send you a free bottle of Wolfbite in the solution of your choice and a spool of ABS filament (colors vary)!
If you have already submitted your feedback, a big thank you from the Wolfpack! We welcome any additional feedback or bug reports you may have. Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.]]>
If you ever visit us in Costa Mesa, CA (and we hope you do!), you’ll enter our clean, bright showroom filled with elaborate 3D-printed sample parts and a large installation display of our filaments in a rainbow of vibrant colors.
Though very few non-Airwolf 3D employees get access, if you make your way to the back of the house, you’ll witness the flurry of activity that powers Airwolf 3D: dedicated Wolfpack members building, testing and shipping 3D printers; designers and service techs adjusting lighting equipment and shooting videos; even our company co-founder Erick Wolf is often spotted on the production floor, wearing his usual black Airwolf 3D polo shirt and intently fine-tuning machines.
Inevitably, you also will find a group of Wolfpack team members gathered around a laptop oooh-ing and ahhh-ing over the amazing things our customers create with our printers. We love seeing your 3D prints and it’s high time we show off your work.
Every week we will feature some of our favorite pics of 3D prints created by our customers. Here are our favorite 3D Print Pics this week:
Everyone here at Airwolf 3D is a huge fan of Faith Lennox. We helped create a 3D-printed prosthetic hand for her last year and we recently heard that she’s been so busy surfing and biking that some of the fingers on her hand were showing some wear and tear. We printed up some new ones for her pronto! Have fun on your adventures, Faith!
Faith Lennox was super stoked to get some new fingers for her #3DPrinted #Prosthetic in the mail! #3DPrintedHand pic.twitter.com/cUQCyyhTh3
— Airwolf 3D (@airwolf3d) August 17, 2016
If you ever need proof that our printers — even the older ones, like the Airwolf 3D HDX — can run for days and still produce great quality prints, just head over to ChicagolandGeeks’ YouTube Channel. They’ve been live streaming their 3D-printed Pokemon project for weeks! Fun bonus: Join the live chat and geek out over 3D printing. You might even run into us there. We check the stream regularly.
Speaking of Pokemon, 3D-printing evangelist Dustin is rocking the 3D prints as usual — this time with an oversized Pokemon.We’re all loving the jumbo Charmander he recently printed on his AXIOM.
Orange #Squirtle #3DPrinted by @THEJATMN using #ABS filament on the #AXIOM. Thanks for sharing this #print! #Pokemon pic.twitter.com/oYnipCPvAs
— Airwolf 3D (@airwolf3d) August 18, 2016
Last year at CES, we upped our selfie game and 3D-printed a team member with some help from Artec’s Shapify Booth body scanner. This week we printed an even larger version with our new direct drive upgrade.
#Throwback to @CES where we couldn’t resist to stop by the #ShapifyBooth for a #3DScan and printed our team member. pic.twitter.com/OIFpIX5tCe
— Airwolf 3D (@airwolf3d) August 15, 2016
Big ups to Order 3D on the chic 3D-printed bracelets! Several Wolfpack members have already added it to their wishlists!
#Order3D #3DPrinted a black #bracelet to later on do a metallic finish on it using #resin and #aluminium powder. #3D pic.twitter.com/xRgaTC6dAt
— Airwolf 3D (@airwolf3d) August 18, 2016
Post your pic on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook (please make sure the post is set to “public”). Don’t forget to mention the model of Airwolf 3D printer you used and include the hashtag #Airwolf3D.
If you prefer, you also can email your information to email@example.com.
Keep up the 3D-printing and be sure to share it. We just might pick YOUR pic!
– The Wolfpack]]>
Day after day, support ticket after support ticket, our tech team is in the digital trenches tackling just about any 3D-printing problem you can throw at them. These guys really know their stuff and have accumulated a treasure trove of tribal knowledge that we’re ready to share.
This week, tech support technicians Daniel Vertuno and Blake Goss share their Top 10 3D-Printing Tips:
1. Use Wolfbite. Avoid chipping glass by allowing the plate to cool down to room temperature before removing the part.
2. Always remove your build plate from the printer before taking the part off. Removing the part while the build plate is still attached stresses the bed and can damage your printer.
3. Always print from an SD card. Printing with your computer over USB leaves your print vulnerable to failure if your computer goes to sleep, restarts, or becomes unplugged from the printer.
4. Don’t run out of filament! If you’re concerned that you might not have enough filament on the roll for the job, look at the total weight of filament used in the top left side of APEX. Zero your scale to an empty roll and then weigh your filament roll to make sure there’s enough filament remaining on the roll.
5. Don’t give up too soon. If the first layer of your print doesn’t look so good, let the print go another two or three layers before aborting the print. You may find that the blemishes get covered up and the print will turn out great.
6. See if you can print more parts more quickly by testing the resolution. Don’t aim for too fine of a resolution right away. Print your part with a layer height of .24mm and then print it at .12mm. If you cannot tell the difference between the parts, opt for the .24mm layer height. The taller height will speed up your print time, so you can get more prints finished faster.
7. Have a decent digital caliper handy. It’s great for checking the diameter of your filament and getting detailed measurements of your finished part.
8. Get a good set of tweezers. They’re useful for grabbing tails of filament off the bed or for pulling out small fuses when changing them.
9. Get a good set of X-Acto knives for post-processing your prints.
10. Have sandpaper in varying grits to also help in the post processing of finished prints.
That’s all for now! Stay tuned for more of our 3D printing tips and tricks!
– The Wolfpack
Want free filament and Wolfbite?
Test out our new (free!) APEX 3D-Printing Software, share your opinion via the APEX Open Beta Feedback Form, and we’ll send you a free spool of ABS filament and a bottle of Wolfbite Bed Adhesion Solution in the formula of your choice.
Offer only available for customers using APEX with an Airwolf 3D printer. Please limit one per customer.
PRECONFIGURED SLICING SOFTWARE TAKES 3D-PRINTING TO A NEW LEVEL
Costa Mesa, CA, August 11, 2016. Hot on the heels of the release of AXIOM Direct Drive, Airwolf 3D announces the open beta version of APEX, state-of-the-art 3D-printing software. Developed specifically for Airwolf 3D printers, the new slicing software represents yet another step forward as the Southern California company continues its push for a fully integrated ecosystem of products that work together to provide a seamless 3D-printing experience.
Over the past four years, Airwolf 3D has worked diligently to provide customers with premium desktop 3D printers and unrivaled customer support. The company succeeded by selling thousands of 3D printers to all types of customers ranging from individual hobbyists to the largest companies in the world. Along the way, the Airwolf 3D AXIOM emerged as the preeminent desktop 3D printer, backed by an exceptional customer experience.
“Having optimized nearly all aspects of the hardware and our technical support, software is the next frontier,” explained Erick Wolf, Airwolf 3D Co-Founder and Lead Designer. “Customers need an intuitive and seamless 3D printing experience right out of the box and APEX fills this need for a straightforward 3D-printing solution.”
Built on top of Cura’s open source engine, APEX is completely customized and fully optimized for use with Airwolf 3D printers. With their ability to print in over 40 different kinds of materials, including industrial-grade polycarbonate and nylon, Airwolf 3D printers can present a learning curve for 3D printing novices. APEX is helping change that.
In the past, if users did not wish to manually adjust their printer settings, they needed to import and load print profiles configured for their specific printer, material, and desired print quality. APEX simplifies this process by eliminating the need to find, download, and import slicing configurations. All of the settings come pre-loaded and ready to use. APEX includes preconfigured settings for a myriad of 3D printing materials, including ABS, PLA, TPE, TPU, and polycarbonate. Furthermore, the material profiles are fully optimized for all models of Airwolf 3D machines.
And this is only the beginning. As Wolf explained, “Just like our machines, this software will be upgraded continuously as we strive to provide the smoothest, most intuitive 3D-printing process available for Airwolf 3D customers. APEX is the missing link that our customers needed to take 3D-printing to a whole new level.”
With over 90% of Airwolf 3D users currently running their 3D printers using Windows-based machines, the desktop 3D printer manufacturer is focusing on perfecting the software for the Windows platform, but has plans to release a version for Mac OS X in the future.
Airwolf 3D invites all of its customers to participate in the APEX Beta Testing Program. All customers who provide feedback via the APEX Beta Testing Feedback Form will receive a complimentary full-size bottle of Wolfbite Bed Adhesion Solution in the formula of their choice and a spool of ABS filament.
About Airwolf 3D
Airwolf 3D is committed to designing, manufacturing and selling 3D printers 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, please visit http://airwolf3d.com/shop/. 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.
If you already use Cura, APEX will feel familiar to you. Built atop Cura’s open source slicing engine, APEX is custom-tailored to Airwolf 3D AXIOM, HD, XL, and 5.5 printers. Gone are the days of importing print profiles in order to load the proper slicing configurations onto your machine. APEX does all the work for you.
In the past, if users did not wish to manually adjust their printer settings, they needed to import and load print profiles configured for their specific printer, material, and desired print quality. APEX simplifies this process and eliminates the need to find, download, and import slicing configurations. Pre-loaded with print profiles for major materials, such as ABS, PLA, TPE, TPU, and polycarbonate, APEX is designed to make 3D printing as simple as possible.
If you’ve never used 3D printing software before, no problem! Our goal is to get you using your Airwolf 3D machine right out of the box and APEX helps you do that.
1. Open APEX and select your Airwolf 3D printer.
2. Load your model file.
3. Choose your four simple Quickprint settings (Filament, Print Quality, Print Support, and Platform Adhesion)
4. Save your GCode and you’re ready to print!
For advanced users and curious tinkerers, APEX comes fully outfitted with a Full Settings mode and Expert Configuration panel for manually adjusting settings, running plugins, and viewing GCode.
Ready to try APEX 3D-Printing Software? Simply head over and download APEX here.
We designed APEX exclusively for you, our valued customer. That’s why it is extremely important to us to receive your feedback and use it to further develop and improve the software. After testing APEX for yourself, we’d love to hear what you think. Simply fill out the APEX Open Beta Feedback Form and we’ll send you a full-sized bottle of Wolfbite in the solution of your choice and a spool of ABS filament! (Limit one per customer. ABS colors may vary).
For additional issues, questions, or bug reports, please contact email@example.com.
AXIOM Direct Drive is an extrusion system option that is now available for Airwolf 3D AXIOM and AXIOMe machines. Up until now, all Airwolf 3D AXIOM printers featured an elegantly low-profile, highly compact Bowden drive system. The new AXIOM Direct Drive, however, features a direct drive extruder assembly that makes it easier for users to create complex objects out of traditionally difficult-to-use materials.
You can now purchase the AXIOM Direct Drive 3D printer and the AXIOMe Direct Drive 3D printer. If you currently own an AXIOM or AXIOMe, you can also purchase the standalone AXIOM Direct Drive Upgrade and get the best of both worlds — the classic Bowden-style system and the new direct drive system.
While the original AXIOM adeptly handles just about any desktop 3D printing challenge you throw at it, the AXIOM Direct Drive is for those who are ready to step up their 3D-printing game. Just ask our friends at Feetz, the world’s first shoe brand to create 3D-printed footwear that is sustainable, comes in custom-fitted sizes, and is available in a myriad of style configurations.
Finding the right 3D printer for making stylish, high-quality shoes was no small feat. When first starting out, Feetz struggled to find a 3D printer that was not only cost-effective, but also could print with highly flexible filament and create intricate, woven-style uppers and durable soles for their customizable shoes.
3D printing flexible filaments is widely regarded as a challenge because the pliable material can be difficult to feed through an extruder or can flex or buckle, causing jams. Furthermore, excessive pressure in the extruder can lead to stringy, messy prints.
Because the Airwolf 3D AXIOM is already capable of printing in flexible materials, our design team knew that our 3D printers could deliver the high level of performance required by Feetz. The machines just needed some modifications.
After working closely with Feetz and incorporating their feedback, we came up with a solution. When combined with AXIOM’s proprietary jam-resistant hot end and high-performance CoreXY motion control system, a new direct drive extruder allowed the machine to print Feetz’ required shoe materials beautifully. AXIOM Direct Drive was born…and Feetz was able to surge ahead in the business of 3D printing shoes.
After custom building direct drive 3D printers for Feetz and receiving incredibly positive reviews from their R&D team, we began using the new direct drive system extensively in-house and developed a version to release as a standalone upgrade for existing AXIOM printers. For anyone who wishes to purchase a new 3D printer that comes with Direct Drive already installed, the AXIOM Direct Drive and AXIOMe Direct Drive are now also available.
With Direct Drive, it is easy to make anything — even out of hard-to-use materials. From flexible materials like TPE and TPU to strong, hard materials like polycarbonate and polypropylene, AXIOM Direct Drive delivers clean, beautiful prints. This is largely because the direct drive system provides more room for error. Even if your settings aren’t perfect, it is very difficult to mess up a print.
In the past, high-quality 3D prints in difficult materials were the provenance of engineering professionals and other expert users. With AXIOM Direct Drive, we now have made this technology accessible to less experienced users and available for more mainstream applications.
Upgrading to AXIOM Direct Drive on an existing AXIOM or AXIOMe machine is a simple process. Just replace the End-User Replaceable Cassette, or ERC, with the new AXIOM Direct Drive ERC and update the firmware on your AXIOM or AXIOMe printer. It’s a very easy process; we promise. And if you have any trouble, our expert service technicians are available to walk you through it.
Ready? Go direct with AXIOM Direct Drive.
The last days of summer are here and the Wolfpack at Airwolf 3D is busy making machines! As part of our summer 3D printer sale, we are offering an additional 6-pack of goodies to go with your new AXIOM printer. This is a $200+ value!
Buy an AXIOM, AXIOMe, or AXIOM DUAL 3D printer and enter promo code “6PACK” at checkout. You automatically will receive the following:
Promotion only applies to the sale of a new AXIOM, AXIOMe, or AXIOM DUAL 3D printer. Promotion ends August 15, 2016. To take advantage of this offer, please visit the Airwolf 3D store.]]>
An eigth-grader at Gaspar De Portola Middle School in Tarzana, CA, Logan took home first place at the 2016 Los Angeles Science and Engineering Fair and second place at the 2016 California State Science Fair for his original invention, the “EZ Tie Emergency Temporary Vascular Shunt,” which features a shunt clip printed on an Airwolf 3D HDL printer.
Prior to the early Twentieth Century, there was a much higher rate of amputation due to traumatic limb injury. Starting in 1919, military surgeons started using the temporary vascular shunt, which is basically a tube inserted into a damaged artery. Traditionally, silk ties are used to hold the tube in place. The shunt then works to aid circulation and slow blood loss, increasing the amount of time a person has to get medical help before they risk complete limb loss or even loss of life.
Logan’s EZ Tie Vascular Shunt is intended to make the process even more effective. Designed for use by lay people and intended to be included in First Aid medical kits that contain tourniquets, Logan’s 3D-printed vascular shunt utilizes a shunt clip created with an Airwolf 3D printer and eschews silk ties in favor of micro zip ties. The result is a shunt that is easier and more effective to use.
From Logan’s project summary of “Design and Evaluation of an EZ Tie Emergency Temporary Vascular Shunt”:
Generated on a 3D printer, the shunt clip incorporates the use of micro zip ties and catheter tubing. The brachial artery and vein were modeled with a loop of surgical tubing embedded in a silicon arm. A pump and reservoir circulated green water through the severed brachial artery analog. A tourniquet was employed and repairs with both devices were made by a group of 20 participants representing the general population. The tourniquet was released to test the repairs. The ease of use of each device was measured by timed trials for comparison. Heart rates of each participant were recorded before and after each trial to monitor stress. There were 40 trials for each device (2 for each participant) for 80 total trials.
The EZ TIE was an average of 36.92 seconds faster than the control. The control device, Improvised Vascular Shunt with Silk Ties increased heart rates an average of 2.65 beats per minute more per trial than the test device. No failures were observed when the tourniquets were released.
The result of Logan’s experiments with the emergency 3D-printed vascular shunt were successful: The EZ Tie Emergency Vascular Shunt with Micro Zip Ties was quicker to employ than a traditional improvised vascular shunt with silk ties.
Here at Airwolf 3D, we really love seeing all the wonderful things that people create using our 3D printers. It’s particularly amazing to see inventions such as the EZ Tie Emergency Vascular Shunt, which truly has the potential to save lives and greatly improve human quality of life. Congratulations, Logan. We can’t wait to see what you come up with next!
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation.