The countdown to Christmas continues with our 25 Days of Materials, and ALLOY 910 is here.
Tis the season to be jolly, join the Wolfpack in a fun 25 Days of Materials 3D printing countdown to Christmas and learn about 25 different materials and their unique properties! The objects to be 3D printed are part of the Advent Calendar/Christmas Tree designed by pleppik. Everyday we will be unveiling a new part of the Advent Calendar and talking about a different special 3D printing material.
Day 12: AXIOM 3D Printer. 3D Printing with ALLOY 910
Following the Wolfpack’s 25 Days of Materials 3D printing countdown is a mini Airwolf AXIOM 3D printed with ALLOY 910. Airwolf 3D develops machines that are capable of printing high temp materials, including Polycarbonate and Nylon. As 3D printing professionals and enthusiasts, we are always searching for stronger, better performing materials to use in our machines. Most Nylons print in the 270 °C to 290 °C range, and require precision to print correctly. Nylon may also warp and shrink more than other materials.
New in the Airwolf 3D line of Nylon 3D printing filaments is ALLOY 910 from Taulman. Featuring low shrinkage, great print quality, and easy to remove support material, ALLOY 910 is the perfect choice for engineers who need a great printing Nylon with detailed parts which require removal of support structures.
Airwolf 3D set out to test the new ALLOY 910 and needed to print something that truly pushes the boundaries of Nylon filament. Using a large corner bracket piece as a test, the engineers at Airwolf 3D created trade show furniture with aluminium extrusions and acrylic panels. The corner bracket pieces connect the extrusions and acrylic panels. These corner bracket pieces need to be large, strong, nice quality, and have to remain flat and not shrink while printing. This was the perfect opportunity to create a large part with ALLOY 910.
ALLOY 910 prints well at a temperature of 245 °C on the hot end, and 80 °C on the bed with PVA gluestick on glass. The first hour was monitored closely, as most Nylon allows will start to shrink up and curl off of the build plate. This proved to be untrue of ALLOY 910. After 8 hours of printing, the part was finished, and was very large for something capable of being printed in Nylon. To our surprise, there was no warping, and the finish and detail was as great, if not better than ABS.
Finding the correct material for the job can sometimes be difficult, but ALLOY 910 fills the void. It takes the pain out of printing with Nylon filament, and proves to be an excellent alternative to ABS and other Nylons on the market. At Airwolf 3D we test several filaments on a weekly basis, and ALLOY 910 has proven to be a winner. Not a novelty or experimental filament, like many new materials, ALLOY 910 is here to stay and will be a staple in the Airwolf 3D lineup. You can order your own roll of ALLOY 910 at https://airwolf3d.com/shop/alloy910.
MORE MATERIALS TO FOLLOW!
Below is a chart listing the 3D printing filaments we will be discussing over the next 25 Days of Materials.
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