Airwolf 3D introduces a new professional-grade 3D printer line-up, the AXIOM line, to its existing range of products. AXIOM is a clean-sheet design using a single, high temperature, proprietary hot end to print high-resolution prototypes, moulds and products in over thirty different thermoplastic materials.
“We took a clean sheet of paper and set out to solve the issues that users have in operating desktop 3D printers,” said Erick Wolf, founder and chairman of Airwolf 3D. “The conceptualization, design and testing took us almost two years to get perfect and we could not be more pleased with the results.”
AXIOM uses a CoreXY motion control system for high-speed movement and precise control of the print head. Utilizing a fully enclosed housing made of extruded aluminium and injection moulded polycarbonate components, AXIOM can print pieces as large as 12.5”x8”x10”. The fully enclosed printer comes with a standard heated bed that creates a consistent heat environment for printing large, high-resolution parts at layer heights as low as 40 microns. The printer supports a wide range of thermoplastics – from low-temperature materials like TPU and PLA, to high temperature materials like nylon and polycarbonate.
Ease-of-use has been paramount in the design with the integration of a print bed auto-levelling system. Prior to every 3D print, the four-point print bed levelling system automatically calibrates the print bed ensuring the proper initial layer height and orientation, and then actively maintains that levelling throughout the entire print process. When combined with AstroPrint – a cloud-based slicing and printer management system – users can simply select the AXIOM, the desired print material and the print resolution. Print files can be sent to the AXIOM through one of the four standard connections – wireless, Ethernet, USB, or micro SD card.
For serviceability and upgradability, Airwolf 3D has designed an innovative End-User Replaceable Cassette (ERC). The extruder and CoreXY assembly has been integrated into a single ‘cassette’ that is field replaceable by the end-user. This approach allows the product to be serviced quickly, minimizing downtime.
Airwolf 3D will also be introducing a version of the AXIOM specifically targeted at educational systems called the AXIOMe. This PLA version of the AXIOM product offers all the benefits of the rugged construction, auto leveling, and full enclosure at a reduced price point from the flagship model.