Airwolf 3D Introduces New 3D Printer Line, The AXIOM
The 3D printer reportedly offers customers high-resolution, speed and ease-of-use.
Airwolf 3D (Costa Mesa, Calif.) has launched a new professional-grade 3D printer line-up. The AXIOM, which debuted Tuesday at the Atlantic Design & Manufacturing Show in New York City, features "groundbreaking" technology such as an auto-leveling system, CoreXY drive system, fully enclosed print environment and fast print speeds.
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 aluminum and injection molded polycarbonate components, AXIOM can print pieces as large as 12.5”x8”x10. The fully enclosed printer comes with a standard heated bed that reportedly 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.
One big focus was ease-of-use and Airwolf 3D says this is achieved by the print bed auto-leveling system. Prior to every 3D print, the four-point print bed leveling system automatically calibrates the print bed ensuring the proper initial layer height and orientation, and then actively maintains that leveling throughout the entire print process. When combined with AstroPrint, a cloud-based slicing and printer management system, users can select the AXIOM, the desired print material and the print resolution all in a matter of seconds. Print files can be sent to the AXIOM through wireless, Ethernet, USB or micro SD card.
Airwolf 3D also designed an 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 unique approach allows the product to be serviced quickly minimizing downtime. The ERC also allows end-users to upgrade to the latest technology easily, which protects their initial purchase investment.
“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.”
Airwolf 3D will also introduce a version of 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.
All AXIOM products will be manufactured at the corporate facility in Costa Mesa and come standard with a 12-month warranty. The AXIOM can be purchased or leased directly from Airwolf 3D or through their international network of 3D printer resellers covering more than 20 countries.
Airwolf 3D is currently taking pre-orders for the AXIOM and AXIOMe with anticipated ship dates starting in mid July.
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