We actually found ourselves using this simple and effective software more than the Repetier/Slic3r combo.
The balance between speed and quality is a tricky one, but the Airwolf AW3D HD printer bridges the gap. Both quick on its feet and high-performing, the AW3D HD beats out many other 3D printers for producing the best of both worlds.
-Top Ten Reviews 2014
3D PRINT IN 12 MATERIALS
Print with a variety of materials, including ABS, PLA, Nylon, Wood and Stone.
LARGE BUILD ENVELOPE
3D Print parts as big as 12" x 8" x 12". Build volume of 18,878 cubic centimeters [1,150 cubic inches]
JAM RESISTANT HOT END
Revolutionary hot end design is jam free which means more successful prints!
SUPER FAST 3D PRINTING
AW3D HD is the fastest printer offered by Airwolf 3D to date!
For printing large parts in multiple materials.
60 MICRON LAYER RESOLUTION
Finer layer heights for more precise prints.
Printing your 3D designs on the AW3D HD is extremely fast and efficient. Speeds range from 150-400 mm per second. Not only can you print quickly, you can also print in large scale for such a compact 3D printer. Prints can be as large as 12 x 8 x 12 inches.
3D printing materials for the AW3D printer are universal 3 mm ABS and PLA cartridges, which you can buy from any manufacturer.
Straight out of the box, this printer is fully assembled and ready to print. Made out of acrylic, this solid 3D printer has a LCD screen and a heated platform for when you want to print with ABS.
The software and 3D printer work with both Windows and Mac operating systems, so you don’t have to worry about compatibility. To print 3D models you designed or from files you find online, you can connect the printer to your computer via the USB cable, or save files to the SD card and print without your computer.
The newest of Airwolf's line of 3D printers, the AW3D, has a lead time of four weeks, so be sure to order early to account for a few weeks' worth of shipping time. There is a manual and tutorials for the AW3D on Airwolf's website along with a wiki, blog, 3D printer videos and FAQs page for all your printing questions. If a part breaks during the first six months, the AW3D is under warranty so you don’t have to worry about being stuck with a defective printer. Contacting Airwolf is also pretty easy through email or phone support.
Included with the printer itself are a power cord, USB cable, maintenance tools and a starter filament cartridge. Among the other accessories, a flash drive with 3D printing software comes with the AW3D HD and has enough functions and features to please even expert 3D modelers.
- Model: AW3D HD
- Country: USA Manufacturer
- Assembled: Yes
- Prints with Materials: ABS, PLA, LAYWOO-D3, and more
- Build envelope WxDxH: 12″X 8″X 12″ (300 mm x 200 mm x 300 mm)
- Lead time: 4 Weeks
- Nozzle diameter (mm): .5 + .35
- Min. Layer thickness (mm): .06
- Max Speed (mm/s): Perimeter 150 mm/s, Travel 400 mm/s
- Theoretical positioning precision (mm): .02
- Input format: GCode
- Software: MatterControl (custom configured), Marlin Firmware, compatible with Repetier Host Print Controller, Slic3r GCode generator
- System compatibility: Windows/Mac
- Size: WxDxH: 24″ x 18″ x 18″ (600 mm x 440 mm x 450 mm)
- Build volume: 1,150 cubic inches (18,878 cubic centimeters)
- Power supply: Internal auto-switching 13.5V DC, 320W
- Weight (kg): 18 kg
Does the 3D printer have to be connected to a computer?
No, the AW3D HD does not need to be connected. You can connect the printer to your computer via the USB cable, or save files to the SD card and print without your computer.
How large of an object can I 3D print?
Prints can be as large as 12 x 8 x 12 inches.
What filament diameter can be used on the printer?
ONLY 3mm diameter filament (2.85mm measured) can be used on the printer.
Once I have run out of my first roll of material, where can I buy more?
Congrats! That’s a lot of material! We do NOT sell material. For ABS, our best recommendation is Ultimachine. They make incredible ABS that is tested, roll by roll. MatterHackers is a great source for PLA and specialty filament.
What types of materials can be used with the AW3D HD?
It can print with atleast 12 different materials, including: ABS, PLA and TPE. For a complete list visit this page: http://airwolf3d.com/blog/2013/06/10/many-3d-printer-materials/
Does the AW3D HD come with one extruder or two?
The AW3D HD is a single-head printer, so your models can only print in one color at a time. However, an upgrade kit will be offered to all customers in early 2014 to add a second extruder.
Does it work with Windows and Mac?
The software and 3D printer work with both Windows and Mac operating systems (Linux also), so you don’t have to worry about compatibility.
What is the warranty?
If a part breaks during the first six months, the AW3D is under warranty so you don’t have to worry about being stuck with a defective printer. Contacting Airwolf is also pretty easy through email or phone support.
Can I pick up my printer?
Absolutely! Please call and schedule your visit to our Costa Mesa, CA facility.
Do you offer training?
Yes! For customers who wish to pickup the printer, we will install software on your computer and offer 1 hour of one-on-one training. Please call to schedule your training.
Rods, Pulley Alignment & Belt Tensioning
These should be done periodically to ensure a working printer.
Lubricating Rods- Use Lithium Grease on all the rods in red. This includes the two smooth rods running through the hot end, the two smooth vertical rods, and the threaded Z-rod.
Pulley Alignment- Each pulley has two set screws that use a 2mm allen head screw driver. Loosen both pulleys on the same belt. Move the head back and forth with your hand to align the pulleys.
Belt Tensioning- It’s a good practice to check the tension in your belts from time to time. There are four belts in the XY plane; two in the X-direction, two in the Y-direction.
Be careful not to over tension the belts. The rods could bend or the belts could be over stretched. Flick each belt. You should hear a low, deep, cello-type frequency. If it is loose, here are the steps to tightening the belt. First, loosen one of the pulleys of that belt with a 2mm allen head screw driver. There are two set screws per pulley. Loosen each of them until the pulley can slide axially along the shaft. Next, grab the extruder head with your hand and move the head along the direction of the belt so that your pulleys are now spinning and aligning themselves. Then tighten up the pulley with both set screws. Lastly, there is one “belt-tensioning” screw per belt. In the diagrams, they are the triangles. If you turn the screw clockwise, it tightens the belt. If you turn the screw counter clockwise, it loosens the belt.