Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Airwolf 3D has announced a new FFF 3D printer model called the AW3D HDx. An upgrade of the popular HD, the HDx is specifically designed to take advantage of engineering-grade materials with high temperature requirements, such as nylon and polycarbonate.
The new printer comes standard with Airwolf's proprietary JRx hot end, which is also available as a separate upgrade for other Airwolf models. The JRx can sustain temperatures of 315 C°, but the hot end isn't the only difference for the HDx. It also comes with nylon extruder gears, a finer pitch lead screw for increased Z position accuracy and enhanced movement control speeds.
"Imagine a 3D printer that can print engineering-grade materials placed on every desktop," said Erick Wolf, founder and CEO of Airwolf 3D. "Imagine the creativity it could unleash as engineers and artists experiment and create objects that until now were virtually impossible to affordably print. That's our vision: to bring imagination to the desktop."
The HDx has a whopping 12" x 8" x 12" build envelope and can print 60 micron layers at 150 mm/second with a positioning accuracy of 20 microns. For materials, it can use polycarbonate, ABS, PLA, PVA, PLA 4043D, Soft PLA, plus all of Taulman's and all of Kai Parthy's filaments.
HDx kits are not available – each unit comes from the factory fully assembled and calibrated. They have USB connectivity but can operate independently via LCD controller. Pricing is set at $3,495 with a four to five week lead time.