Southern California's Airwolf 3D has released the third model in its line of 3D printers, the AW3D HD. With a 12" x 8" x 12" (300 x 200 x 300 mm) build envelope, it is larger than both the V.5.5 and XL, but maintains the 150 mm/sec print speed for which Airwolf is known.
"With this printer it is now possible to repeatedly print very large objects quickly and precisely in a number of different materials," said Airwolf 3D President Erick Wolf.
The HD comes fully assembled. Airwolf's Viki LCD controller is built into its frame, so it can run independently without being connected to a computer. It is capable of using ABS, PLA and the more exotic filaments requiring various extruder temperatures, such as those by Taulman, Parthy and Fenner. Settings for many of the materials are conveniently available on Airwolf's site. The printer's extruder incorporates Airwolf's new jam-resistant hot end and it can print layers onto its temperature-controlled borosilicate glass bed as fine as 50 microns.
"We applied what we learned from the V.5.5 and XL and customer feedback to design an incredibly reliable 3D printer incorporating oversized motors, precision motion belts, and bullet-proof electronics," explained Wolf. However, it's clear the HD was also imagined with aesthetics in mind, boasting an LED-lit acrylic semi-enclosure styled with curves and an etched logo.
Airwolf printers come with MatterControl Pro, pre-configured specifically for the device. "It's the perfect balance of ease-of-use and advanced control. It's plug and play without giving up the option to tweak," said Wolf.
The AW3D HD is priced at $2,995. All assembled Airwolf 3D printers come with a six month warranty.
Airwolf 3D will be exhibiting at 3D Printer World Expo in Burbank, Calif., Jan. 31-Feb. 1.