Additive Manufacturing News
Additive Manufacturing Resources
June 24, 2014
Airwolf3D, a distributor of high-performance 3D printers, has created the AW3D HD2x dual hot end 3D printer. Powered by its own stepper motor, the HD2x was created to address occurring issues such as clogging, dripping and misshapen prints in current desktop dual-head 3D printers.
In order to create this technology, the hot ends are manufactured as one piece, eliminating x and y axis alignment problems. The head spacial calibration is also fixed in the firmware as opposed to the user interface. The printer uses nylon gears for longer life, a finer pitch lead screw and increased z axis positioning.
The HD2x’s hot end can operate at 599 °F and print engineering-grade materials such as polycarbonate and multiple forms of nylon. It can also print two compatible materials and colors simultaneously, the company states.
With the AW3D HD2x, users have a build envelope of 11 x 8 x 12 inches, printing resolution as fine as 0.06mm and a maximum print speed of 150mm/s. No computer connection is require, the device is fully autonomous.
“Our new dual hot end AW3D HD2x is the latest example of our commitment and our most significant product ever,” said Erick Wolf, chairman and co-founder of Airwolf3D. “We’ve engineered it to be a simple-to-use, hassle-free 3D printer that combines the versatility of two hot ends with the desirability of printing over 20 different materials including polycarbonate and nylon. Basically, we’ve built a $10,000 desktop printer for a fraction of the cost.”
The starting prince for the AW3D HD2x is $3,995.
For more information, visit Airwolf 3D.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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