Mar. 11, 2015
Costa Mesa, Calif. based 3D printer manufacturer Airwolf 3D today announced Wolfbite Nano, a new solution specifically engineered to bond polylactic acid (PLA) plastic parts to a glass 3D printer build plate without lifting (warpage) and to enable smooth release of objects after printing. This solution works well with heated and non-heated beds on all types and brands of the 3D printers utilizing glass printing surfaces.
"We've developed an industry-changing solution that is easy to apply, low odor and compatible with most desktop 3D printers," said Erick Wolf, co-founder, Airwolf 3D. "Users will see a notable difference in the output of their 3D printed projects when using Wolfbite Nano."
PLA is the most preferred material for 3D printing because of its low heat shrinkage, biodegradability and widespread availability. However, PLA must be printed on a prepared surface for correct adhesion. A common surface treatment includes applying blue or red "painter's" tape to a glass plate. After use, the paper tape may become damaged or require replacement. Other issues associated with printing on painter's tape is difficulty in removing parts after prints and warpage from insufficient adhesion. Airwolf's new solution addresses all these issues.
WolfBite Nano is applied with an applicator brush straight onto glass, eliminating the need for tape. After applying Wolfbite Nano directly on glass, printing can commence immediately, either with a heated or room-temperature bed. Parts may be removed post print by immersing the glass plate in water for a short period of time, if necessary.
Wolfbite Nano was developed at Airwolf 3D through collaboration with Professor Miodrag "Mickey" Micic, Ph.D., who is a department chairman at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif., and a well known polymer chemist.
"This is a new, environmentally friendly solution for resolving the acute problem of PLA- based 3D printing, part adhesion and warpage. The solution is based on a combination of green chemistry and nanotechnology to create the best possible adhesion using compounds which are generally regarded as safe," said Micic.
Wolfbite Nano is packaged in a two fluid ounce container and comes with a foam brush applicator. It is currently available for presale on the Airwolf website at an introductory price of $19.99. Airwolf 3D will be demonstrating Wolfbite Nano in booth #461 at the Annual CUE Conference 2015 at the Palm Springs Convention Center in California from March 19th through March 21st.
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Prinerzzzz wrote at 3/17/2015 12:42:58 AM:
PLA glue dissolved in hair spray works even better...
leo wrote at 3/14/2015 12:58:53 PM:
Ridiculous product. With a simple blend of simple industrial polymers commonly known as hairspray you can have a better result without the hassle of painting with evenly strokes on a glass plate for just $2 for a mega spraycan.
dbclunie wrote at 3/11/2015 7:59:05 PM:
19.99 introductory price? I hope you have some stats to back up why this is better than using purple elmers glue stick you can get 30 sticks for 10.88. Plus the stick works with both PLA and ABS and which also dissolves in water if you have a stubborn stuck print. (heck you can just use waterdown elmera PVA glue for even cheaper!) Also using painters tape is widely used, especially on glass to prevent diviots or the glass (even boro glass) from cracking in half because of the stresses some prints put on glass over its lifespan. I don't see that your product would help in this matter. just my two cents...
xack wrote at 3/11/2015 2:16:20 PM:
... or get some simple PVA-based wood glue for $2 at your local hardware store ... or a glue stick ... 2:14 "It may be necessary to soak glass build plate in water for part to release" .... an then? reaply that expansive stuff? I use wood glue mixed with water (1:2) and a heat of 50°C. If the bed cools down it pops right off after print.