Aug 11, 2016 | By Tess

Southern California-based 3D printer manufacturer Airwolf 3D has announced the launch of its new 3D printing software, APEX, through an open beta version. The new slicing software marks another step forwards for Airwolf 3D’s growing ecosystem of integrated additive manufacturing products, which already include a range of desktop 3D printers, printing adhesives, filaments, and more.

The new 3D printing software program was designed specifically for Airwolf 3D printing systems, which include the well regarded and reliable Airwolf 3D AXIOM desktop 3D printer. APEX was also created to make 3D printing more user-friendly and overall simpler through its preloaded and integrated slicing configurations. This means that you’ll no longer have to manually import print profiles for various materials, as they’ll already be loaded up into the software platform. The integrated material profiles include optimal print settings for ABS, PLA, TPE, TPU, polycarbonate, and more.

Erick Wolf, Airwolf 3D Co-founder and lead designer, said of the software launch: “Having optimized nearly all aspects of the hardware and our technical support, software is the next frontier. Customers need an intuitive and seamless 3D printing experience right out of the box and APEX fills this need for a straightforward 3D printing solution.”

The slicing software itself, which was built on Cura’s open source engine, was also developed to work optimally with all of Airwolf 3D’s additive manufacturing systems. Currently, as over 90% of Airwolf 3D users operate on Windows systems, Airwolf is working on finalizing its Windows version of the software but will begin work on a Mac OS X version of APEX once that is done. So, if you happen to be one of the 10% of Mac Airwolf users, you’ll have to sit tight.

As mentioned, the APEX software program is currently in its Beta version, so AIrwolf 3D is inviting its users to participate in the testing program. Aside from the perk of testing out and giving feedback on a brand new slicing software, Airwolf is also offering its customers a free full-size bottle of Wolfbite Bed Adhesion Solution and a spool of ABS filament for their time and help. You can find the feedback form here.

Taking the feedback and other testing in account, the APEX software will continually be updated and improved upon to provide the best user experience and printing results. As Erick Wolf explains, “Just like our machines, this software will be upgraded continuously as we strive to provide the smoothest, most intuitive 3D printing process available for Airwolf 3D customers. APEX is the missing link that our customers needed to take 3D printing to a whole new level.”

 

 

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