Nov 1, 2016 | By Tess

Costa Mesa, CA based 3D printer manufacturer Airwolf 3D has just released its newest product, the AXIOM 20 industrial desktop 3D printer. Described by the company as “ultra-tall” and “rugged”, the new additive manufacturing system is the latest, and potentially the most state-of-the-art member of Airwolf 3D’s AXIOM 3D printer line.

Released today, the AXIOM 20 industrial 3D printer is perhaps most notable for its increased build chamber size. With a build volume of12.5” x 12.5” x 20”, the AXIOM 20’s Z-axis is practically double the height of Airwolf 3D’s other 3D printer offerings.

In addition to the increased build height, the AXIOM 20 3D printer features a special ball screw construction capable of translating rotational motion into linear motion with ease, resulting in smooth and accurate prints. As Erick Wolf, Co-Founder and lead designer at Airwolf 3D, explains, this was especially challenging to accomplish due to the printer’s increased build height, though the ball screw mechanism and new aluminum structure allowed them to overcome the challenge.

He says, “One of the biggest challenges with designing a high-performance 3D printer of this size was getting the Z-axis to work correctly over 20 inches of travel with 20-30 lb. sitting on it. We redesigned the bed bracket system and switched from plastic and polycarbonate parts to all aluminum and steel components. Plus, the Z-axis now has a precision ball screw to provide high repeatability, zero backlash, and extreme precision."

In addition to the new 3D printer’s tall build chamber and ball screw construction, the AXIOM 20 also possesses all of Airwolf 3D’s previous printer features, which include a fully enclosed build chamber, auto-leveling, direct drive dual extrusion, and independently controlled hot ends. Airwolf 3D’s additive manufacturing systems have also been notable for their compatibility with a wide range of materials (over 40 in total), such as high-temperature, industrial-grade polycarbonate and polypropylene, flexible nylons, and rubbery materials like TPE and TPU.

With a taller build chamber, the AXIOM 20 has also been adapted to print for longer, and can reportedly function for 30 to 40 hours at a time. All in all, the printer’s many new features and durability make it a prime 3D printing candidate for the automotive, and other manufacturing industries.

While the AXIOM 20 3D printer is not cheap in terms of the desktop range, retailing for $9,995, it is an affordable option for an industrial grade desktop 3D printer, especially as it offers a significant size increase.

 

 

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mick wrote at 11/1/2016 4:16:55 PM:

how dose doubling the size quadruple the price. This maybe a nice printer but 10K, no thanks



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