I am the proud owner of an Airwolf Axiom dual head direct drive DFM 3D printer, which I have seamlessly installed in a personalized cabinet of my own design. The cabinet offers an upper storage area capable of accommodating up to three printer spools simultaneously, making material swapping a breeze, especially when utilizing a third filament. To ensure safety and minimize fumes, I have integrated a fume evacuation system within the cabinet that channels air externally. Under the printer shelf, there is a convenient pull-out desk, accompanied by a drawer dedicated to housing various printing materials.
One of the most impressive features of this printer is its ability to handle high-temperature materials, allowing me to keep a diverse range of materials in stock. I keep a supply of elastomers, acrylics, polyethylene, PVCs, and a remarkable eco-friendly bridge material which can be easily washed out with water. The printer’s capacity to employ two different materials in a single printed part without stopping the printer to manually change materials enables me to create components with distinct material properties across various layers. The ever-expanding selection of available materials grants limitless design possibilities, bounded solely by one’s imagination.
To streamline my 3D printing workflow, I rely on CAD and CAM systems. I start by creating a 3D model in my preferred CAD software, and then seamlessly transfer it to the CAM system. Within the CAM interface, I’m able to preview the printer’s movements before initiating the actual printing process. It is also in the CAM system where I select the desired material and configure the necessary operational parameters for producing the part. I opted for the professional version of Alibre as my CAD software of choice, but I have other CAD software.
Now, let me delve into the incredible capabilities of this printer by sharing a few examples of how it has revolutionized my practical applications.
On one occasion, I had an integrated amplifier that was running at higher temperatures than desired. Leveraging my computer and CAD software skills, I designed cone-shaped feet to place underneath the amplifier. Furthermore, I incorporated a pocket in the top section of each foot to ensure accurate alignment with the amplifier’s existing feet. Initially, this design aimed to reduce temperatures, but it unexpectedly resulted in a significant overall performance improvement. Intrigued by this outcome, I decided to test the design on other components, such as a preamplifier from a different stereo system. The discernible performance increase led me to believe that this part has even more potential. By integrating elastomers into specific areas, it could evolve into a more sophisticated isolation system.
Another valuable application of my 3D printer is when I engage in shielding projects. Sometimes, it becomes challenging to find the precise material required for a specific project. However, I often manage to procure a suitable material that can be tailored to meet my needs. For instance, I designed a tape splitter, which I printed using PVC. With the addition of bolts, I assembled the various components into a functional tool. This setup incorporates two blades that effectively divide the tape into three equal segments. Additionally, I designed blade holder blocks that divide the tape into two equally-sized pieces.
In conclusion, my Airwolf Axiom dual head direct drive DFM 3D printer, nestled within a custom cabinet and complemented by a range of materials, grants me boundless creative opportunities in design and problem-solving. Whether I am fine-tuning the performance of audio equipment or crafting tailor-made tools, this printer serves as an invaluable asset in my pursuit of engineering innovation.