A company with a deep history of developing disruptive 3D printing technology, California-based Airwolf 3D has announced EVO, the most innovative new machine in the desktop additive manufacturing industry. The EVO marks Airwolf 3D's fifth generation machine and its technology, design, and construction are so far beyond the functionality of today's desktop 3D printers that Airwolf 3D describes the EVO as not merely an industrial 3D printer, but a full-fledged Additive Manufacturing Center, or "AMC," as the company refers to it.
"The EVO far surpasses the capabilities of a traditional desktop 3D printer. It's a true desktop Additive Manufacturing Center."
"The EVO is completely new and it's unlike anything out there," explained Airwolf 3D Co-Founder and CEO Erick Wolf. "We took the technology that we perfected with our prosumer line of 3D printers and leveraged it to develop a machine that's light years beyond anything else on the market. The EVO is faster, stronger, and more accurate than any desktop 3D printer — it delivers a premium 3D manufacturing experience at less than half the cost of machines that offer equivalent performance. Plus, it's packed with new technology that dramatically changes the way we manufacture, including the ability to work in metals. The EVO far surpasses the capabilities of a traditional desktop 3D printer. It's a true desktop Additive Manufacturing Center."
The EVO possesses Airwolf 3D's signature suite of features — auto-leveling, large build size, high-temperature multi-material printing, and compatibility with water-soluble Hydrofill support material — but in an ultra-ruggedized unit that includes cutting-edge features available only from Airwolf 3D.
Most notable among these is the industry-first PartSave™. Nicknamed "Zombie Mode," PartSave™ solves one of the most frustrating problems with 3D printing. There are few things more disheartening than 3D printing a part for hours, only to have it fail completely if the printer stops due to a power outage or unplugging the machine. With PartSave™, once you restore power, the machine resumes where it left off, enabling the part to finish.
Similarly, another industry-first feature is FailSafe™. If you run out of filament or experience a jam, FailSafe™ has you covered. Just place the print head at the height you left off and FailSafe™ will do the rest, restoring your print and completing the job with time to spare.
The EVO also ships with a full-color 7″ MATRIX touchscreen display, new Tri-Heat™ Enclosed Build Environment, an oversized air purifying system for active containment of UFP and VOC emissions, and dimmable, ultra-bright focused LEDs for observing part manufacturing.
EVO's slew of industry-leading features are powered by a dramatically redesigned microcontroller. The only one of its kind in the industry, the GENESIS Board is a proprietary, automotive-grade 32-bit redundant embedded controller engineered for 3D manufacturing with more precision, greater control, and at double the speed of the commonly used RAMBo board. Combined with a high-flow dual hot end, a high-torque cartridge-style planetary extrusion system, maintenance-free CNC-style linear precision guides, and an oversized stepper motor with an integrated stepper lead screw, the GENESIS Microcontroller makes the EVO the hands-down fastest, highest performing desktop additive manufacturing system in its class.
The EVO's ruggedized construction also makes it the strongest desktop additive manufacturing system ever built. With a 100% aluminum unitized frame and one-piece steel build platform, the EVO is constructed in a rigid monocoque to maximize structural integrity and minimize bulk and weight. A nearly unbreakable three-bolt-reinforced extrusion system and oversized 1000-watt power supply further support mission-critical applications — even in the harshest environments, making the EVO an ideal prototyping and manufacturing tool for aerospace, automotive, medical, and other professionals.
In short, you can do just about anything with the EVO. Just don't call it a 3D printer.
Source and top image: Airwolf