What is 3D Printing?
3D Printing is also known as additive manufacturing.
A 3D model is designed in 3D CAD in programmes, such as Sketchup, Solidworks or AutoDesk.
This will allow the user to create their designs in 2D (like any normal drawing) but then do something which is called extruding the model and making it into a 3D model that can then be exported as an STL.
Most 3D Printers use a file type called STL (Surface Tessellation Language) this file is made up layers and this is how the printer can interact with it as it also makes the prints using a layer by layer process.
What is filament?
This is the plastic that goes into the 3D Printer; it comes in various types of materials and two diameters.
What is a spool?
A spool is also made of plastic, this holds the filament in place so then it doesn’t tangle whilst going through the extruder.
What is PLA?
PLA (Polylactic Acid) is a type of thermoplastic made from plant starch and does not require heated bed whilst printing.
What is ABS?
ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) is a petroleum based thermoplastic that does require a heated bed whilst printing.
What is an exotic 3D Printing filament?
An exotic material is a specially formulated filament that usually has 80% PLA and then 20% of another property such as stainless, wood, carbon fibre and many more.
What diameters do the filaments come in?
Most filaments come in either 1.75mm or 2.85mm diameter.
What weights do we supply?
Most of the filaments that we supply are either, 125g coils, then spools of from weights of 330g, 500g, 750g or 1kg.
What is Warping?
When a 3D Printed part has warped this means that it has lifted from the build plate. To prevent this for all desktop 3D Printers with a glass build plate we supply. The anti-adhesion solution from Airwolf 3D that is called Wolfbite.
What is Wolfbite and what materials can I 3D Print with it?
The anti-adhesion solution from Airwolf 3D is called Wolfbite. This solution comes in a bottle and is applied to the glass build plate using the included applicator stick. This just needs to be applied once and should last for 8-10 prints. Once you need to replenish it, just wash the glass with hot & soapy water, allow it to dry and then reapply as before. Each bottle with last between 80-100 prints.
Wolfbite is for: ABS, TPU & NINJAFLEX
Wolfbite Nano is for: PLA
Wolfbite Mega is for: ABS, PC/ABS and Polycarbonate
Wolfbite Nitro is for: Nylon
What is a hotend or extruder?
The hotend (or extruder) as the name says is the part of the printer that gets hot, for example the Airwolf 3D extruders will go up to 320⁰C –THAT’S HOT!
What is a nozzle?
A nozzle is a small metal component that attaches to the hotend part of the extruder, this then allows the filament to be pushed through at the diameter of that nozzle, usually either 0.6mm, 0.5mm, 0.4mm or 0.35mm the smaller the number the more refined the quality is set to be, however their might be some implications.
Can I collect my order from you?
Yes, we have a trade counter which is open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
What delivery methods do you offer?
We ship via DPD or UK Mail to the UK & Ireland
We ship via TNT to europe