Damon Swanson is a Circus Model Builder. Our guess is that you don’t know anyone who does that sort of thing. It was a first for us, as well. He purchased his Afinia H-Series 3D Printer in late 2012. He likes to create his models in 1/8” scale (1/8” = 1 foot) and his existing 3D printer would only create suitable models down to ¼” scale, which wasn’t small enough.
Set-up was a breeze! Printing the test.stl as I type! Wow, Love Afinia!
It is amazing how perfect the Afinia has been out of the box.
On my very first try at using this printer, I printed an awesome little dinosaur! This printer rocks!
Got my Afinia this weekend, love it!
By the way, pass it up the ladder that this little H series Afinia 3D printer is the greatest machine I ever bought. About a 15 on the 1-10 scale.
John Domville – EST Communications
Your best prints start with a solid foundation. Many of our forum users have been discussing various ways to prepare the print surface for use with their ABS and PLA filament, and we’ve compiled the best information in a handy PDF, available for download from our Manuals and Guides page.
Ethan Broadway is a Radiographer with Edumation who works with a company that has developed a synthetic bone graft substitute. Ethan’s quest was to determine a better way to show potential clients how their product performed after surgery, other than using CT scans.
Ethan has followed 3D Printing for a few years, beginning with some of the popular kits available at the time. As an amateur astronomer, he knew that a desktop 3D printer would be a good way to create parts to improve his designs. “The only reason I didn’t buy a kit was I’d spend so much time assembling the thing and getting it running that I would never have time to actually build my telescopes.”
It’s been said that 3D Printing is a disruptive technology – maybe so, on the high-end where it challenges traditional manufacturing. At Afinia, we believe 3D printing is an enabling technology that opens the door to desktop manufacturing for people who could’t participate before.
It reminds us of what has occurred in the music and publishing industries where authors and musicians no longer need a record label or publishing house to get their work to market. After all, our parent company, Microboards Technology, has been a world leader in providing technology that puts the power in the hands of the content creator.
There are many examples in the desktop 3D printing arena. One of our favorites is the story of Christina Chun, a Bay Area 3D Modeler and Jewelry Designer. Read Christina’s story here, as seen in 3D Printing Industry.
We’ve received some inquiries via social media regarding perf-board build platform alternatives. Here’s a day-in-the-life account from John Westrum, VP of Afinia:
I went to Ace Hardware in Chanhassen and had the guy at the key duplicating desk cut and edge-polish 3 pieces of 3/8″ glass (5.5″ x 5.5″). I asked if they had tempered glass, but they would have had to order that from St. Paul and it was going to be more expensive. The 3 pieces of glass cost $12.