I am a Mechanical Engineer with 23 years of product development experience. I have worked at several fortune 100 companies and have used several different kinds/brands of expensive 3d printers. The AFINIA H479 3D printer works very well and the output is comparible to machines I have used. I was very surprised and amazed at how the printer and software handled a small helical gear (1.25″ dia. X 0.375″ tall X 48 teeth.) Printed gear was functional. Start up kit was complete and set-up straight forward. Software occasionally hangs up when sending a print job from the PC to the printer, but a reset of the printer resolves the issue. I would like to see some software enhancements that will provide you control over the fixed wall thickness of 1.5mm. I would also like to see the software “solid” function provide a more refined internal print matrix to achieve improved part density. This is a great product for the money.
Reviewed by: Thomas Bender from Madison Wisconsin. on 1/19/2013
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Very satisfied with Afinia 3D printer. Software works well. Machine does a good job making models. Accuracy is excellent based on this printing technology. Setup took a bit of time getting the platform level and printing height set. Have made many models for engineering school and old car restoration. Best to withdraw filament after a printing job. Have had filament stick and had to drill out nozzle.
Reviewed by: Jerry Craig from St. Louis Missouri. on 2/10/2013
by Aaron H. Pratt, VP Marketing – Microboards Technology/Afinia
Almost exactly one year ago, we made the decision to enter the fray of 3D printing. What we saw then, and what we see now, was a disruptive technology, positioned to change business, that was beginning to make its way into the desktop market. Technologically speaking, we knew we were a late entrant. 3D printing, sometimes called Additive manufacturing, had been around for 30 years in one form or another. But marketwise, we saw a window of opportunity. Suddenly, garage tinkerers and back-room hobbyists were beginning to produce a product that met the economic requirements and piqued the interest of a much broader market than before. Given our expertise in commercializing new technology products in the B2B space, we decided to help the industry take a step past the tinker toy stage and offer a finished, supported device to users who were ready to try 3D printing but would need something that worked out of the box. And Afinia was born. [Read more…]
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.
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.”