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The H480 3D Printer from AFINIA provides an accurate and user-friendly approach to consumer 3D printing. The H480 ships fully assembled which allows you to focus on setting the platform level and printing height for optimal 3D printing. With a build volume of 5.5 x 5.5 x 5.3" area, the H480 utilizes a platform perforated board to ensure your 3D models print firmly on the surface of the building platform yet make it easy to remove. The heated platform also saves you some time since you only have to wait for the extruder to heat up.
The H480 comes with one roll filament of natural color. The filament is made of plastic ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), which is designed to the extruding specification of the H480. The supports and raft break easily away from your 3D model resulting in a fine finish while keeping high dimensional tolerances.
Post printing production is just as important as the actual 3D printing process. AFINIA included several accessories that you can use to remove excess ABS material as well as edit your 3D model with ease. Some of the accessories are a utility knife, a putty knife for removing the 3D model safely from the building platform, a large pair of tweezers, a pair of snipping pliers, a nozzle wrench with spare screws, a filament guide tube, a pair of work gloves, and more.
The H480 connects to your PC or Mac computer via a USB 2.0 port (a USB cable is included). The H480 works with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1 operating systems as well as Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard up to Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It is also recommended that you use the included AFINIA 3D printing software for optimal results.
Out-of-the-Box 3D Printing
The AFINIA H480 provides a true "out-of-the-box" 3D printing experience because it ships fully assembled with easy-to-install software for both Mac and PC computers. The H480 can print a prototype of a part or a model that is up to 5 cubic inches. The output is accurate to within 150 microns (0.15mm) and has 30% of the strength of injection-molded parts.
The auto-leveling feature is used to compensate for a warped or uneven print surface. It is not designed to take the place of manually leveling the print platform. The Platform Calibration Probe attaches magnetically to the extruder head and connects to the printer via a data cable. The probe measures the height of the build platform at nine different points and takes just over two minutes to complete the calibration.
Nozzle Height Detection
The nozzle detection feature measures the nozzle height to ensure that it is the correct distance from the printing surface prior to printing. This process takes about 20 seconds to complete. Using the nozzle height detection feature is more accurate than setting the nozzle height manually. It also helps 3D models adhere to the print surface during printing.
Easy-to-Use, Powerful Software
The included 3D printing software features an easy-to-use interface for laying out, orienting, duplicating, and scaling parts. Simply use the included utility to calibrate the printhead height and you'll be printing within minutes. The 3D printing software imports STL files, and the output can be customized in terms of the amount of support material and "raft" (base support) printed. Breakaway support material is simple to remove, and tools for post-printing are included. Design files for 3D printing can be created using online software, professional software such as SolidWorks, or by downloading from the extensive online 3D printer community for free.
3D Printer Plastic Filament
The H480 uses high-quality ABS plastic filament for 3D printing and comes with a spool of natural ABS filament. AFINIA also offers an array of other plastic filament colors, such as black, red, blue, yellow, green, and more.
The H480 can be operated in standalone mode. Once the file is downloaded to the H480, the USB connection between the 3D printer and computer can be disconnected even while printing.
The H480 is just under 11 pounds, making it easy to transport from room to room.