What filament diameter can be used on Altair?

  • 1.75mm

What software is included with the machine and what is the licensing like with it?

SImplify 3D is bundled with Altair 3D printers. Simplify3D® provides complete control over your print settings, making it easier than ever to create high-quality 3D prints. Start up quickly with pre-configured settings optimized for Altair, review a simulation of your build sequence in the Preview Mode, and begin your 3D print with confidence. Total control means amazing 3D prints! Now shipping with all Altair 3D printers!

Altair is also completely compatible with many other open software systems including Cura, Astroprint, Octoprint, MatterControl, Repetier, and Skeinforge.

What temp can the extruder on Altair go to?

What temp does the heated bed on Altair go to?
110˚C (Contact us if you need it to go hotter)

What layer resolution can the Altair print at? (min. layer height)
Resolution: 0.04mm (40micron) or better.

What software is used?
We have partnered with Matter Hackers and designed a customized version of Matter Control Host Software for Altair. Any open source 3D printing software is also functional with Altair. Examples include Pronterface, Repetier Host, and Skeinforge. These can be downloaded from the internet.

What file types are needed for printing?
The Host Software can read .stl and .gcode files. Altair prints objects directly from .gcode files.

Who should buy the Altair 3D Printer?
3D printers are for a variety of people and industries. Here are a few that benefit from using Altair:

Is the Altair 3D Printer plug and play? Will I need to do a lot to set it up?
Every Altair 3D printer ships preassembled, ready to print right out of the box. To help you get started, Altair is preconfigured to print the most commonly used materials, including PLA and ABS. That means that your prints will look awesome, right from the start. We also suggest using our Auto Bed Leveling, which is an automatic process that will help you get even better prints.

What’s new about the Altair 3D Printer? What's so special about it?
Our patent pending CarbonGlide™ system provides sleek, smooth and quiet 3D printing. With CarbonGlide™ rods, Altair completes larger prints faster, quieter, and with more accuracy than other printers, and looks amazing while doing it. CarbonGlide™ rods also help decrease the overall weight without sacrificing any structural integrity, making Altair far more portable than other printers in it’s class. Altair also has a great auto calibration system, large build area, all metal hot end, and heated bed to allow users to print with most any thermoplastic material.

What is Auto Calibration?
To achieve the greatest accuracy, the bed of the 3D printer should be level. To make this as easy as possible we’ve created a solid-state calibration system to automatically measure the bed surface and recalculate with a click of a button. This will make sure your prints have a successful first layer. Read our article on running auto calibration.

How big is the build area on the Altair 3D Printer?
With Altair, you’ll be able to print large parts over 8 inches (200 mm) in diameter and up to 10 inches (254 mm) high.

What can the Altair 3D Printer make?
Lots of things. It's open to your imagination! Check out our articles for more ideas!

I need to print something by next week. How long will it take to get up and running?
Altair comes preassembled and preconfigured, so once you unpack your shiny new Altair, you’ll be up and printing in no time. Our auto calibration will make sure your prints turn out accurate right from the start.

What does it cost to print something?
The cost of 3D printed objects depends on a number of factors, including density of the print, type of filament, and object size. For an object the size of a baseball, with a 50% infill, the cost would be approximately $2 in PLA. 

Is Altair compatible with Apple computers?
Yes. Altair is also compatible with Linux and PC computers.

What level of expertise do I need to run the Altair 3D printer?
Our assembled and calibrated 3D printer is one of the easiest printers to use. It’s great for those just getting started as well as those who are ready for a printer that can perform more advanced functions. The Altair 3D printer is so easy to use that even if you’re new to 3D printing, you’ll be printing your first idea within minutes.
With each printer, you’ll receive a manual with simple instructions that will help you hit the ground running, instead of spending your time learning how it all works.

Where does the name Altair come from?
Altair is the brightest star in the constellation Aquila and one of the brightest stars in the night sky. At PrintSpace we love the astronomy and all things aerospace. Founder Mark Jaster previously worked at NASA and has a background in 3D printing for large scale aerospace structures.

Can Altair printers print in metal?
Altair can print metallic filled materials such as Brass PLA, Stainless Steel PLA, Copper PLA, Tungsten ABS and many more. 

Do you offer educational discounts?
Yes! Please contact us at

What file transfer system is available? USB stick, SD card, hardline with Cat5 or USB? Other?
USB and MicroSD from the front panel

What is your nozzle orifice size and are there options for it?
0.4mm is our standard size. We also sell .25mm, .35mm, and .5mm universal nozzles that are compatible. 

What materials/filaments can be used with Altair 3D printers?

Altair Altair Pro
PolyFlex Flexible PLA
"Tough PLA"/ABS Replacement
Carbon Fiber PLA 
Bridge Nylon

ABS Carbon Fiber 
Carbon Fiber ABS
Carbon Fiber PLA
Carbon Nanotube ESD
Nylon 318
Nylon 645
Bridge Nylon
Nylon 910
FDA Nylon
Tungsten ABS
Heat Deflection Nylon
Flexible PLA
Tough PLA
Carbon Fiber PLA
And many more! New filaments are coming out all of the time!