AON3D has introduced a new high-temperature industrial 3D printer, the AON M2+.
The new machine builds upon the last six years of high-temperature industrial 3D printing expertise built up within the Montreal-based company. In 2015, the first AON3D system made its debut on Kickstarter, one of perhaps few industrial 3D printers to find success on the crowdfunding platform.
In 2018, the AON M2 arrived on the scene. Able to handle high-temperature materials nicely and with a generous build volume, the 3D printer spelled success for AON3D.
“Our vision is to bring high-quality plastics to 3D printing, so that people can build end-use components. The amount of design flexibility that this enables is huge,” AON3D Co-Founder and CPO Randeep Singh told Fabbaloo at the time.
“3D printing has been way too expensive for too long – we’re imagining a world where regular businesses can have access to the same quality of tools as the Fortune 500.”
Last year, the company introduced a revamped 3D printer with the AON-M2 2020. Higher temperature capabilities with focus on advanced materials brought about a stronger industrial 3D printer.
And now the odyssey continues with the even-more-powerful AON M2+.
“Our goal is to unlock AM applications across value chains and beyond just prototyping,” said AON3D Chief Product Officer Randeep Singh, “Materials and final part properties are leading those initiatives.”
In order to meet those material needs, the AON M2+ includes:
- Forced Convective Air Flow — large actively heated build chamber (450 x 450 x 640 mm)
- Remote Management — Ethernet and WiFi capabilities; WiFi can be disconnected upon request
- Water-Cooled Steppers & Heat Breaks
- Open Material Format
- Configurable Process Controls
- High-Temperature, Composite-Ready Dual independent 500°C+ extruders with hardened steel nozzles
- New and improved:
- Heated Vacuum Build Plate with surface options including PEI, PC, PPSU, CF PEEK, and more
- Automated Mesh Leveling with a 300%+ faster leveling sequence time improvement
- Improved Thermal Properties including a smaller window and improved insulation for faster heating times, reduced heat loss, and static chamber temperature
- Filament Runout / Pause / Resume
In Q4 2021, the AON M2+ will also include Duplication Mode. An increasingly desired offering with dual extruder systems, this can double output by 3D printing two parts at the same time.
The release notes that compatible materials include properties like “higher strength to weight ratio than aluminum, chemical/hydrocarbon resistance, biocompatible/sterilizable properties, thermal resistance above 250°C, and more.”
“End-use part properties define how businesses can benefit from 3D printing,” said AON3D CEO Kevin Han. “The AON M2+ was designed by our team of material scientists to take full advantage of current and future economical thermoplastics, carbon fiber composites and high-performance polymers like PEEK, PEKK, and ULTEM.”
PEEK, PEKK, ULTEM, and other all-caps engineering-grade materials familiar for end-use manufacturing are coming more thoroughly into 3D printing. But there’s also usually quite a premium attached to those capabilities.
The AON M2+ is priced to attract mid-market customers “without sacrificing hardware quality,” the company notes, describing the system as “the industry’s largest sub-$100k actively heated build volume and open material ecosystem” designed to make “full-scale and functional 3D printing accessible to businesses of all sizes.”