Production and industrial use cases for 3D printing are incredibly easy to find today, but in 2015 there was still a large segment of unserved market just waiting for the right product. A group of engineers at McGill University realized that the upper-end of performance for FDM 3D printing was being overlooked for much more expensive technologies. They formed AON3D to provide a high-performance FDM offering that would be much more accessible than SLS machines.
The AON-M2 was launched in 2018 with the ability to print high-temp materials like ULTEM and PEEK that are rated for aerospace and medical applications. Such a capability empowered small and medium suppliers to make engineering-grade parts for large distributors and government agencies. Besides being able to support high-performance materials, the printer itself is built like a tank with the highest quality components.
We are seeing a growing demand for an additive manufacturing platform that can print the strongest thermoplastics, as well as an increasing recognition that reaching the maximum mechanical property potential for any part-material combination is a challenge best met with expert support. Director of R&D at AON3D, Andrew Walker
The 2020 version of the AON-M2 maintains the same legacy of build quality with some significant upgrades. Improvements were made to the convection flow path of the actively-heated build chamber and the maximum temperature of the chamber was increased from 120°C to 135°C; this further enhances repeatability and interlayer bonding. It also takes only 15 minutes to heat up, which is important when there are several jobs in the queue. Of course, all the features that made the original M2 great are still present:
- – 18″ x 18″ x 25″ build envelope
- – Dual independent and liquid-cooled toolheads that can reach 470°C
- – Hot-swappable build surfaces that can reach 200°C
- – Automated mesh bed leveling
- – Simplify3D slicing software
- – Precision of 25 microns on the XY axes and 1 micron on the Z axis
- – LCD interface and WiFi control
Especially important is that AON3D is keeping with its commitment to providing customers with an open material ecosystem, allowing users to print with their favorite brands. And they’re nice enough to include print profiles for the most popular brands of filament. The AON-M2 2020 packs a lot of functionality into a (relatively) small package.