Montreal-based 3D printing company AON3D has launched its latest industrial 3D printer, the AON-M2 2020. The new high-temperature 3D printer builds on the company’s open materials ethos and is compatible with a broad range of high performance thermoplastics, including PEEK, ULTEM, PEKK, polycarbonate, carbon fiber-filled materials and more.
Within the polymer 3D printing industry, AON3D’s goal is relatively straight forward: to give its customers access to high-temperature 3D printing that is open and reliable. Since its founding in 2015, the Canadian company has made steady gains towards achieving this goal with the continual development of its AON-M2 3D printer platform.
With the launch of the AON-M2 2020, AON3D is really showing what it’s made of. Upgrades to the new system, including a stainless steel frame and redesigned chamber heater, address and improve upon the system’s accuracy, reliability and repeatability.
“From the all stainless-steel frame to minimize thermal expansion, to the chamber heater redesign that offers precise control of the thermal environment and heats up in less than 15 minutes, the AON-M2 2020 is an exciting step-up for AON3D,” explained AON3D CEO, Kevin Han. “We are thrilled to continue offering customers the widest range of material options for their applications and materials expertise that goes well beyond the machine design.”
The AON-M2 2020 also has a greater material compatibility range than its predecessor thanks to a higher chamber temperature of up to 135°C, a higher bed temperature of 200°C and a hot end temperature of up to 470°C. Thanks to these upgraded features, adopters from the aerospace, defense, manufacturing and R&D industries, among others, can work with high temperature, engineering-grade plastics and achieve superior mechanical properties for printed parts.
In terms of size, AON3D’s new system boasts a large build volume of 454 x 454 x 640 mm, which can accommodate the production of large parts or series of smaller parts. An integrated dual-extrusion system with independent tool-heads enables users to exploit the use of low-cost, easily removable support materials for building more complex components. Other notable features include automated calibration, a liquid-cooling system for stepper motors and hot ends, as well as remote management.
“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,” commented Andrew Walker, Director of R&D at AON3D. “The AON-M2 2020 is the bedrock of a complete solution we offer customers for getting from CAD file to end-use parts, without sacrificing affordability.”
Not only does the AON-M2 2020 industrial 3D printer meet the open material standards of its developer, but AON3D has also formed partnerships with leading materials companies, like Solvay, SABIC, Kimya, DSM and Infinite Material Solutions, to develop optimized process parameters for their engineering-grade filaments.
This, along with an extensive support system consisting of application engineers, trainers and AM experts, gives users a solid foundation for not only adopting AON3D’s technology but optimizing its use.
This article was published in collaboration with AON3D.