The AON M2+ High Temperature Industrial 3D Printer features Independent Dual Extrusion for Duplication and Mirror Mode 3D Printing (Photo: Business Wire).

The optional upgrade will be available later this year to users of AON3D’s printer

March 10, 2022

MONTREAL—An optional firmware upgrade to the AON M2+ High Temperature Industrial 3D Printer will effectively double the output of new and existing M2+ machines, according to AON3D, the maker of the machines.

The new feature will enable Duplication Mode and Mirror Mode 3D printing, and is intended to meet the growing demands of factory floors, AON3D said in a release. With the upgrade, the AON M2+ will be able to print two of the same part, or two mirrored parts concurrently via an Independent Dual Extrusion (IDEX) system, doubling the machine’s output. Duplication and Mirror Mode are expected to be available via firmware upgrade by fall of this year, the company said.

AON3D is a Montreal-based additive manufacturing hardware, software, and material science company. The company was founded in 2015 by a team of materials engineers.

Besides increased production capabilities, the IDEX system is reported to provide greater design freedom—including the ability to print large internal geometries and non-liner holes with water-soluble support options—while reducing labor intensive post-processing.

The AON M2+, unlike other 3D printers with IDEX, is also reportedly capable of printing high-performance materials, such as PEEK, PEKK, and ULTEM™. According to AON3D, these materials offer some of the strongest and best material properties currently available in 3D printing, including higher strength-to-weight ratio than many metals; high heat resistance (with the ability to withstand continuous use temperatures up to 260°C); and high chemical and hydrocarbon resistance. The materials are also reported to offer low friction and high wear resistance.

AON3D said that with the Duplication Mode upgrade, the AON M2+ offers twice the size, twice the output, and more material options than any high temperature 3D printer currently on the market for less than $60,000.

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