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AON3D: Revolutionizing 3D Printing with Metal Replacement Polymers

Monday, July 1st, 2024

In the ever-evolving landscape of additive manufacturing, AON3D stands out as a pioneering force. Founded in 2015, this Montreal-based company has made significant strides to make it easy and affordable to 3D print the world’s highest performance polymers, also known as metal replacement polymers. In a recent conversation with Eric Beardslee, Product & Content Marketing Manager at AON3D, we delved into the innovative solutions and applications that are propelling the company to the forefront of the industry.

AON3D’s Vision and Mission

AON3D’s mission is clear: to democratize industrial 3D printing by providing open material printers that allow users full control over the entire process. Beardslee explained that the founders were frustrated with the status quo, where proprietary systems limited users to specific settings and materials. This motivated them to create a printer that offers unparalleled flexibility and control with end-to-end automation for those who want “just push print usability”.

“We are a hardware and software company that focuses primarily on metal replacement polymers,” Beardslee stated. “We’re working towards AM adoption in regulated applications through process automation, AI-drive process tuning, and in-process monitoring, which delivers stronger, more consistent, and quality verified parts.”


Cutting-Edge Hardware: The Hylo High Temperature 3D Printer

The Hylo High Temperature 3D Printer

At the heart of AON3D’s hardware offerings is Hylo, one of the largest and fastest high temperature 3D printers on the market, is able to process the world’s highest performance polymers, such as PEEK and ULTEM™. With a build volume of 650 x 450 x 450 mm and independent dual extrusion, Hylo can produce full scale, end-use parts in a fraction of the time. 

“Our printer has end-to-end automation,” Beardslee said. “It features an automated material system, optical nozzle inspection and XY calibration, independent extruder leveling, and in-process monitoring. Through automation, we can achieve new levels of reliability and part consistency”


MCADCafe Industry Predictions for 2024 – Synopsys

Monday, January 8th, 2024

By Kerim Genc, Product Manager, Synopsys Simpleware Product Group

Kerim Genc

1. More and more Medical Device companies that have tried to build/deploy their own AI-enabled automation for their current patchwork of patient specific workflows are going to start realizing their inefficiencies and turn to third-party companies that specialize in delivering AI solutions.

    • Since patient-specific workflows are set to drive the growth of the global 3D printing medical device market , the biggest bottleneck, image segmentation, needs to be addressed at scale. Companies can no longer afford to rely on an army of technicians clicking away at images to manually segment them. Therefore, they will turn to AI solutions to automate the process, and will run into the “build or buy” dilemma.  Some can build and deploy internally, but many have been at it for a while and are struggling to realize the promise of a fully automated, single-click image segmentation solution.

It takes more than simply hiring a few AI developers to build robust AI-enabled solutions that are accurate, repeatable, and scalable to their specific workflow, all the while being deployed quickly and able to pass regulatory approval. Many are two to three years into “building it themselves,” and although their internal solutions may be able to automate 60-70% of the cases, the last 30% is proving elusive; they are realizing that, although they are a Medical Device company with sophisticated software capabilities and very talented developers, extracting the full potential value of AI needs a specialized partner.  I think we will see an acceleration of companies ceding control of their workflow development in exchange for faster and more robust deployment of AI solutions.


Materialise Announces 3D Printing Trends for 2024

Monday, December 11th, 2023

By: Materialise Team

2023 was another year of change and growth for the additive manufacturing industry — and 2024 promises to be just as exciting. So, what can you expect?

At the end of every year, we at Materialise reflect on our industry and we ask ourselves: what will we see in the year to come? Normally, the answer is the same: “The industry continues to grow.”

This year is a little different. The adoption of 3D printing isn’t just increasing. It’s shifting. We see shifting approaches. Shifting mindsets. Shifting markets. And even shifting limitations.

These are the trends we expect to have the biggest impact in 2024:

  • 3D printing: two distinct paths to adoption We can see two clearly defined — and co-existing — approaches to how companies adopt 3D printing.
  • The rise of 3D printing’s ‘middle class’: mid-range machines for the mid-range market Traditionally, 3D printing offered two options: low-budget or a top-end machine. This left a large customer segment whose needs weren’t being met — until now.
  • Shifting mindsets: from ‘Why?’ to ‘How?’ Companies are familiar with the benefits of 3D printing — they no longer ask why they should use it. Now, they’re asking how they can integrate the technology and scale up production.
  • Mass manufacturing meets 3D printing: will dream become reality? Inspiring innovations in markets such as China, the US, and Germany are beginning to make 3D printing’s costs as desirable as its benefits. Will we see it become a viable mass-manufacturing technology?

These trends are a clear sign of how the industry is maturing and shifting to meet the ever-changing needs of manufacturers. Watch the Materialise 3D Printing Trends for 2024 video to learn more about the four trends we expect to have the biggest impact in the year to come.

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