Australian start-up AONIQ has developed a new PVC-based 3D printer. While PVC is an interesting material with diverse capabilities, there has not been a significant push to use it. This has been largely due to most company’s inability to find suitable printing techniques for it. The 888 printer by AONIQ may just have cracked the code.
PVC has many wide-ranging applications including construction, sports services and transparent framing. The company has decided to go against the current trend of low price printers, instead opting for a high end approach. As a result, the printer is priced at $10,500. This is indicative of a move toward functional parts production as opposed to the hobbyist market.
The prints themselves are quite interesting. The inner structure of the print is far more similar to concrete than it is to general plastics. The layers seem almost invisible and the functionality comes close to that of injection molded parts.
AONIQ’s CEO believes that with this 3D printer consumers can produce industrial grade products to rival that of large firms. The technology is derived from and an improvement upon that of 3DGence, a Polish company. Both companies collaborated to produce this new technology.
PVC is also environmentally friendly in many ways. It can lead to the provision of sustainable goods and solutions in many different industries. Since it is a recyclable, PVC contributes to highly efficient reusability standards.. It is helping many countries (such as the UK) match their environmental protection targets.
The company is planning to release the 888 on July 1st.
|Number of Printheads||2 x 0.4, 1 x 0.3, 1 x 0.5|
|Build Size||9.25 x 10.05 x 7.68 in (235 x 255 x 195 mm)|
|Maximum Head Temperature||250 ° C|
|Maximum Bed Temperature||180 ° C|
|Layer Height||100-400 microns|
|X and Y Resolution||90 microns|
|Printer Dimensions||22.04 x 19.21 x 24.21 in (560 x 488 x 615 mm)|
|Extruder Type||Direct Drive|
|Filament Diameter||1.75 mm|
|File Transfer||SD card, USB|
|Operating System||Linux, Mac OS X, Windows|
|Display||7″ Touch screen|
All images retrieved from AONIQ’s website.