Build Plate Installation

The AON-M2 bed assembly has a securing mechanism used to keep the build plate in place while printing. It is very important that this mechanism is securely fastened so the build plate does not shift during the print.

Any build plate purchased from AON3D can be installed using the instructions below.

If you install or remove the build plate while the machine (bed and/or chamber) is hot, use heat resistant gloves and protective sleeves.

The configuration of the build plate securing mechanism has been improved since the original release of the AON-M2. Instructions for both the old T-Tab System and the improved Side Clamp System, can be found on this page.
All AON-M2 2020 machines are equipped with the improved Side Clamp System.

If your machine is equipped with only the T-Tab System, we strongly recommend upgrading your machine with the Side Clamp System. An upgrade kit can be purchased from AON3D including parts and procedures to install the Side Clamp System on your bed assembly. Contact help@aon3d.com for more information and to purchase this upgrade.

Side Clamp System T-Tab System
Side Clamp System - two angled tabs, called the side clamps, located on the sides of the bed assembly. T-Tab System - one T-shaped tab, located at the front of the bed assembly.

Side Clamp System

Required Tools & Equipment

  • Heat resistant gloves and sleeves (if the machine is hot)
  • Lint-free cloth
  • 3mm hex screwdriver
  1. Loosen the side clamps by loosening the set screw with the 3 mm hexagonal screwdriver.
    Do not remove the set screw.
    Repeat on the other side.

    Only loosen the set screw that is located in the center of the clamp. Do not adjust the two flathead screws at the ends as this results in the clamp not securing the build plate properly and may change the plate’s alignment.

    Loosen the set screw on the clamp

  2. With the lint-free cloth, wipe any residue off the bed surface.

  3. Install the build plate by sliding it under the side clamps, until the plate hits the rear stopper block.

    You may need to loosen the set screws further or wiggle the build plate to slide it into place.

    Slide the Build Plate Under the Clamp

  4. Use the 3 mm hex screwdriver to tighten the set screws in equal amounts, securing the plate.

  5. Verify that the build plate is securely in place by attempting to pull the handles.
    If the plate can move, tighten both set screws a half turn until the build plate no longer moves.

  6. You have successfully installed a build plate in your AON machine!

T-Tab System

Required Tools & Equipment

  • Heat resistant gloves and sleeves (if the machine is hot)
  • Lint-free cloth
  • 3mm hex screwdriver
  1. Remove the T-tab by unscrewing the two screws with the 3 mm hex screwdriver.

    Remove the screws from the tab

  2. With the lint-free cloth, wipe any residue off the bed surface.

  3. Install the build plate by sliding it over the bed until the plate hits the rear stopper block.

    It is sometimes helpful to wiggle the build plate when sliding it into place.

  4. Secure the build plate by reinstalling the T-tab.
    Use the 3 mm screwdriver to tighten both screws.

  5. You have successfully installed a build plate in your AON machine!

Last modified: June 2, 2020