The guide that follows gives high-level steps in order to help with your ongoing success with the AON-M2 machine. Please make sure that all sub-referenced articles are read in their entirety as this article is only meant to serve as a universal quick start guide.
Make sure that the machine is clean and that there is no unwanted material(s) around the lead screws and/or around the linear guides and guide rails.
Make sure that the nozzle is clean. Use the wire brush to clean the nozzle.
Before the machine XYZ-axes can be calibrated, or a print can be started, make sure that the print surface is clean and free of solvents and/or unwanted materials.
Refer to Clean Print Surface and Build Chamber.
Do not use compressed air to clean the machine component(s) unless otherwise specified. The use of compressed air can cause damages to machine component(s).
The build plate, or build sheet, must be correctly installed to get satisfactory print results.
Make sure that the machine status shown in the top left of the graphical user interface (GUI) is
Idle. This shows that the machine is ready to start a print job.
The AON M2+ has the Vacuum Bed Feature. This technology will help the user succeed with the demands of ABS, PEEK and other high-performance polymers.
Refer to Vacuum Bed Feature.
Make sure there is sufficient filament on the spool before a print is started. Simplify3D® gives an estimate on the weight of filament necessary for each part in the G-Code viewer. To calculate the weight of filament necessary:
Make sure that the filament density in Simplify3D® is entered correctly. In Simplify3D®, select Edit Process Settings > Other.
The AON M2+ and the AON-M2 2020 have the Filament Runout Detection (FRD) Feature. When enabled, this feature pauses a print when the filament runout sensors sense no filament in the feed paths, and the Graphic User Interface (GUI)/web browser shows the user how to remove and install a roll of filament. The user can continue with the print when the filament has been loaded into the feed path, and sensed by the filament runout sensors.
Refer to Filament Runout Detection (FRD) Feature.
The Pause and Resume Feature can help the user with the operations that follow:
Refer to Pause and Resume Feature.
To connect to the AON3D machine through the web browser on your computer (Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox):
To upload a file into the GUI:
Refer to Toolpath Files.
Refer to Preheat Build Chamber Components.
Once the temperature of the build chamber components are stable, the Z-axis must be calibrated.
Refer to the Calibration Index to select the correct calibration procedure for your machine:
Refer to the X/Y Toolhead Offsets Calibration procedure.
Heat the two toolheads to the necessary target temperatures before a print is started.
Refer to the First Layer guide.
Filament must be retracted from the AON M2+ hot end assembly(ies) when there is no print in progress.
Two methods can be used to retract the filament from the hot end(s):
Failure to retract the filament from the hot end(s) can signal the GUI to give an error message.