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Managing Editor  | July 2017

Australian startup announces launch of PVC 3-D printer


Australian startup AONIQ has announced the launch of its 888 PVC (polyvinyl chloride) 3-D printer that is intended to sit in between the high-priced industrial printers being used by large companies and the lower quality desktop printers favored by hobbyists.

 

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AONIQ CEO Michael Slavic (front) and his team are launching a PVC 3-D printer.
(AONIQ)

 

The 888 printer will retail for $10,999, according to a recent article by 3ders.org, and is expected to start shipping in August. The goal is to bring 3-D printing to everyone.

 

The article continued, “This ability is partially supplied by a 235 x 255 x 195 mm build volume, direct drive extruder, and layer height of 100-400 microns. X-Y resolution on the 888 is 100 microns, and the printer comes with four print heads: 2 x 0.4 mm, 1 x 0.3 mm, and 1 x 0.5 mm.”

 

The printer also uses PVC, a resin that is popular in a number of industries but rarely used by 3-D printing companies. According to AONIQ, the PVC material can be used like other, more traditional, 3-D printing materials such as PLA or ABS and is used with infill printing that the company claims will create parts that look like they were injection molded.

 

AONIQ also said that the printer will work with Simplify3D and Cura and can be used from day one by novice printers or fine-tuned by experts.

 

The company website added, “The 888 comes in an enclosure which has been custom designed to provide a safe PVC print operating environment. The enclosure eliminates any fumes using the inbuilt carbon filtration system. Additionally, the enclosure also provides clean filtered power to help avoid any print mishaps caused by dirty power.”

 

There is also a camera for real-time, remote monitoring and the 888 printer is built with four linear rails and two ball screws to “print with an accuracy of the width of a human hair.”

 

The company description continued, “The print surface is one of the most critical parts for a 3D print and uneven print surface temperature causes adhesion failure…Our print tables don't need anything added to keep your print from moving while in operation. The other major advancement is once the AONIQ table cools down it releases the print and you can pick it up with very little effort.”

 

The printer will go on sale on August 1, but pre-sales are currently being accepted.

 

In a press release, CEO of AONIQ, Michael Slavica, said, “With this 3D printer we are giving the average person the ability to not only take on the large corporations but beat them…In this next stage of 3D printing it is time for most people already using 3D printers to decide if they want continue to tinker on the sidelines or to actually join the latest industrial revolution.”  

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