The founders of AON3D started the company in 2015 with the goal of developing a competitively priced, filament-style 3D printer that would let customers produce parts from nonproprietary, high-performance thermoplastics. The Montreal startup—founded by a group of McGill University materials engineers—achieved its goal and since then has upgraded the printer’s design several times. The latest iteration is the recently released AON-M2, which can build parts from nylon, polycarbonate, UltemTM, PEKK, PEEK, TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), and many other materials. It features a 120-degrees-C bed; an expansive 18- by 18- by 25-in. build envelope; dual, independent extruders; and it can be operated remotely without installing software. Company Cofounder and CEO Kevin Han said the M2 fills a niche between desktop-style “prosumer” systems and industrial systems. The Additive Report met with Han at Formnext 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany, where he spoke about AON3D’s beginnings, the decision to focus on high-performance polymers, and steps that will spur growth of the additive manufacturing (AM) industry.