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AON3D funding reaches $11.5M, sets sights on PM1 Moon lander

The Canadian company will provide 3D printed parts for Astrobotic's Peregrine Moon Lander mission

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Canadian 3D printer manufacturer‘s AON3D funding reached $11.5M (USD) on Series A round, as the company formed a partnership with Astrobotic to support the upcoming PM1 Moon lander mission. This brings the company’s total funding to $14.2M. SineWave Ventures led the round with participation from AlleyCorp, Y Combinator Continuity, BDC Capital, EDC, Panache Ventures, MANA Ventures, top social-media influencers Josh Richards & Griffin Johnson, and leading Silicon Valley angels.

The funding will be used to invest in 3D printing R&D, continue onboarding talent to support a growing enterprise, and provide clients with best-in-class support to achieve their 3D printing needs. The Astrobotic mission is set to become the first US lunar lander to soft-land on the moon since Apollo 17. Onboard, there are hundreds of 3D printed parts from the industrial AON3D M2+ 3D printer, which are poised to be the first additively manufactured end-use parts to successfully touch the moon.

AON3D funding reaches $11.5M, sets sights on PM1 Moon lander mission

The new AON3D funding enabled the company to further develop the Lunar hardware for the PM1 Moon lander to include 3D printed essential bracketry components, including fixtures within integral avionics boxes, which perform all the lander’s mission-critical command and data handling. AON3D technology also created the capsules within DHL MoonBox: a lightweight vessel used to transport space-freight payloads for private citizens. The MoonBox is designed to withstand the harsh extremes of space and keep items safe on the lunar surface. AON3D currently supplies printers for 250+ customers in 25 countries around the world, including clients like Blue Origin, NASA, and the United States Air Force.

“Our printers’ ability to 3D print the lightest and strongest end-use parts—from virtually any of the highest grade available thermoplastics—is what makes AON3D able to manufacture critical components for the most extreme use cases,” said AON3D CEO and Founder, Kevin Han. “We believe the 3D printing future is more open source and financially accessible so all businesses have access to the same hardware as top firms. That’s exactly how we modeled AON3D and constructed our AON M2+ printer. We have investors that believe in our vision, and partners like Astrobotic that place the highest trust in our hardware.”

AON3D helps businesses achieve their 3D printed needs by manufacturing 3D printers that boast the largest sub-$50k build volume—exemplified by the company’s AON M2+. The AON M2+ offers ungated access to thousands of material options—over 50x more than other leading 3D printers. With unlimited end-use printing opportunities, this makes AON3D an ideal partner for businesses of all sizes and needs—including Astrobotic’s stringent moon-lander requirements.

“There is no environment as demanding as the vacuum of space, and we need parts that can withstand the immense challenges of launch and spaceflight,” said Astrobotic Mechanical Engineer Clay Inman. “Being able to go from full-scale, economical prototypes to space-ready parts—using PEEK, PEKK, and ULTEM™ on one machine—was huge for achieving our ambitious goals. Now, we can rigorously test our parts, create custom tooling, and then go right into printing proprietary, mission-ready components with engineering-grade materials.”

“AON3D is on a mission to 3D print the future by creating solutions that positively affect more business while addressing the pain points in global manufacturing,” said SineWave Ventures General Partner Vivek Ladsariya. “With their printers’ ability to use the best available materials, the sky’s the limit for AON3D—exemplified by their 3D parts going to the moon. We look forward to watching AON3D continue to make history.”

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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