Personalise your personal computer motherboard with 3D printing

At a tour of of HP’s headquarters a couple of months back one interesting titbit was revealed during a demonstration of the digital printing press; HP had found that customers were willing to pay up to 10 x the price of a regular bar of chocolate simply by adding some customisation to the packaging.  

ASUS, the computing hardware company are trying to tap into the lucrative personalisation market by allowing PC DIYers to 3D print their own embellishments for the Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura motherboard. Certain positions on the board will have dedicated mounts to allow users to 3D print their own logos and nameplates to enhance the aesthetic on the board. 

If you were to draw a Venn diagram of those who like to build their own PCs and those who like to 3D print at home there is inevitably going to be some overlap so an add on as such, albeit purely for novelty over functional value, is a sensible move by ASUS. 

But ASUS aren’t just stopping there, the company has been experimenting for some time in 3D printing functional parts for the motherboards; cable covers and mounts being the most popular use cases. The company’s Edge Up blog showcases a number of functional upgrades that they themselves and fellow ASUS users have implemented using 3D printing. 

Although the bog says it is not getting carried away with the current 3D printing technology and that it “has its limitations”, the use of the technology may act as a sort of gate way to the much popularised spare parts application. It is foreseeable that ASUS could offer a sort of digital spare part library for users to 3D print their own components. Less so for electrical faults on motherboards but certainly for peripherals. 

ASUS gaming keyboards and mouses take some serious beating in the extensive hours gamers dedicate to their favourite titles. If it is a small plastic part, say a keyboard stand leg that breaks the ability to 3D print another part instead of shelling out for a completely new product would no doubt be appealing. 

This decade’s proliferation of desktop 3D printers has consistently sort a killer application, perhaps the more big name brands like ASUS that jump on-board allowing easier integration with their products the more those machines will stop collecting dust in the corner and begin whirring away.

UPair One Drone with 2K Camera,5.8G FPV Monitor Transmit Live Video,2.4G Remote Controller, GPS Auto Return Function, a key to Return, Beginners Drone

Brand name: UPair
Version: Upair One 2K

Brief Introduction:
UPair One is a quadcopter researched by GTEN Innovation Company,which equips with a built-in flight control system,a gimbal and a camera.
Despite the basic function as ascending and descending, it’s also capable of shooting,video recording, one key return,
failsafe auto return, and auto return triggered by low battery voltage.

Total Weight:1350g
Max flying distance:800m
Max video transmission distance: 500m
Max flight height:300m
Propeller:9450,match DJI Phantom3 propeller
Flying duration Full-load(1350g):18minutes;

Tips before/during a flight:
1), After receive aircraft, please carefully check all the component and accessories are included
and workable in the packaging box.
2), Before flying, pls take about 1.5 hours to charge your battery to full.
3), Pls install the propellers according the manual instruction.
4), You need to buy a TF card to put it in the camera as it is not included in our packing list.
No need to charge for camera separately as it is powered by drone.
5), Pls find a wide open area to try your first fly, we do no suggest fly it indoor.
6), Search at least 7 satellites before you unlock, also pull left-top button to forward position,
pull right-top button in the middle position, then you can fly it by GPS positioning mode.
7), If you want to try other two mode, Poshold mode, IOC mode, pls read manual instruction carefully before test it.

Packing List:
UPair One Drone body x1
Gimbal+Camera x1
Drone Battery x1
Drone battery charger x1
RC battery x1
RC battery charger x1
Remote controller+FPV Monitor x1
Propeller x2 set
User Manual x1
Quick start guide x1

Product Features

  • 7-inch LED super large screen remote controller.
  • Battery overcharging and over discharging are avoidable.
  • Special PVC composite materials used in the fuselage’s innovatively.
  • Smart battery in big capacity of 5400mAh up to 18 minutes flight time enabled.
  • U-shape anhedral design: more stable shooting and better GPS signal accessibility.

AEE Technology APCAM GPS Drone Quadcopter Aircraft System (White)

The APCAM Aircraft system hails from the Toruk AP series of Quad copter drones from AEE Technology. Dominate the landscape and take to the skies, GPS semi-autonomous flight guarantees that the drone works for you to get the perfect shot. Simply point it in the right direction and let loose your creativity in capturing dynamic video and photos from an aerial perspective. Outfitted with a sophisticated GPS receiver, barometric pressure sensor, multi-directional 3D compass, and 6-axis gyro the APCAM is capable of 3D position-hold hovering with automatic stability and fail-safe return to home mode. Be prepared for the most intuitive and user-friendly flying experience, never has it been this easy! Great for all pilot skill levels from the aspiring aerial photographer to the professional enthusiast. No drone would be complete without a HD Camera system, so the APCAM comes with an S40 Pro HD Action Camera; A GoPro camera compatible mount is also included for increased versatility. The S40 Pro is a full HD 1080P recording system that can also take 16 MP still images. The APCAM is the perfect aerial companion for your next adventure; your very own eye in the sky!

Product Features

  • 1080P Full HD Video at 30 FPS, 16MP Still Images, GPS auto stability semi-autonomous flight (Automatic position hold and hover), maximum flight range of 500 meters.
  • 10 inch propellers for maximum flight stability and maneuverability, 44 MPH maximum speed, 22 – 33 MPH cruising velocity, all weather body for light to medium rain and snow, Class 4 wind resistance rating.
  • 5300 mAh intelligent LiPo battery for up to 25 minute flying time, fail safe protocol with auto return home feature (returns to takeoff point).
  • Compatible with AEE S-Series and GoPro HERO action Cameras (S40 Pro HD Action Cam included). Mini-B USB input for hassle free firmware updates. S40 Pro Action Cam is compatible with AEE S-Series and GoPro accessories.
  • Not intended for children under 18 years of age.

MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer | Black (Certified Refurbished)

Create detailed prototypes and models measuring up to 18″ high with this MakerBot Replicator Z18 MP05950 3D printer, which features a heated chamber for optimal performance. The smart extruder produces smooth surfaces to improve your workflow.

Product Features

  • This Certified Refurbished product is manufacturer refurbished, shows limited or no wear, and includes all original accessories plus a 90-day limited hardware warranty.
  • Mobile Device Printing: Yes
  • Display Screen: Yes
  • Display Screen Size: 3.5 inches
  • Printer Type: 3D Printer

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