Dec.5, 2013

The Aurora Group, Taiwan's leading office appliance manufacturer, unveiled this week a 3D printer: the Aurora F1 for SMEs and professional designers.

Developed jointly with the state-run Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), the Aurora F1 3D printer is manufactured by automation equipment maker Contrel Technology. Set to launch in 166 Aurora stores next month, the F1 3D printer is priced at about NT$100,000 (US$3,380).

An Aurora F1 3D printer. (Photo/CNA)

The F1 3D printer uses fused deposition modeling technology and features 168X168X168mm build envelope, LCD control panel with Chinese menu, 0.1mm ~ 0.4mm print accuracy and SD card slot.

Aurora distributes printers for Sharp Corp and Hewlett-Packard Co (HP) in Taiwan, and it will continue using a business-to-business (B2B) model to sell its 3D printer, said the company. Aurora and 3D printing company Stratasys entered into an agreement in September to become the exclusive distributor of Stratasys Idea Series professional desktop 3D printers in China. With the unveiling of the F1, the company forecasts that Aurora's 3D printer sales in Taiwan and China will account for 10 percent to 15 percent of the group's total revenues in three years.

The F1 printer will be distributed later in China and overseas markets such as Japan and the United States, according to Tony Tsai, senior division manager of the company's 3D printing business department. The company plans also to launch a cloud-based service "Aurora Office Cloud" to consumers in the second half of 2014, which will allow users to upload and download 3D printable files.


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sas wrote at 12/6/2013 1:04:18 AM:

looked at the specs....... ripoff

James wrote at 12/5/2013 5:20:12 PM:

what a ripoff. lol

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