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Aurora Labs goes public and delves into 3D printing in agriculture

by • August 17, 2016 • No Comments


After initially releasing competitively low cost 3D printing equipment and and so teasing audiences with a futurely larger printing process which wold use novel technologies, Aurora Labs is now suggesting which their printing equipment may have practical applications in the agriculture industry. Coupled with the latest news of the company’s listing on the ASX on Tuesday morning, Aurora Labs appears to be accelerating towards a dominating position in their field.

Private to public means wider applications

Perth-based Aurora Labs raised an astounding $2.8 million through an IPO, opened at 54 cents on its initially day of trading and closed at 70 cents. The startup’s jump of the private to public sector means big opportunities on the horizon. Specifically, in industry applications they propose which their metal 3D printing equipment may contribute agriculture players the opportunity to print parts on demand when the donate chain is limited – as it frequently is in the rural and remote areas where many agribusiness takes place.

Below is a video in which University of Western Australia student Samuel Peasly gives a effortless walkthrough of how to use the university’s onsite 3D metal printing device. “It’s not too complex to use,” said Peasly as he gave the demonstration.

According to a new interview with University of Western Australia professor Tim Sercombe, who has been working closely with Aurora Labs as they create their printing equipment, “The skill set which farmers have in the machinery and the mechanical side of things can lend itself quite nicely to operate the [Aurora Labs] machine.” As seen in the demonstration video, the learning curve for these kinds of machines is not quite high, enabling for effortless application for those who possess minimal skills in the area.

Can this solve key issues in the industry?

Aurora Labs’ printing equipment have the skill to print via DED (directed energy deposition) processes with metals such as aluminum, titanium and stainless steel. As metals are readily accessible, this can futurely solve key logistic issues in the agricultural sector, giving farmers the opportunity to directly take control of their own donate chain when necessary.

Additionally, the implications of Aurora Labs’ printing equipment in agribusiness go actually additional when one considers what this means for food security. Once farmers are guaranteed a way to encertain the stskill of their business, food markets may be granted the future to provide sustainable food sources on a global scale. If this is the case, we will be certain to store tabs on how Aurora Labs plans to additional implement their machines into the agriculture industry.

Featured Image courtesy of Tyne Logan for ABC Rural



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