Aug 23, 2016 Written by: MasterC

3D-Printing & Aura RGB Lighting: Ultimate Customization at gamescom

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Over the past decade we have eliminated the monotonous beige boxes which were once (would you believe it) ubiquitous. People don't want their latest gear for global domination to look boring and the same as everyone else, and even if you only want something to watch YouTube and play Texas Hold'em you still want do it in style. 


Everyday, someone, somewhere in the world has completed a PC build. Whether it's a nice, clean-looking build, a case mod or a scratch mod in the shape of a Pokemon, there was a plan and you can bet aesthetics came into play. Ultimately whatever you envisioned, compromises needed to be made and it won't look exactly how you wanted, whether it's due to cost, availability, technical knowhow or time. For cost and availability - ROG holds plenty of competitions and giveaways, plus now ROG is focused on helping you get over the other hurdles so you can own the PC you've been dreaming of. Welcome to the new world of personalized PCs.



For the ultimate in PC customization, ROG is employing the versatility of 3D-printing and beauty of Aura RGB lighting. Almost anything is possible and here is an example from Alexander Hede (aka Ace_Finland), aptly named ROG 3DMod

Customized parts are usually created by those who are skilled in working with acrylics, metal, wood or other materials. By using 3D-printing, Ace_Finland saved a lot of time and achieved the results he wanted. You can choose what type of 3D-printed parts to use - FDM technology using mainstream home 3D printers for convenience and lower cost, or SLA technology for hardcore enthusiasts who want professional quality.

The 3D-printed parts include the motherboard nameplate, cover for the VRM heatsink, a cable management cover, graphics card shroud, radiator fan shroud, and the 10th Anniversary front panel with Aura RGB lighting - synchronized with the ROG Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard and the ROG Strix GTX 1080 graphics card. 

You can find out more about 3D-printing technologies and see more possibilites demonstrated at COMPUTEX 2016 here. There are already free downloadable designs you can use to print yourself.


Z170 Pro Gaming Aura

Here is the world's first 3D-printing-friendly motherboard with patent-pending mounting design. The 3D-printed parts used on the ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura show that designs aren't always about aesthetics, you can find ways to overcome heat issues for example. Since M.2 SSDs can get rather warm, why not design a dedicated fan holder for it? While you're at it, you might as well print off an I/O cover and a custom cable cover to make sure no cables are visible whatsoever! 


Redesign or Invent Your Own PC Components

It's your chance to design a motherboard or graphics card, how do you like the customized shroud and 3-way SLI bridge? We can't wait to see your design skills or innovative creations, and it'll be exciting to build a nice collection of designs for all enthusiasts to share. Please bear in mind, the following designs are concepts only for now. 


Here is a what the Blass brothers printed for their mesmerizing ROG Certified H-Tower mod, the custom-made SLI bridge and PCH cover are the perfect finish touches.


3D-Printed Cable Comb

3D-printed parts isn't exclusive to just PC components but peripherals and accessories. Check out this sweet 3D-printed ROG cable comb!


ROG Claymore

Perhaps you've once thought "this keyboard would be perfect if...", well it's time you made it perfect. Imagine a keyboard with personalized keycaps, keycap remover, dust cover and have your in-game alias imprinted. Your dream can come true with this modified ROG Claymore.




ROG Spatha

Everybody's hand is different, and gamers use different grips to hold a mouse. Would a mouse with custom grip improve your game? Probably.

The ring finger rest on the ROG Spatha was modified with a narrower design to accomodate those using more of a fingertip style grip. 


Aura RGB Synchronization

There's no doubt lighting in PCs makes a huge impact, and ROG was the first in implementing the onboard RGB headers on motherboards. This way you can easily add RGB lighting strips by simply plugging them in (without purchasing a separate controller) and placing the strip wherever you like - whether inside or outside of the case. This also allows you to control the lighting via the Aura software, instead of going inside the case or using a separate remote everytime you're in a different mood. 


Now ROG is growing the portfolio of compatible products which offer synchronized lighting effects, so your system doesn't look like it's having meltdown with chaotic flashes everywhere. Here is the list of compatible ROG products which will sync with each other:

Aura Sync

Hopefully in the not-too-distant future, we'll be playing all games like this:


Hit the PR button below for more info.

Press Release

ASUS ROG Showcases the Latest Aura-Enabled Components and Innovative
3D-Printed Parts at Gamescom

ROG 3DMod build, Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura motherboard, ROG Strix 1080 graphics card and other ROG peripherals get a range of 3D-printed accessories



  • Synchronized Aura RGB lighting and 3D-printed accessories for PC components and peripherals provide personalization options with enhanced functionality
  • ROG 3DMod build provides a glimpse of the customization possibilities offered by synchronized Aura lighting and professional-grade 3D-printed parts
  • Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura motherboard gets new 3D-printed parts including an M.2 fan holder, and cable and motherboard I/O covers.
  • Additional 3D-printed parts include a SLI-bridge cover, cable combs, and conceptual 3D-printed designs for ROG Claymore and ROG Spatha


Taipei, Taiwan (23rd August, 2016) — ASUS today announced the latest synchronized Aura RGB lighting technology and 3D-printed parts for PC components and peripherals. These are designed to give gamers new and exciting customization options, allowing them to express their personal style while at the same time enhancing their PC’s aesthetics, performance and functionality. Aura features nine programmable RGB LED effects that can be synchronized between the motherboard and graphics cards. The latest 3D-printed parts include personalized nameplates, cable combs, an M.2 fan holder, and covers for the motherboard I/O, cables and the SLI-bridge. There are also several conceptual 3D-printed parts and accessories for the ROG Claymore gaming keyboard and ROG Spatha gaming mouse.


Unlimited PC customization possibilities

Visitors to the ROG booth at the recent Gamescom were shown ROG 3DMod — a Join the Aura Republic water-cooled build created by Alexander Hede, who is better known as Ace Finland in the modding community. His build gives gamers and modders a preview of what a professional can do with Aura RGB lighting and 3D-printed parts.

Mainstream gamers can start with simple 3D-printed nameplates, and other practical designs to improve the look or functionality of their build. These range from an M.2 fan holder or motherboard I/O and cable covers for the Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura motherboard, and an SLI-bridge cover and cable combs for the ROG Strix 1080 graphic card. .


ROG 3DMod – Join the Aura Republic

The ROG 3DMod is a water-cooled build that features Aura RGB lighting and 3D-printed parts. It has nine programmable lighting effects that can be synchronized across its ROG Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard, ROG Strix 1080 graphics card and attached RGB light strips. These LED effects can be seen from outside the chassis case, thanks to a 3D-printed front panel with grilles and a ROG 10th anniversary logo.

The build also features a cable cover on the motherboard and 3D-printed fan shrouds for its water-cooled radiator and graphics card. The fan shrouds protect the radiator cooling fans without compromising airflow and performance.


ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura motherboard

The 3D-printing-friendly ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura motherboard gets a 3D-printed M.2 fan holder, and cable and motherboard I/O covers. The fan holder helps secure a 40 by 40mm fan to cool the area around the M.2 interface, the cable cover keeps internal cabling tidy and neat, while the I/O cover provides a customized look to the motherboard. These additions give the motherboard a new look and additional functionality. Together with the 3D-printed M.2 nameplates and protective armor launched earlier this year, they give users more customization options.


SLI bridge cover and cable combs

The 3D-printed SLI-bridge cover helps improve the look of multi-GPU setups. The sample displayed at Gamescom has a design that works well with ROG Strix 1080 graphics cards, but it can be customized for more personalized designs. Cable combs help keep internal 24-pin power supply cables neat and organized.


ROG peripherals: ROG Claymore and ROG Spatha

3D-printed design concepts for some ROG peripherals were also on display. The ROG Claymore mechanical gaming keyboard gets 3D-printed protective covers for the side panels, a dust cover for the numeric keypad, signature ROG keycaps and a ROG keycap puller.

A 3D-printed right-side-panel for the ROG Spatha gaming mouse was also on show for users looking for a more tailored grip. This new modular panel has a narrow design that is suited for gamers with a fingertip-style grip. The original panel is designed for a wider grip and offers a ring finger rest.

ASUS intends to release a variety of 3D source files on the ROG forum. These include customizable nameplates, an M.2 fan holder and SLI-bridge cover to make it easy for users to create expressive builds with enhanced functionality. Hobbyists can download these designs and integrate them seamlessly into their own gaming rig builds.



Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.



About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,368 awards in 2015 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC. ASUS has more than 17,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of over 5,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2015 was approximately US$14 billion.

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