ANAHEIM, CA (SIGGRAPH 2013) July 25 2013 - In the suddenly overwhelming offerings of 3D printers and dropping prices, Mcor offers a unique proposition. It makes models using paper. Ordinary copier paper. Most 3D printers use vats of chemicals, resins, polymers... and more expensive specialty materials. Not Mcor. Just grab a ream of paper and drop it in, the same paper you put in your laser, inkjet printer or copier, 8 1/2 x 11". Mcor machines have a paper tray, like a copier. No lenghty instruction, no training, no chemicals, no gloves, no funnels, no spilling, no special ordering from proprietary sources. Maybe no fumes, maybe better for the environment. Your model is created one paper sheet at a time, each sheet essentially glued to the previous one and cut with surgical precision.
Models made out of paper. How strong could they be?
Gary Fudge, Mcor Sales Director, gets that all the time. He hands me a multi-color bottle opener made by an Mcor machine. He does not hand me a beer bottle. Oh, well, it's early. Thinks wood, not paper, he says. Isn't paper wood particles? Mcor's resin bonds the paper together and makes it into wood, again? Sort of. Maybe more like an engineered wood product. Think MDF*
"Cost of models with Mcor is 1/20 to 1/5 of the cost of other 3D printers," says Gary. I think of the poor suckers who will buy cheap 3D printers only to discover the high cost of materials. Not unlike the shock of buying your first ink-jet cartridges. Or razor blades? When did they go up to over a dollar each? My razor was cheap.
Mcor sells the IRIS (for color models) and the IRIS, both use reams of paper as input, for $40K to $50K.
Mcor is the only 3D printer manufacturer that uses ordinary copier paper as material for its models.
Mcor signed a deal with Staples recently, and Staples will be using Mcor in its stores. Is that not a perfect symbiotic relationship?
More information at http://www.mcortechnologies.com/
*medium density fiber board, used in construction and furniture