SAN DIEGO, CA (SolidWorks World 2014) - If the booming market of 3D printers was confined the show floor, Mcor Technologies would be a runaway hit. I meet up with Mcor cofounder1 Conor MacCormack at the tail end of 3 days of exhibits. Immaculate in a suit, flanked by colleagues in their signature orange uniforms, the indefatigueable Conor is once again on point, convincing, persuasive and knowledgeable It may be the hundredth time this show he's told how Mcor's 3D printer is superior to market leaders 3D Systems and Stratasys. His machine is greener, the parts emerge with more and better colors, they are more accurate.. but Conor delivers as if I was the first editor he's pitched to.
Readers of this blog know Mcor and how it is unique in using paper as raw material. Ordinary copier paper goes in. 3D parts come out. So green compared to plastics and solvents used by competors. In addition, using paper allows the use of ink-jet technology on paper, a time-proven way to achieve a multitude of colors and shades. Other 3D printer companies still brag about adding a 2nd color but most 3D printed parts are done in one color. How realistic is that?
Mcor has patented inks that permeate the paper. The part can have internal color, any color. That's good for making part assemblies all in one shot -- and just about anything else. What doesn't have color, inside and out, in real life? Think of medical applications, anatomical models...
The color is not nailed down just yet. In the most critical application you could imagine (3D selfies) your skin is... well, maybe not exactly the way you want your skin to appear. A little off color, maybe a bit blotchy. But Mcor is still way ahead in the game. And this story is just building. Mcor is working with a leading authority for even better color fidelity.
Mcor has been nominated by 3 TenLinks Judges for Best of Show SolidWorks World 2014
||"Mcor's 3D printer uses paper and regular ink. The price of the printer is high, with a base price of $25k, but you save on the back end using regular paper and ink. It eliminates the need for the caustic lye bath. It prints in full color. You can recycle the models when you are done. The size of the models which can be created are comparable to what you can get out of a Stratasys system. Paper jams would be easier to manage than dealing with typical 3D printer materials. Mcor units will relatively easier and cheaper to run and maintain. "|
|Mcor was the most innovative at SolidWorks World. Some people like Mcor because it’s green. Some people like Mcor because it’s David going against the Goliaths in the 3D printer industry. Some people like Mcor because it’s disrupting the industry. I like Mcor because it produces inexpensive, lightweight parts with great mechanical properties in full color. I see this becoming a favorite among maker shops popping up around the country. I also see their system EASILY going into new specialized materials (like composites). "|
|"Paper goes in and 3D parts come out -- with the strength of wood! And while other 3D printers brag about two or more colors, Mcor with its patented inks and color ink jet heads with paper, provides the most colors and shades. Stick with Mcor for the next level of realism and parts as close to environmentally safe as you can get."|
- Mcor 3D Printing - Paper Goes In, Strong Cheap Models Come Out - Roopinder Tara, CAD Insider, Aug 9, 2013
- Mcor site
- TenLinks Best of Show coverage