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Mcor Enhances Their Full-color 3D Printing Technology on Mcor IRIS 3D Printers

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Printed on an Mcor IRIS 3D Printer

Printed on an Mcor IRIS 3D Printer

Mcor Technologies is one of those companies within the 3D printing space that stands out from the rest. This is because they utilize a type of technology not seen anywhere else within the industry — a technology that allows them to go where no other company is capable of going.

Color 3D printing is something that has a long way to go in terms of reaching the point and quality that 2-dimensional inkjet and laser printers are capable of. This is true for every company within the 3D printing space, with the exception of Mcor Technologies. The reason? Because they use very similar technology to that of your 2D desktop printers, at least when it comes to color. Mcor 3D printers print using paper. The printer first prints colors onto standard stacked sheets of A4 business paper using its inkjet system, and then these sheets are cut and bonded together to make up a full-color 3D printed object. More information on how this process works can be seen here.

An example of a 3D printed hammer from an Mcor Iris Printer

An example of a 3D printed hammer from an Mcor Iris Printer

This process provides the end user with a 3-dimensional object that feels like wood, and looks exactly how they intend for it to. The printers are capable of of printing in over one million different colors, giving objects a realistic look that is not obtainable on any other 3D printers currently on the market today.

Mcor Iris

Mcor Iris

Today, Mcor Technologies Ltd, has announced that they are taking this color printing process one step further, in releasing enhancements for the Mcor IRIS printer. These enhancements include:

  • An increased color edge sharpness.
  • An improved color quality on objects printed with thin walls.
  • A 10 percent reduction in the use of ink.

““Our commitment is to exceed the expectations of people who experience our colour models and to make them see the real value in adding colour,” said Dr. Conor MacCormack, co-founder and CEO of Mcor Technologies Ltd. “We’ll continue to lead the industry, innovating and creating new possibilities for 3D printing in colour, which is a powerful and informative way to present 3D printed models to the world.”

Already the industry’s most affordable-to-operate 3D printer on the market, the 10 percent reduction in ink usage will even drop these costs lower for businesses looking to save money. Earlier in the year, the Mcor IRIS 3D printer became the very first within the industry to have the ability to print using an International Color Consortium (ICC) profile. This allows for the most realistic looking color printing possible with today’s technologies.

For those companies who already have the IRIS, Mcor will be releasing a software update to dealers within the next few weeks, who will then provide it to the owners of these printers. It will bring their machines up to date with these latest enhancements.

Printed on the Mcor Iris

Printed on the Mcor Iris

“The Holy Grail in 3D printing is the ability to print in full colour,” explained Oscar Pakasi, managing director and founder of MyEasy3D.com, an e-commerce platform for 3D printing services. “Many 3D printing companies claim to print in full colour but print only a limited number of colours or produce inaccurate or muddy colours. One of the great advantages of Mcor’s technology – applying ink intended for paper onto paper – is the realistic look of the models and the beauty of the result. These new improvements extend the possibilities for 3D printing among the many educational institutions, 3D printing service bureaus and companies that can benefit from colour.”

Also today, Mcor Technologies has announced that they have appointed Express Group as its reseller in the United Kingdom. The company will sell Mcor’s line of 3D printers in the UK, which include the IRIS and Matrix 300+.

“We are happy to see Express Group joining the Mcor Family.” said MacCormack. “Express Group’s extensive history in 2D printing, combined with their technical proficiency makes them the perfect choice to sell our full colour, paper based 3D printers.”

Express Group will be selling these Mcor products under their 3D printing brand name, GoPrint3D.

For those of you attending TCT + Personalize show this week in Birmingham, UK, Mcor will have their printers on display in Stand D18 of the NEC. From personal experience, I would highly recommend checking them out, if nothing else than to simply be amazed.

What do you think about Mcor’s technology? Have you seen one of these printers in action? Were you happy with the results? Discuss in the Mcor Technologies forum thread on 3DPB.com.

A 3D printed banana

A 3D printed banana

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