Mcor Matrix 3D Paper Printer

The Mcor Technologies Matrix printer outputs three-dimensional objects using regular paper.


(Mcor Matrix 3D printer uses regular paper)

The Mcor Matrix printer selectively deposits glue between paper layers. A blade cuts out the part profile; the vertical resolution is determined by paper thickness. Here's a picture of some 3D output.


(Mcor Technologies 3D printer sample output)

The Mcor Matrix is the only 3D printer in the world that can use ordinary/used A4 paper to make 3D objects. This key technology breakthrough shatters the industry’s cost barrier to universal access to 3D printing. Infact, the operating costs of using the Mcor Matrix is up to 50 times less expensive than competitors’ current technologies.

Mcor CEO, Dr Conor MacCormack believes a lower total cost of ownership will expand the market further and accelerate adoption into smaller companies in the area of engineering, design, and architecture and will reach out to every student in these disciplines. "Right now 3D printers are jewels not tool," he says. The matrix will put multiple parts into multiple hands.

Models straight out of the Mcor Matrix have the appearance of a wood-carving and are – tough, durable and eco-friendly TM. The final models can be treated to give them a smooth, shiny finish and increases the life of the part, making it even more durable.

Fans of sf author William Gibson may recall the nanofax from All Tomorrow's Parties. An organic approach to the problem of reproducing three-dimensional objects is presented by Philip K. Dick in his story Pay for the Printer; see the entry for Biltong life forms.

On the concrete platform, in front of the dying Biltong, lay a heap of original to be duplicated. Beside them, a few prints had been commenced, unformed balls of black ash mixed with the moisture of the Biltong's body, the juice from which it laboriously constructed its prints.

Printing in three dimensions is sometimes called "rapid prototyping;" find out more in these related stories:

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