Free 3D Printers!

By on October 5th, 2011 in Corporate


We wrote about a mysterious program from MCOR in which they hinted they’d be giving away 3D printers at no charge. Certainly this deserves some investigation, and it turns out it’s actually true! MCOR now no longer sells their paper-fuelled 3D printers. Instead they simply give them away!
But there’s a catch, of course. You must sign up for one of their service plans, the least expensive being under £10K (USD$15,500) per year. That’s right – per year. What do you get for this annual fee? Unlimited 3D printing. MCOR will resupply you with consumables in an “all you can eat” fashion. We’re seeking more details on the programs now. 
This is a business model not yet seen in the 3D print industry, but there are programs like it for 2D printing that seem to work for many companies. Will it work in 3D printing? We’ll find out.  

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!


  1. Thanks, Deirdre, for the clarification–the wording is rather ambiguous in the email; the phrase 'not for resale' appears to refer to 'unlimited number of parts for in house use' instead of 'consumables' which makes more sense. Maybe an American English vs. UK English issue…

  2. I am looking for clarification on this, but a recent email from Mcor suggests that the all-you-can-eat plans may prohibit sale of the resulting printed parts…this may cool the enthusiasm for this offer if turns out to be correct.

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