Mcor’s Surprising Prints

By on June 4th, 2012 in models


During our visit to Rapid 2012 we were able to examine Mcor’s printed object quality directly. What we found was interesting. 
First, you must know that Mcor’s process is unique in that the objects are printed not in plastic, but instead with common, everyday paper. This is very noticeable when you pick up and hold one of the prints. The “feel” of the object is unique; it’s strangely “soft”, yet rigid. The objects also have a peculiar weight that seems just right. Prints produced by other processes are, we now realize, much heavier – or much lighter. 
We also learned that Mcor is experimenting with different methods of finishing the printed paper objects. Here we see an example of coating the objects to produce a smooth surface. They’re also experimenting with treatments to make the objects much more rigid or strong. Finally, we hear they are developing a way to soften the objects to make them flexible, which could be used to print some very interesting objects involving moving parts. 

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!