17 Jan 2016 |
World innovation news |
Materials & Manufacturing
An Ink and Paper 3D Printer for the office!
According to Dr. Conor McCormack, Mcor company co-founder and CEO, a 3D printer must meet five requirements to be used by consumers at the office, in classrooms or at home. It must be:
- Low running costs
- Fair price
For Dr. McCormack, the new Mcor ARKe paper 3D printer meet all those requirements. This new paper 3D printer was presented at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) at Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, January 6th, 2016.
Low running costs
This paper 3D printer materials do not use plastic to make 3D prints (plastics are sometimes toxic), but roll paper, ink as an ink jet printer (interchangeable cartridges) and glue. The Mcor Iris industrial 3D printer, (the “sister” of the Mcor ARKe paper 3D printer) print products at 20% lower cost than 3D printers using plastic as raw material. The Mcor ARKe paper 3D printer should have equivalent or lower cost.
This paper 3D printer uses ink cartridges to create the required colors to print on the paper. According to Mcor company, Mcor ARKe paper 3D printer is the only 3D printer meeting the International Color Consortium (ICC) standard to ensure accurate color reproduction. The resolution is 4800 x 2400 DPI for the X and Y axes and 254 for the Z axis (up to 508 for the Z axis with 50GSM paper). The accuracy for axes X, Y and Z is 0.1 mm (0.0039 inch).
- No harmful particle emissions, toxic chemicals or special facility requirements
- Green process and recyclable materials
- Adaptive Build minimizes the amount of material used
It uses paper rolls to eliminate the risk of paper sheets jammed in the printer.
It will be sold in 2016 second quarter at 5 995 US$.
Other technical specifications
- Build size: 240 mm x 205 mm x 125 mm (9.5 in x 8 in x 4.9 in)
- Weighs 50 kg (110 lbs) so it can sit on a desk
- Works with Mac and PC systems
- Manufactures solid or flexible 3D parts depending on the chosen finish (see video below)
For more information, please find below the presentation of the Mcor ARKe paper 3D printer made by Conor MacCormack at CES 2016.