Paper just got cool again

photo (2) At the recent Develop3DLive Conference and Exhibition I discovered some special technology.

That of 3D printing, yes of course this is interesting, but this time, the 3D Printing technology uses that of the paper kind. Yep, that’s right, paper. Good old fashioned, sustainable, reliable, lightweight paper.

As the world goes 3D Printing mad, I guess it is almost surprising to hear of a 3D Print innovation that deploys the most ubiquitous printed substrate known to man. But one that isn't as appealing as it was back in the day when Gutenberg first thought of the printing press!

But MCOR have created something special with this technology. It has some key USP’s that make the printed output distinct from other 3D Printing technologies. Not least the fact that the printed output is clearly produced in multicolour. The ability for this product to create a strong likeness in terms of the contour of the object but also the colouring makes this a compelling product indeed. The likeness is superb, the speed of production comparable to other 3D printing processes, and the system highly innovative.

Created by Irish company MCOR, and via the brains and abilities of ex-BAE Systems engineers, the 3D paper printing technology at the event, attracted a lot of interest. Whilst it would be hard to label the 3D printing industry as ‘mature’, certainly, the capability for 3D Print production has been established for some time. But the next generation of 3D Printers look set to evolve by doing some very interesting things.

IRIS by MCOR achieves awesome vivid, multicolour 3D output

The ability to use paper also has some other benefits. Not only is the product able to print distinctly, quickly and with an uncanny likeness. It uses a sustainable media; it doesn’t use caustic chemicals and is also housed within a very compact and neat unit.

So, watch this space. We predict this technology to gain plenty of interest and good luck to the team.

Innovation like this needs to be applauded.

IRIS by MCOR in action