IRIS details coming soon.
Matrix 300+ Technical Questions
What are your preferred table specifications?
Our preferred table specifications would be:
- Steel box section construction (50mm x 50mm x 3mm thick)
- Smooth countertop material (30-50mm thick MDF, veneered)
- Tabletop height approx 800mm
- 4 Lockable casters: Wheel diameter at least 100mm
- Rated to take 250kg (the Matrix 300+ is 160kg)
What is the precision of the X & Y axis?
The precision in the X & Y axis is 0.05mm (0.0019in). For example if making a vertical surface; the position of the blade on each subsequent layer is repeatable to 0.05mm (0.0019in).
What is the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
The total cost of ownership (TCO) offers a final statement reflecting not only the cost of purchase but all aspects in the further use including materials and maintenance of the machine.
For example: Regardless of the initial capital price point of the various machines, the maximum build (6.5litres or 220oz) of the Matrix 300+ costs under €94.00 to build assuming 100% utilisation, while a competitor having a cost per CC of €0.6 would be €3,900.00 for 6.5litres. Any differential saved on the capital price of the machine is quickly lost.
What is the cost per CC of the Mcor Matrix 300+?
The cost per CC for the Matrix 300+ can be as low as €0.01, assuming 100% utilisation
Do you use a blade or laser?
In an attempt to reduce the capital cost of the machine it was decided at the conceptual stage to use blade technology instead of lasers. The Mcor Matrix 300+ utilizes a cemented Tungsten Carbide blade in a drag blade arrangement.
What are your consumables?
The consumable can be broken down into paper, adhesive and blade. Paper: We developed the Matrix 300+ to use the lowest cost paper classified as 80gsm (gsm = gram per square metre) or 20lb in the US. This paper is supplied by you, the user, so the cheaper you can buy, the lower the part cost.
Adhesive: the Matrix 300+ uses a eco-friendly water based adhesive. This adhesive can be ordered by calling Mcor directly.
Blade: the blade is made from cemented tungsten carbide. The blades are supplied by Mcor Technologies. The blades can be purchased by calling Mcor directly.
How is the adhesive applied?
The Matrix 300+ has a patented adhesive dispensing system that deposits very small dots of adhesive onto the paper substrate. It applies the adhesive selectively, depositing higher density on the part cross sections and lower on the waste. This enables easy weeding of waste material.
What kind of post processing is required?
Parts straight from the machine, and after the weeding process do not require post processing. However, if desired, parts can be post processed in a number of ways, including hardened using a cyanoacrylate adhesive, sanded and painted.
Can you make colour parts?
Obviously as long as the paper conforms to the same properties as standard office paper, any colour can be achieved by changing the paper colour on a Matrix 300+. The Mcor IRIS prints in full, photo-realistic colour.
Are there any issues for the disposal of waste material?
The waste and support material can be quickly and easily removed to expose the finished part inside. This excess material is partially bonded together by our patented selective adhesive dispensing system. However because the adhesive is an eco-friendly water based adhesive, no special waste disposal procedures are required.
What do the parts feel like?
The finished parts have a pleasing tactile characteristic due to the very smooth surface finish directly from the machine, thin walled structures are flexible and solid parts have a wood like property.
Is the machine standalone or do we need a separate computer to run it?
The machine does need to be connected to a pc at all times
Are there any special requirements for the Matrix 300+ in terms of extract / ventilation?
There is no extraction/ventilation required but the machine works best in a humidity range between 30% and 70%
What are the minimum requirements?
- Standard PC*
- Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7
- Minimum Speed: 1GHz
- Minimum Memory: 8GB
- Minimum Hard Drive: 100GB
- Dedicated ethernet cards on the PC connected directly to printer at all times. Speed 10/100 or greater. (Note if the PC needs to be on a network at the same time it will need a second network card)
- Cross over cable – supplied with machine
- Power Requirement: 350W, 240v, 50Hz or 120 v 60Hz
- Temperature range (10 – 25 Deg C)
- Relative Humidity range (30% – 70%)
- Table capable of supporting 160Kg with lockable wheels. This facilitates the movement of the machine to provide access to the back for essential maintenance if necessary.
- Suitable ceiling height to enable door to open fully. Typically sitting on a 800mm high table, 2.4m ceiling height
* Note this is a minimum requirement – the higher the specification the better.
What is the Z – Axis Resolution?
The Z Axis has a resolution of 0.1mm (0.004in). The Matrix 300+ has the capability of running two thicknesses of paper. In Europe they are 80gsm and 160gsm. The 160gsm is approximately twice the thickness of the 80gsm paper. Therefore the z-resolution goes from 0.1mm (0.004in) to 0.2mm (0.008in). Although there is a trade off in z-resolution, the build time is halved!