Paper 3D Printing – It’s Not Your Daddy’s LOM
We’re fresh off a series of recent industry events, including TCTLive and the 3DPrintShow just last week. We were absolutely thrilled at the constant throng of stand visitors who wanted to see a demonstration of our 3D printing technology and to hold and examine Mcor 3D printed models.
The look on visitors’ faces when we told them that the 3D printed prototypes they held were made out of paper was just priceless!
This Mcor stand visitor couldn’t believe the 3D models were 3D printed with paper!
“You have definitely won the award for the coolest machine at the show.”
“Seeing your machine made this show worthwhile.”
“My friend has just been to the show and told me I need to come to the show to see your machine.”
(Real quotes from stand visitors!)
Paper 3D Printed models have a pleasing and tactile finish and if treated can actually look and feel like plastic, but they cost 5X less to print. And, they’re professional quality and durable. In a previous blog, I wrote that when I received my first batch of Mcor 3D printed models, I actually tried to break them by dropping them and throwing them around the room, yet they remained steadfastly intact.
We met a few people who are familiar with various 3D printing technologies and had mistakenly associated Mcor’s Paper 3D Printing technology with Helysis’ old Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM) technology from many years ago. If you’re not familiar with that technology, according to Wikipedia, “In it (LOM), layers of adhesive-coated paper…laminates are successively glued together and cut to shape with a…laser cutter.“ Since the extra, non-prototype, support material in the old LOM process was glued too, this made excavating and post-processing prototypes extremely difficult. In addition, machine part replacement costs were very expensive. Solido used laminated plastic in the same manner, however the plastic was not only expensive, the user was confronted with an enormous amount of wasted, costly plastic build material in the support block surrounding the prototype, which was also difficult to excavate.
But, much to our stand visitors’ delight, Mcor’s Paper 3D Printing technology is different.
In the same way that many other 3D printing technologies have greatly evolved from their early implementations, so too has Paper 3D Printing. Our technology uses a tungsten carbide blade (instead of an expensive laser) to cut each layer of regular A4 or letter sized paper available from any office supply store (not sticky paper), and applies water-based adhesive only where it’s needed. So post processing is very quick and easy, and the process is the lowest cost and most eco-friendly in the industry. And, Mcor parts don’t require infiltration. The video below shows how easy it is to post-process an Mcor Paper 3D Printed prototype.
The New Landscape of Paper 3D Printing
Mcor is even taking Paper 3D Printing technology one step further. According to additive3d.com,“Mcor is expected to introduce a machine called the Iris with full color capability in late 2012. This has a good chance of competing strongly with the full color three-dimensional printing technology from 3D Systems which that company acquired in its purchase of Z Corporation.“
The new landscape of Paper 3D Printing
So, if you haven’t seen Mcor’s new Paper 3D Printing technology recently, be sure to see it for yourself first hand, and prepare to be WOWED!