President Obama Labels 3D Printing “Revolutionary,” Calls for Incubators: But What Will it Take to Get There?
Last night, during his State of the Union Speech, US President Barak Obama highlighted 3D printing as “revolutionary,” calling for a network of manufacturing hubs, or incubators, where US business can collaborate, innovate and receive support using 3D printing technologies.
Of course 3D printing isn’t new and those of us working in this industry have known its ground-breaking potential for years. But the fact that it was highlighted during such a prominent speech is revolutionary in and of itself, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!
President Obama’s idea of making 3D printing more accessible to businesses is very familiar to those of us at Mcor. That philosophy echoes the vision of Mcor and the very reason why the Mcor CEO, Dr. Conor MacCormack and his brother, Mcor CTO, Fintan MacCormack, invented paper 3D printing and co-founded the company.
It goes without saying that, in order to deliver on true accessibility, the hubs or incubators President Obama spoke of – where people from different backgrounds and sectors can gather in an open office space to learn more about, collaborate, and use 3D printing, must have very low-cost, safe, easy-to-use, and eco-friendly 3D printers.
In an interview that was published earlier this week in 3D Printing Industry, Dr. MacCormack discussed making 3D printing more accessible to everyone, across sectors, geographies and job functions.
“3D Printing is revolutionary and I never get tired of explaining what a 3D Printer can do and it’s even better when you tell them they can do it with regular office paper! This is in fact beyond their expectations! We get the WOW factor every time.Our whole goal here is to fulfill these expectations as much as possible by providing a technology that makes 3D printing as easy as printing on paper! And I believe Mcor is the company best equipped to do this with our paper 3D printer products and with our clearly defined road map of patentable products coming down the line in the near future!
For home 3D printing I predict paper to be a much more suitable material than melted plastic or powder. And for broader adoption this technology needs to be low cost, eco and full colour and through our partnership with Staples we can make this technology accessible to everyone and this will really turn the hype into reality!
In general I believe we are at the start of an exponential growth in the 3D printing industry and people will look back on this time in history and see it as the start of a new 3D age. In the next 5 years we will see further blending of the open source and commercial equivalents, a plateau in the DIY community for building machines in the home and increase in bureau services and walk-in off the street 3D print shops like Staples that will really bring 3D printing to the masses.
For Mcor we believe we will change how people design, innovate and communicate – transporting ideas into reality in schools, offices, universities, outer space…….. My vision is to develop the machine that will change the world we live in – just watch this space!”
The full interview with Dr. MacCormack in 3D Printing Industry can be found here: http://3dprintingindustry.com/2013/02/12/executive-interview-series-conor-maccormick/