Prototypes so realistic, they’re stopped by airport security
The value of a 3D printed model or prototype is directly proportionate to how accurate and realistic it is – whether it be a tool or shoe prototype in preparation for manufacturing; a model of a client’s villa prior to construction; a replica of a patient’s skull in preparation for an operation; a map model to assist first responders in a natural disaster; or a 3D printed figurine of your child to capture a precious moment in time.
But just how realistic are 3D printed objects compared to the real thing? Recently, one of our sales managers was traveling with a functional hammer prototype, 3D printed in True Colour on an Mcor IRIS paper-based 3D printer. Here’s what happened…
“Last night at the airport, security removed the hammer from my case. When I said it was made of paper he could not believe it, although he did comment that only the weight told him it was not real. He sent for his supervisor – same reaction. They then started to show everyone around and began to talk about making customised tools, parts for cars, phones, was this printer that produced the hammer model really made in Ireland, and many other comments.
In the end the hammer still had to be handed in as I could not take it in my hand luggage because, ‘it looked too real; it could be used to threaten people.’
Sorry I have lost the part. I’ll need another, but if it you could send by DHL it might be safer!”
Mcor’s first family, the MacCormacks, have had several similar experiences with Mcor 3D printed models at airports, but fortunately they had checked luggage and the option to go back and place the models in the checked luggage since airport security did not permit them to bring the models on the plane in their hand luggage.
Now that’s realistic 3D printing!
Although not as disruptive as being stopped by airport security, I’ve also seen this same sort of reaction first hand from people who visit the Mcor stand/booth at tradeshows. I’ll be holding a 3D printed model of a banana for example or it’ll be sitting on top of the glass cabinet, and people genuinely say things like, “Oh, please don’t let me disturb your snack,” and, “Are these for anyone to take and eat?” Until they pick it up, and then of course, I thoroughly enjoy watching their faces as it slowly dawns on them that what they are seeing is actually a model 3D printed on an Mcor IRIS.
Because the Mcor IRIS is a professional-class 3D printer and the only 3D printer to include the global standard ICC (International Colour Consortium) colour map, the models 3D printed on the IRIS are the most realistic 3D printed models available, as well as durable, the lowest cost, safest and most eco-friendly. This also makes them the most valuable for you and your customers.
Enjoy a few more “Is it real or 3D printed?” models produced on the Mcor IRIS:
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