Mcor Technologies http://mcortechnologies.com/ 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:00:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Who Says Education Isn’t Fun? http://mcortechnologies.com/who-says-education-isnt-fun/ http://mcortechnologies.com/who-says-education-isnt-fun/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:00:15 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27452 In the area of education, there is plenty of opportunity to implement 3D printing across every topic, discipline and subject for students of all ages and backgrounds. In particular, 3D printing is very useful in the areas of architecture/interior design, mathematics, geospatial, history and fine arts. It really enriches the learning process and encourages students […]

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In the area of education, there is plenty of opportunity to implement 3D printing across every topic, discipline and subject for students of all ages and backgrounds. In particular, 3D printing is very useful in the areas of architecture/interior design, mathematics, geospatial, history and fine arts. It really enriches the learning process and encourages students to “think outside the box” and discover new ways of transforming their ideas into physical models.

The whole world of education has changed, even since I started school some 20 years ago! Now, teachers must constantly think of new ways to keep their students engaged, especially in a world of short attention spans. They need to spice up their lesson plans and what better way to do this than introduce a 3D printer into the classroom!

Mathematics can be made easy for everyone by using 3D models to represent various concepts. Take the Pythagorean Theorem for example: a² + b² = c² (the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the two other sides). Take this theorem and put it into 3D. It becomes a lot easier to understand. This is a very useful physical aid as it can help students who have trouble visualising the concept of this theorem.

What about fractions? When presented on a whiteboard in the front of a class of students, fractions are a relatively simple concept to understand. But what if you could make it even easier for students to understand this concept? That’s where Mcor’s 3D printing technology comes in! We can 3D print a “fractions pie” where you can easily add and remove the pieces to represent one third, one fifth of the pie, etc.

It could be argued that there are areas in geography that may be difficult to understand without seeing a visual representation, for example oxbow lakes:

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Here, we can see how oxbow lakes are formed by interchanging the sections of the river on the 3D model. A perfect example of how 3D printing can help students identify geographical phenomena.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to producing 3D models for use in the classroom. So, when planning your next lesson, why not think of ways to communicate better with your students? Ask yourself “Are there any concepts that could be explained to students better if printed in 3D?” and then turn to Mcor 3D printers – the best investment you can make for your classroom!

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Capturing the universe in 3D http://mcortechnologies.com/capturing-the-universe-in-3d/ http://mcortechnologies.com/capturing-the-universe-in-3d/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:09:15 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27442 Mcor’s February Model of the Month In recent years, it has become clear that 3D printing is totally changing the way students learn. A lot of students learn by holding an object in their hands and examining it so why not make learning tangible? 3D printing is an excellent way of enhancing learning in the […]

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Mcor’s February Model of the Month

In recent years, it has become clear that 3D printing is totally changing the way students learn. A lot of students learn by holding an object in their hands and examining it so why not make learning tangible? 3D printing is an excellent way of enhancing learning in the classroom. Some of the most innovative higher-education programmes in the United States are using 3D learning to prepare students for the workforce. Similarly, in Ireland, we are starting to see 3D printers being introduced in third-level institutions and in high schools as decision-makers become more informed and aware of this amazing concept.

How can 3D printing bring value to the classroom scenario? Here at Mcor, we have brainstormed a few ideas for teachable objects, i.e. tangible objects that can be used to demonstrate or explain a concept to students, to make education more fun, one of which is our February Model of the Month – a 3D printed solar system. The orbit of the planets in our solar system is depicted above with markers to represent the position on 3 key dates: January 1st 2015 (as seen in the cutaways), the summer solstice (red column) and the winter solstice (blue cones). Using this model, teachers can explain the movements of the planets around the sun and the position of the earth at various times of the calendar year. This model is very intricate and showcases the ability of Mcor 3D printers to print complex objects in full colour and with great detail and makes for a very good teachable object.

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Mcor to Showcase Award Winning Desktop 3D Printer at SOLIDWORKS World 2016 http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-to-showcase-award-winning-desktop-3d-printer-at-solidworks-world-2016/ http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-to-showcase-award-winning-desktop-3d-printer-at-solidworks-world-2016/#respond Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:25:14 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27417 Mcor ARKe, the world’s first full-color, desktop 3D printer available for demos to conference attendees DUNLEER, IRELAND, Jan. 25, 2016 – Mcor, the leader in industrial full-color 3D printing, announced today that it will demonstrate its newly launched full-color, desktop 3D printer, Mcor ARKe at SOLIDWORKS World in Dallas, Texas from Jan. 31 to Feb. […]

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Mcor ARKe, the world’s first full-color, desktop 3D printer available for demos to conference attendees

DUNLEER, IRELAND, Jan. 25, 2016 – Mcor, the leader in industrial full-color 3D printing, announced today that it will demonstrate its newly launched full-color, desktop 3D printer, Mcor ARKe at SOLIDWORKS World in Dallas, Texas from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, 2016. Attendees can see Mcor ARKe in action at the company’s booth, #609.

Recently launched at CES 2016, the award-winning Mcor ARKe offers full colour 3D printing on the desktop that is also low cost to run, professional quality and eco-friendly. Mcor ARKe has a customizable skin and comes with the Mcor app which allows you to control your printers from the palm of your hand, making it the perfect option for creative professionals and educators.

“We have a bold goal – to put a 3D printer in every office, classroom, and eventually every home, and Mcor ARKe will help achieve this aspiration,” said Dr. Conor MacCormack, co-founder and CEO of Mcor Technologies. “A defining launch for our company, the Mcor ARKe will help designers and engineers alike bring their creative visions to life.”

For almost two decades, SOLIDWORKS World has been the premier annual training and networking event for the SolidWorks user community.

 What:

Demonstrations and tutorials of the Mcor ARKE, the award-winning desktop, paper-based, full-color 3D printer at booth #609.

When:

Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, 2016

Where:

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX

For more information about Mcor, please visit: www.mcortechnologies.com

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About Mcor
Mcor Technologies Ltd is an innovative manufacturer of the world’s most affordable, full-color premium 3D printers. Established in 2005 with a talented team of specialists in the area of 3D printing hardware and software, Mcor’s vision is to make 3D printing more accessible to everyone. The company operates internationally from offices in Ireland, the UK, America and APAC.

 

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For more information, contact:

Deirdre MacCormack
Mcor Technologies Ltd
Tel: + 353 (0) 41 6862800
deirdre@mcortechnologies.com
Emily Wienberg
SHIFT Communications
Tel: + 1 617 779 1815
mcor@shiftcomm.com

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Taking a Closer Look at Mcor ARKe – Part 2 http://mcortechnologies.com/taking-a-closer-look-at-mcor-arke-part-2/ http://mcortechnologies.com/taking-a-closer-look-at-mcor-arke-part-2/#respond Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:18:53 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27413 Last week we started to take a closer look at the Mcor ARKe – this blog continues this journey through the ARKe’s features – High Res Touchscreen The high res touchscreen offers some cool features – you can view thumbnails on touchscreen, load jobs and download from the cloud. From here, you can also pause […]

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Last week we started to take a closer look at the Mcor ARKe – this blog continues this journey through the ARKe’s features –

  • High Res Touchscreen

The high res touchscreen offers some cool features – you can view thumbnails on touchscreen, load jobs and download from the cloud. From here, you can also pause and restart a jobs – believe it or not none of the other printers can do this!

Hi Res Touchscreen
  • Progress Bar

In our teaser campaign prior to our launch at CES we featured something from the popular TV show ‘Knight Rider’ – KITT’s (the artificially intelligent car) scan bar called the Anamorphic Equalizer. This was a hint to the progress bar on the Mcor ARKe  – not just a colourful feature, it is functional too! This progress bar indicates the progress of a build in the printer – so if you are at the back of a classroom or studio you can easily see how far along the printer is with the build. This is also useful if you have a farm of our printers – instead of checking each one individually you can see the progress of each one at a glance. This bar also indicates if the printer needs assistance e.g. add more glue etc.

 

  • New Adhesive Deposition System

Mcor ARKe has a brand new adhesive deposition mechanism so we are no longer limited to straight lines, instead we can follow any contour that we need. Therefore we can make more complex waste patterns, we can place more adhesive on thin walled structures and so ultimately we can print more complex shapes.

 

This feature combined with our adaptive build increases the speed of the printer to 4 times faster than the IRIS, printing up to 10 – 12mm per hour in the z-axis.

 

  • Customisable Skins

One of my favourite features is the customisable skin of the printer – I may have had something to do with this!!

 

3D printing is all about ‘customisation’ but the most ‘uncustomisable’ part of a 3D printer is the printer itself – as I am sure you will have noticed – they all look pretty much the same.

 

We thought “Hey, should this printer not be customisable – reflect the owner’s style?”

The printer should be aesthetically pleasing and be proudly displayed in your office, studio or classroom, not hidden in the basement or in a backroom lab. So was born the customisable skin –  at the launch we showcased woodgrain, brushed steel, carbon fibre white and carbon fibre black. In time we would like to increase the range and provide a limited edition line perhaps and the option to customise entirely!

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All in all, we are very excited about the Mcor ARKe – so many things to talk about!

Look forward to sharing more about ARKe in the coming months!

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Hands-on with the Mcor Arke http://mcortechnologies.com/hands-on-with-the-mcor-arke/ http://mcortechnologies.com/hands-on-with-the-mcor-arke/#respond Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:42:38 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27405 Computerworld

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CES 2016: The Best Technology From Las Vegas’s Electronics Show http://mcortechnologies.com/ces-2016-the-best-technology-from-las-vegass-electronics-show/ http://mcortechnologies.com/ces-2016-the-best-technology-from-las-vegass-electronics-show/#respond Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:41:33 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27403 All Business

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Mcor Technologies Dives Into Desktop Niche of 3D Printing http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-technologies-dives-into-desktop-niche-of-3d-printing/ http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-technologies-dives-into-desktop-niche-of-3d-printing/#respond Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:38:54 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27401 Xconomy

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Meet the Mcor Arke Full-Color Paper 3D Printer http://mcortechnologies.com/meet-the-mcor-arke-full-color-paper-3d-printer/ http://mcortechnologies.com/meet-the-mcor-arke-full-color-paper-3d-printer/#respond Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:36:56 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27399 Tested.com

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Taking a Closer Look at Mcor ARKe – Part 1 http://mcortechnologies.com/taking-a-closer-look-at-mcor-arke-part-1/ http://mcortechnologies.com/taking-a-closer-look-at-mcor-arke-part-1/#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:21:23 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27369 In the two weeks since we launched the Mcor ARKe, we have been inundated with inquiries about our new printer. So I thought it might be a good idea to take a closer look at our full colour desktop 3D printer – what are the key features and what makes it different – Fully Integrated […]

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In the two weeks since we launched the Mcor ARKe, we have been inundated with inquiries about our new printer. So I thought it might be a good idea to take a closer look at our full colour desktop 3D printer – what are the key features and what makes it different –

  • Fully Integrated Inkjet head –

The Mcor ARKe has a fully integrated inkjet head. This provides perfect image alignment each time leading to photorealistic, accurate models.  For example the bar code on a packaging model is so accurate you could almost scan it!

It is the latest generation inkjet head technology which has a resolution of 4800 x 2400. Print integrity is maintained because every cartridge replacement provides a pristine new print head. And the great thing is replacing a cartridge is as easy as it is on your 2D printer!

The fundamental DNA in our company is to be able to take a 2D image and make that image into 3D. Full colour is a critical part of the value we add and our mission is to bring this value to a bigger community of users with the Mcor ARKe.

Integrated inkjet printing
  • Rolls of paper –

The Mcor ARKe uses rolls of paper and there are some key advantages such as –

Reliability

Using a roll of paper allows us to provide ‘a never fail’ paper feed system. We challenged our engineering team to come up with the most reliable paper feeding system possible and they came back with something familiar, something we see every day – we see it at every point of sale – a roll of paper! Once locked in it just feeds. I love this simplicity!

Roll of paper

Speed

Linked to this is the offer of an adaptive build – this basically means the build adapts in size to the dimensions of the part being printed. This in turn speeds up the process and reduces the amount of waste material.

Consistency

With the in-depth knowledge we now have of paper we have selected a type of paper which is optimized for our SDL process – for inking, cutting and gluing. So our users get consistent results every time.

 

  • New Software – Mcor Orange

Our new software is called Mcor Orange! Speaking as the ‘lady in orange’ herself, I personally love this name!

The software has a brand new modern look which is simple to use and offers drag, drop and scale from the click of your mouse. It has large file handling capability and is available in several languages. And finally very importantly the software is MAC and PC compatible.

Mcor Orange software
  • Connectivity

Mcor ARKe is IOT enabled which means it is highly ‘connected’! It is connected via USB (front & back), Ethernet and it is Wi-Fi enabled.

Our new Mcor App maximises this connectivity further by allowing us to download parts from the cloud, view on board footage remotely via webcam in the printer. Running info is also available from this app –all from the palm of your hand!

In my blog next week, I will continue this closer look at the Mcor ARKe so stay tuned for more details then!

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