Mcor Technologies http://mcortechnologies.com/ 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:20:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Importance of a Town Hall http://mcortechnologies.com/the-importance-of-a-town-hall/ http://mcortechnologies.com/the-importance-of-a-town-hall/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 07:00:40 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28167 We have been in business 11 years and as we have grown the company one of the things I think that has become really important is a regular town hall. Once a quarter is usually fine, but if some important news comes out it can be a great way to share your views on the […]

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We have been in business 11 years and as we have grown the company one of the things I think that has become really important is a regular town hall.

Once a quarter is usually fine, but if some important news comes out it can be a great way to share your views on the matter and more importantly let the employees feel included. It’s also important to realise that at the end of the day employees want to know how news impacts them, so important to tailor your message to be clear. Finally some companies try to filter the message too much; employees know more that you think about the company, so level with them, it will be rewarded in trust.

I try not to be too heavy with the details but instead give a helicopter view. It’s good to use the last town hall like minutes which you can compare, whether it’s sales numbers or performance. Remember it’s the whole company listening so be careful not to forget any department. I like to get the individual managers to present work from their department as there is such a diversity of competences here it really helps everyone understand what everyone else is doing.

When you are a small company everybody knows what’s going on so the need to have town halls is less, but as you grow it’s a great way to get your message out there. Employees are very connected people and they hear news about competitors, markets and opportunities. Getting in front of your employees is a great way to confront and counter any bad news while accelerating the positive. It’s a time to motivate and share your vision and reinforce why they joined your company in the first place!

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Mcor 3D printing helping to solve crimes http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-3d-printing-helping-to-solve-crimes/ http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-3d-printing-helping-to-solve-crimes/#respond Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:31:03 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28163 3D printing is increasingly being used in solving crimes. Murder trials in the US and the UK often rely on presentation of photographs and other evidence to assist a jury in deciding whether a defendant is guilty or innocent. I read an article recently in which police printed a 3D model of a murder victim’s […]

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3D printing is increasingly being used in solving crimes. Murder trials in the US and the UK often rely on presentation of photographs and other evidence to assist a jury in deciding whether a defendant is guilty or innocent. I read an article recently in which police printed a 3D model of a murder victim’s finger to try and unlock his smartphone and find his killer. A 3D printing lab at Michigan State University recreated the murder victim’s fingers in order to unlock the victim’s phone which apparently held the key to identifying his murderer.

 

A set of booking fingerprints that police had taken from the victim during his previous arrest allowed the lab to set about recreating his fingers. Biometric scanners require a living body to activate the fingerprint sensor on certain smartphones. A professor in the lab coated the 3D printed fingers in a thin layer of conductive metallic particles which can carry a charge to allow the fingerprint scanner to read them.

 

Forensics is an excellent application for Mcor 3D printing. Our 3D printers can be used to recreate a crime scene. For example, in the above image, we printed a model of a footprint in concrete which may be used to help trace a perpetrator. We also 3D printed a shoulder blade with a bullet wound – this can help explain the damage caused to a victim’s body. In addition, examination of a gunshot wound can help determine many factors involved in the shooting, including the distance of the shooter from the victim.

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Our 3D models are printed in full colour, are tough and durable and the level of detail ensures a lifelike representation. 3D models like these are perfect for use in a courtroom. Taking something large and printing a smaller scale version of it lets you bring something like a vehicle or entire building into a courtroom. You may not be able to take a jury to the crime scene, so bring the crime scene to the jury with Mcor 3D printing.

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We are Mcor Tough Mudders! By Yvonne Callan http://mcortechnologies.com/we-are-mcor-tough-mudders-by-yvonne-callan/ http://mcortechnologies.com/we-are-mcor-tough-mudders-by-yvonne-callan/#comments Mon, 08 Aug 2016 07:00:24 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28090 When I started to work in Mcor over four years ago as an Account Manager,  I was very excited to be joining a team that involved working with many different types of people– mechanical engineers, applications engineers, software engineers, electrical engineers – a lot of engineers! But also shipping, marketing, sales, etc etc, you get […]

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When I started to work in Mcor over four years ago as an Account Manager,  I was very excited to be joining a team that involved working with many different types of people– mechanical engineers, applications engineers, software engineers, electrical engineers – a lot of engineers! But also shipping, marketing, sales, etc etc, you get what I mean, lots of different types of people with a whole range of interests. Going to work was more than sitting isolated at my desk crunching numbers – it was more about working as part of a bigger team.  And Mcor had a unique way of getting us to work together in a different sort of way!!!  So what do you do to connect everyone and motivate the company as a team?

TOUGH MUDDER!!

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I personally have been into sport all my life – even ran semi-professionally for a couple of years when I lived in NY.  Now as a single mum raising three little ones I don’t get the chance to compete so much anymore.  So when I heard the company got involved in adventure races the idea of doing a Tough Mudder definitely appealed and I said, “I’m in!”  Yes, I get my kicks from getting down and dirty!

But Tough Mudder is not only a physical challenge but a mental one too and what better way to get a team working together in every way possible but present them with electric shock treatment, ice baths, 10 foot walls, mud baths only to mention a few…….. I have to say everyone that participates has a smile on their face from the time they start to when they cross the finish line together.  And along the way you get to know your team mates a little bit better.  For those few hours we are working together toward one common goal to get through the finish line all in one piece. And because we enjoy this event so much we also participate together in other adventure races like, Hell & Back, throughout the year as a Mcor Team.

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Fast Company recently wrote about Mcor’s history of doing the Tough Mudder race to keep the team motivated during the summer months. Well I can really testify to this – I always feel totally recharged after every race and I also feel like I have connected in a real way with members of the company team in a way that I wouldn’t have had we not done something like this. We have a common interest -something we all can talk about around the lunch table!

This activity also boosts morale and really focuses us as a team to achieve all our deadlines. We now know a little more about what everyone does in Mcor and after all we may work in different departments but we are all working toward common company goals and vision.

And for at least that Tough Mudder day we are collectively Mcor Tough Mudders!

 

 

 

 

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Celebrating the Opening of the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio! http://mcortechnologies.com/celebrating-the-opening-of-the-olympic-games-2016-in-rio/ http://mcortechnologies.com/celebrating-the-opening-of-the-olympic-games-2016-in-rio/#respond Fri, 05 Aug 2016 07:00:21 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28112 With the Olympic Games commencing today in Rio I thought it might be nice to print something in celebration of this momentous day. As coverage starts I have no doubt that we will see some beautiful imagery of the Brazilian landscape in particular Rio de Janeiro. So what is one of the most easily recognisable […]

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With the Olympic Games commencing today in Rio I thought it might be nice to print something in celebration of this momentous day. As coverage starts I have no doubt that we will see some beautiful imagery of the Brazilian landscape in particular Rio de Janeiro. So what is one of the most easily recognisable parts of the Brazilian landscape?? Christ the Redeemer of course. So what better way to celebrate than to print a full colour 3D model of Christ the Redeemer!

Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was created by Polish-French sculptor, Paul Landowski, and built by the Brazilian engineer, Heitor da Silva Costa, in collaboration with the French engineer, Albert Caquot. The face of the statue was created by the Romanian artist, Gheorghe Leonida. The statue is pretty breath-taking – at 30 metres tall (not including its 8-metre tall pedestal) and its arms stretch 28 metres wide. It is a widely recognised symbol of Christianity and has also become a cultural icon of both Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. It is also listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Definitely worth a visit!

What is even more interesting is the way in which the 3D data of this great iconic statue was captured. The original image was obtained from Pix4D, a company who develop drone mapping software. They used 2,090 images taken by a drone, as part of a project that was planned and executed by Pix4D in partnership with Aeryon Labs Inc. and PUC University of Rio de Janeiro. Pix4D uploaded the images to Sketchfab. Then, Brazilian multimedia artist, Radames Ajna, took screenshots of these images and uploaded them to 123dapp.com. Our Applications Engineer then downloaded the 123dapp.com version and made it printable. The resulting model is featured in the image below.

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But to prove how realistic our full colour model is we decided to put it in context – in the Rio de Janeiro landscape!  I think it looks pretty realistic – hard to distinguish from the real one! See more images below:

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If you are lucky enough to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, enjoy every minute of it! And if you’re simply hanging around Rio de Janeiro over the next few weeks, why not pay a visit to the Christ the Redeemer statue in the heart of Rio and check out if our 3D printed version is an Olympic winner!

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3D printing helping to make grand plans come alive http://mcortechnologies.com/3d-printing-helping-to-make-grand-plans-come-alive/ http://mcortechnologies.com/3d-printing-helping-to-make-grand-plans-come-alive/#respond Thu, 04 Aug 2016 16:08:49 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28137 “Mcor Technologies really helped us to showcase our plans. The finished 3D building model really wowed our clients. Our company has definitely seen the benefits of collaborating with an innovative 3D printing manufacturer.” – John Barrett, Netwatch.   Winning new business is at the forefront of many business owners’ minds. Often, to do this, the […]

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“Mcor Technologies really helped us to showcase our plans. The finished 3D building model really wowed our clients. Our company has definitely seen the benefits of collaborating with an innovative 3D printing manufacturer.”

– John Barrett, Netwatch.

 

Winning new business is at the forefront of many business owners’ minds. Often, to do this, the company offering a product or service requires a tangible object to present to their prospective clients. When it comes to proposing plans for new buildings, 3D digital models and animations help greatly, but standing around a 3D physical model tops everything. It allows for greater communication between company and client and ensures that the client gets a clear idea of plans before they are set in place. Sometimes, people really do need to see the proposed building in three physical dimensions – even if is a scaled-down version of what is being proposed.

 

Mcor, in a collaboration with Carlow-based remote visual surveillance company, Netwatch, 3D printed an expanded version of a premises in order to show prospective clients how much the business is expanding in a bid to win new business.

 

John Barrett, Netwatch’s Technical Sales Specialist, approached Mcor about printing a scaled presentation model of their recently expanded premises in a bid to impress prospective clients and win new business. “We meet prospective clients regularly so being able to produce a physical object for them to hold in their hands is ideal for us – that’s why we turned to Mcor Technologies”, says John.

 

Keeping watch

Netwatch deploy the most advanced video processing technologies to proactively monitor and protect their clients’ properties and assets. Netwatch is unique as it proactively protects properties using live audio warnings to ward off intruders. Intervention Specialists direct operations remotely from the Netwatch Communication Hub, visually verifying the intruders and intervene as soon as security is breached by verbally alerting the intruders they are being watched with a personalised warning. In the majority of cases, intruders flee the scene upon hearing the audio warning – preventing the crime from ever taking place.  In all other circumstances, the authorities are notified and the Intervention Specialists are able to give them insight into the situation before they arrive. Since 2003, Netwatch has prevented more than 40,000 crimes and currently monitor in excess of 33,000 cameras across the globe.

 

The process

Netwatch provided the 2D architectural drawing and Mcor set about converting it to 3D using a CAD package. The scale was 1:100. As the building was going to be quite large when printed, it first had to be split into several sections. Mcor used DeskArtes’ 3D printing prepping software which not only splits the model but also incorporates dowel pins so that the model could be easily fitted together once the model was fully printed. Then, colour was applied using Mcor’s own ColourIT software. Adding photorealistic colour on a model like this adds so much detail compared to a mono 3D model. The model is truly brought to life – from the tiled roof to the texture on the walls.

 

3D printing helps win new business and more

For Netwatch Mcor’s tech was the obvious choice for this application because of its full colour capabilities. But not only that a model of this scale can be produced at a huge cost saving: Mcor’s 3D printers create durable and stable physical 3D models from paper at 10-20% the cost of any other 3D printing technology and this is very notable on a model of this size. Mcor’s unique technology is very suitable for printing large architectural pieces like this one which can be used for winning new business or obtaining planning permission from a local authority.

And because the model is printed in sections this facilitates further manipulation of the design and the ability to present several different options to prospective clients. Also, if a mistake is made, simply recycle the unwanted part and start again. A huge amount of time and money can be saved on prototype creation when printing on a Mcor 3D printer.

A 3D model like the Netwatch building can also be used as a communication tool and forms the basis for further discussion as it enhances understanding of how everything fits together and how the building looks from different angles.

3D printing is an extremely useful method for producing large scale architectural models of this nature and Mcor’s unique technology makes it more accessible to companies wishing to win new business by providing a low-cost full colour solution.

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3D printing in two million colours http://mcortechnologies.com/3d-printing-in-two-million-colours/ http://mcortechnologies.com/3d-printing-in-two-million-colours/#respond Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:59:28 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28086 3D Printing Progress

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Mcor 3D printing breathes new life to a sunken warship http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-3d-printing-breathes-new-life-to-a-sunken-warship/ http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-3d-printing-breathes-new-life-to-a-sunken-warship/#respond Mon, 01 Aug 2016 08:00:44 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28075 Mcor’s August Model of the Month   “Mars”, the pride of Sweden’s 16th-century navy, is dubbed a “cursed warship”. It was the largest and fiercest warship in the world but it went up in a ball of flames in a brutal naval battle in 1564 and sank to the bottom of the Baltic Sea, bringing […]

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Mcor’s August Model of the Month

 

“Mars”, the pride of Sweden’s 16th-century navy, is dubbed a “cursed warship”. It was the largest and fiercest warship in the world but it went up in a ball of flames in a brutal naval battle in 1564 and sank to the bottom of the Baltic Sea, bringing around 900 Swedish and German sailors and a fortune in gold and silver coins down with it. Researchers have concluded that it is the best preserved vessel of its kind, probably due to the combination of low levels of sediment in the sea, slow currents and the absence of a mollusk (responsible for breaking down wooden wrecks), all of which helped to keep the warship in remarkable condition.

 

The model showcased above is the result of an initiative undertaken by Carl Schillander of Thaiber 3DP AB, Mcor’s Swedish reseller. The model was created using images of the real Mars shipwreck located off the east coast of Sweden. Carl made a 9-build display of the shipwreck in photorealistic colour on the Mcor IRIS with a wreck side that is easy to lift away so that it’s possible to look at what is underneath. 3D printing a model of this size is achieved by simply dividing the model up into several sections that can be easily fitted together after printing. As Mcor’s 3D printers run at 10-20% the cost of any other 3D printing technology, significant savings are made when printing models of this size.

 

Carl is currently working with some major underwater explorers and a marine museum. He is a strong advocate of Mcor’s unique technology and feels that it is ideal for producing 3D models of sea beds and shipwrecks in any size. There is so much that exists underwater that most people might never have seen but now, with sonar and the advent of new technologies such as digital photogrammetry, it is very possible to discover what is lying at the bottom of a sea bed and these discoveries can now be reproduced in 3D format relatively easily, especially on Mcor’s 3D printers. The Mars shipwreck replica is durable and stable and is a stand out piece at the many tradeshows and seminars at which Carl has exhibited.

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Mcor ARKe can now 3D print in 2 million colours http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-arke-can-now-3d-print-in-2-million-colours/ http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-arke-can-now-3d-print-in-2-million-colours/#respond Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:01:10 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28077 TCT Magazine

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Pokémon Go gets real! By Ella Rose MacCormack http://mcortechnologies.com/pokemon-go-gets-real-by-ella-rose-maccormack/ http://mcortechnologies.com/pokemon-go-gets-real-by-ella-rose-maccormack/#respond Tue, 26 Jul 2016 07:00:55 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28050 Recently the online world has gone crazy about one specific game, Pokémon Go. It’s incredible to think that a game that was super popular in the 1990’s has made such a good comeback to the gaming world.   Growing up in the early 2000’s Pokémon was never mentioned in our house. I was more interested […]

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Recently the online world has gone crazy about one specific game, Pokémon Go. It’s incredible to think that a game that was super popular in the 1990’s has made such a good comeback to the gaming world.

 

Growing up in the early 2000’s Pokémon was never mentioned in our house. I was more interested in Mario than Pokémon and I never saw the appeal. I never understood Pokémon and I felt like I was too late to the game, like that ship had already sailed. But what I didn’t know when I was younger was that after the big boom of success Pokémon had in the 90’s the sales had actually declined a lot in the early 2000’s, so I guess that’s why I never heard of Pokémon in my formative years!

 

Now fast forward to 2016. Just over two weeks ago Pokémon Go was released in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. When I first heard the news about this new game I wasn’t really interested and thought that the whole craze would blow over within a few days so I didn’t download the game. A week later the game was even more popular and more and more people were playing so I decided to give into the hype and download it on my phone.  It took a while to set up my account (lack of decent WIFI in a coffee shop!) but by the time the game had finally finished downloading onto my phone I was still positive that I wasn’t going to like it. I had never played Pokémon before this so I had no idea how to even play the game! But as soon as it was loaded on my phone I was addicted.

 

Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game meaning that when you go to catch a Pokémon your camera loads and you see the Pokémon standing in front of you. It’s like as if you were going to take a picture and the Pokémon is just there!

 

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The only problem is I live in quite a small town so not too heavily populated with Pokémon and as a teenager my Pokémon range is also sadly quite limited!.

 

So how could I make more Pokémon or make the game more interesting??

 

What if I could 3D print more Pokémon? What if I could print a 3D model and put it beside the augmented reality Pokémon on the screen? Well you can now. I asked Mcor if they could print a Pokémon for me so I could use a side-by-side comparison and it worked! Mcor printed me my favourite Pokemon, Pikachu, on one of Mcor’s full colour printers. It is such a great print – great to be able to hold my fav character not just see it on screen! And not only that, I can put the 3D printed model of Pikachu beside another Pokémon called Pidgey in the game! See image below –

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We may live in a world that is very online centric but I am still fascinated with how 3D printing can close the loop; from the augmented world right the way back to reality! I really enjoy playing Pokémon but I also got a real kick out of merging the online Pokémon Go world with reality through the use of low cost, full colour 3D printing!

 

When you think of 3D printing you may think serious engineering applications but this goes to show that 3D printing really can be used for so many things and has relevance for me a 14 year old student – with 3D printing all you really have to do is open your mind to the realms of possibilities!

 

And for me this summer, thanks to 3D printing Pokémon got real!

 

 

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Mcor adds new features to its ARKe 3D printer http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-adds-new-features-to-its-arke-3d-printer/ http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-adds-new-features-to-its-arke-3d-printer/#respond Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:00:54 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28067 Make Parts Faster

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Mcor adds new features to its ARKe 3D printer

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