Mcor Technologies http://mcortechnologies.com/ 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:47:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Plastic Surgeons Can 3D Print Your Future Nose Job http://mcortechnologies.com/plastic-surgeons-can-3d-print-your-future-nose-job/ http://mcortechnologies.com/plastic-surgeons-can-3d-print-your-future-nose-job/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:11:59 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28305 Motherboard

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Mcor is on a recruitment drive! http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-is-on-a-recruitment-drive/ http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-is-on-a-recruitment-drive/#respond Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:10:18 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28302 It has been a very exciting year for Mcor so far – we launched our new full colour desktop 3D printer, the Mcor ARKe, won the Best of Innovation at CES and partnered with Flex a world-class global leader in manufacturing, To support all the growing needs of the business it is now time for […]

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It has been a very exciting year for Mcor so far – we launched our new full colour desktop 3D printer, the Mcor ARKe, won the Best of Innovation at CES and partnered with Flex a world-class global leader in manufacturing,

To support all the growing needs of the business it is now time for Mcor to expand its workforce again! Yes we are looking for more people to come on this exciting journey with us and our disruptive technology that is sure to impact the future.

We already have a talented team of specialists who have helped propel the company forward taking its place among the leading companies in this industry. Now it’s time to take the next steps to support our growth with the Mcor ARKe.

We will be filling positions globally, in Ireland, the US and Asia in roles such as Engineering, Service Management and Quality Control. We provide our teams with unparalleled opportunities to advance their careers in a dynamic industry and in a company that is innovation focused and has a culture that is hardworking, candid, ambitious and principled.

So if you are interested in an exciting career in 3D printing please check out our careers page http://mcortechnologies.com/about/careers/job-opportunities/ or contact us on careers@mcortechnologies.com.

Look forward to hearing from you!

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Laser Powder Forming (LPF) and Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM) 3D Additive technologies http://mcortechnologies.com/laser-powder-forming-lpf-and-laminated-object-manufacturing-lom-3d-additive-technologies/ http://mcortechnologies.com/laser-powder-forming-lpf-and-laminated-object-manufacturing-lom-3d-additive-technologies/#respond Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:51:52 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28245 Additive3d

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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-3/ http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-3d-printing-breathes-new-life-to-a-sunken-warship-3/#respond Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:30:27 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28237 All3DP

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Founder’s Guide to All-Hands Meetings http://mcortechnologies.com/founders-guide-to-all-hands-meetings/ http://mcortechnologies.com/founders-guide-to-all-hands-meetings/#respond Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:55:57 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28227 FundersClub

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3D Printed Models Give Lessons about the Danger of Volcanoes http://mcortechnologies.com/3d-printed-models-give-lessons-about-the-danger-of-volcanoes/ http://mcortechnologies.com/3d-printed-models-give-lessons-about-the-danger-of-volcanoes/#respond Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:51:16 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28225 3DPrint.com

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A Digital Dozen: 12 Traits Of The Truly Creative CMO http://mcortechnologies.com/a-digital-dozen-12-traits-of-the-truly-creative-cmo-3/ http://mcortechnologies.com/a-digital-dozen-12-traits-of-the-truly-creative-cmo-3/#respond Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:46:34 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28223 CMO.com

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Printing the Next President of America http://mcortechnologies.com/printing-the-next-president-of-america/ http://mcortechnologies.com/printing-the-next-president-of-america/#respond Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:33:28 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28216 Last year, a project led by a Smithsonian team to produce a 3D printed bust of President Obama received lots of attention. It was lauded as the 21st Century means to produce a bust for the official National Portrait Gallery collection faster and easier than the traditional plaster casting techniques used to capture the likenesses […]

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Last year, a project led by a Smithsonian team to produce a 3D printed bust of President Obama received lots of attention. It was lauded as the 21st Century means to produce a bust for the official National Portrait Gallery collection faster and easier than the traditional plaster casting techniques used to capture the likenesses of previous US presidents.

However, the Smithsonian team did not print Obama in full colour, instead, they produced a monochrome model but we decided to print President Obama in full, photorealistic-colour (see image below on the right). This model communicates infinitely more than monochrome 3D printing, such as facial details, shading, textures and even personality, all of which result in a far more realistic bust than the monochrome 3D print on the left. And, Mcor full-colour 3D printing does so at a fraction of the cost of other 3D printing technology and in a much safer and more eco-friendly manner.

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Roll forward a year and you cannot turn on a TV or radio, surf news online or open a newspaper without seeing or hearing coverage about the US Presidential election 2016 – who will be the next American President? It always makes interesting debate but this time around even more so because it’s two heavy weight opponents, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump!

So, this year we thought it would be interesting to 3D print the two candidates in full colour on our full colour 3D printers and in doing so we would be essentially printing the next American President!! Mcor 3D printing is between 10-20% the cost of any other 3D printing technology so affordable for everyone if you would like to keep a Donald or Hilary in your pocket over the next few months!

Unfortunately we did not have the opportunity to scan Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump personally so instead for our Trump and Clinton models we collaborated with Digital sculpture author – Nikolay Vorobyov, (http://voronart.com/). Nikolay created the digital files using his own interpretation of what Trump and Clinton look like including the colours of their hair, skin, clothes etc. Then with an ICC profile we matched correctly Nikolay’s interpretation of the real colours and prepared the file for printing on our full colour 3D printer.

Mcor 3D printers create complex, durable and stable physical 3D models from paper and the models can be tapped, threaded, hinged, and made water resistant and flexible. We can also match to any pantone colour in a file using our ICC colour maps. This means that the 3D printer will precisely produce industry standard colours as presented in a photographer’s, engineer’s or designer’s photograph, CAD model, scan or illustration. Without it, intended colours are often corrupted.

So see below the end result – our Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton models –

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I am sure the question mark over Trump’s taxes will rage on in the media but we can tell you here and now in this blog that it just costs €28 ($31) to print your very own copy of Trump and €30 ($33) to print Hilary! Hilary is slightly more expensive to print due to more volume in her model – she obviously had a ‘bigger’ hair day than Trump that day!

So, in the coming months on the run up to this very big election if you fancy keeping a Trump or Clinton model at hand to show your support just get one printed on a Mcor printer, a 3D printer that truly shows the candidates in their TRUE COLOURS – the rest is up to the American people!

 

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Leaders of the New School. Where are they now? http://mcortechnologies.com/leaders-of-the-new-school-where-are-they-now/ http://mcortechnologies.com/leaders-of-the-new-school-where-are-they-now/#respond Tue, 06 Sep 2016 09:58:58 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28191 Roll back three years to June 2013 and a TCT magazine front cover which featured Cody Wilson, Bre Pettis, David Burns, Josh Harker, Pete Weijmarshausseen and Avi Reichental with the headline, “Leaders of the New School.” All six people profiled were all in the headlines for one reason or another and three of them were […]

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Roll back three years to June 2013 and a TCT magazine front cover which featured Cody Wilson, Bre Pettis, David Burns, Josh Harker, Pete Weijmarshausseen and Avi Reichental with the headline, “Leaders of the New School.” All six people profiled were all in the headlines for one reason or another and three of them were prominent leaders of 3D printing manufacturing companies.

So I thought it would be interesting to look at what has happened to these leaders of the ‘new’ school. Where are they now?

 

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Bre Pettis – AKA, the Acquired

Around this time, Stratasys acquired MakerBot for a mere $400 million. No doubt every reason for TCT to label Bre as a ‘leader of the new school’.

However, a little while after the acquisition by Stratasys, Bre Pettis moved on from MakerBot to lead a new “Innovation Workshop” at Stratasys, called Bold Machines.  And just over 12 months ago, Stratasys announced that the company that Pettis founded had officially been spun off into its own entity.

Bold Machines is now over 12 months an independent product development workshop but we have not seen anything emerge from it just yet! We are all indeed anxious to see what comes out of Bold Machines as Bre was hailed as the next Steve Jobs and one of the great modern inventors. It would be a pity if it all stopped here but there may be big shackles that prevent Bre from stepping back into the 3D printing space right now. So we may have to wait a little longer to see what comes from Bold Machines if anything and if it will be 3D printing related!

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Avi Reichental – AKA, the Acquirer

‘Abe,’ as Avi was formally known, took the reins at 3D Systems in 2003.

3D Systems made some acquisitions before he began with the company, but it was under Reichental’s leadership that 3D Systems would become known for its numerous acquisitions, particularly in the second half of his tenure at 3D Systems. It seemed like every couple of weeks there would be a new announcement.  In total, between the years of 2010 and 2014, 3D Systems purchased 45 different companies, which averages out to nine a year.

At the height of the 3D printing hype, 3D Systems looked like a company that could do no wrong; under Avi’s leadership they had brought on board a huge portfolio of technologies. At CES in 2014, there was an amazing breadth of tech using a huge array of materials ranging from ceramics, sugar, and metal, yielding an impressive range of applications including cake toppers, merchandise from blockbuster movies, and a complete ensemble of 3D printed instruments.  Even will.i.am, global entertainer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, joined 3DS as its Chief Creative Officer at this time and made an appearance at CES. Avi had certainly taken the company on an exciting journey during which the company attempted to be everything to everybody but the hype and the mission was not sustainable.

A press release in October 2015 announced that Avi would step down from his position as CEO. Reichtenal is quoted as saying, “I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to lead and build this fine company for the past 12 years, and I am excited about its future.” He certainly transformed this company in this 12 year period but was it for better or worse?

Since his departure 3D Systems is certainly making its way back to its roots. Gone is the Cube range of 3D printers and now a total focus on end-to-end Manufacturing Solutions. In many ways they have shunned the Avi era at the company and are moving in an entirely different direction, latching on more than ever to the accolade of being the first company in the 3D printing industry and pioneers of the technology.

This leader of the ‘new’ school was certainly radical but where is he now?

Apparently, Reichental has started a new company called XponentialWorks. There’s not much info on the site, reading “”EXPONENTIAL-TECH CONVERGENCE IS TRANSFORMING INNOVATION AND POWERING BRILLIANT FACTORIES EVERYWHERE.”  Although Reichental has changed his identity on social media, he will forever be Avi from 3DS. Once described as “one of Fortune Magazine’s Top 50 business leaders,” this leader of the new school has rode off into the 3D printing sunset.

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David Burns – AKA, the IPOer

David Burns co-founded ExOne with Larry Rhoades in 2005. He acted as President and COO of the company up until 2014.

At the height of the 3D printing boom and during his time at the helm, David led ExOne in an IPO in 2013.  The company maintained that the offering was to support rapid growth in the company, a more lucrative route than private investment at the time. Although the company’s revenue base was only $30M in 2012, the IPO was well received by a market eagerly looking for new opportunities. This activity was typical of this time period with many 3D printing companies conducting IPOs at valuations ten times revenues or higher!

However the 3D printing industry evolved and gone are high valuations and soaring stock prices. In December 2014, S. Kent Rockwell, Chairman of ExOne, made changes to the ExOne management team and with these changes David Burns was moved into the position of Global Head of Sales, focusing his sole efforts on the expansion of the company’s sales initiatives.

Within a year of this change in position, David moved on and he is currently  a Senior Advisor at The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and the Founder and Principal of Global Business Advisory Services, LLC. – still  with his hand in the world of 3D, he will be a keynote speaker at this years TCT Live conference.

 

Now that leaves three of the Leaders of the New School left.

Where are they now?

Cody Wilson rose to fame in May 2013 for successfully test-firing a pistol, called “the Liberator,” and subsequently releasing the blueprints of the gun’s design online. He hogged a lot of column inches for a while but he was a flash in the pan and now he too is gone!

Josh Harker is an artist specializing in 3D print & sculpture who really came to prominence during the height of the 3D printing boom, but we certainly hear less about him now.

Out of all the leaders of the new school profiled on that famous front cover, Pete Weijmarshausseen from Shapeways is the only one still a part of the 3D industry. Shapeways allows customers to design their own three-dimensional products through rapid prototyping by sending a CAD-file to their website to 3D print and also provides a platform for designers to sell their own designs. Shapeways has gone from strength to strength and will continue to play an integral part in our industry moving forward.

We exist in an ever-evolving industry: things change, people move on but the industry keeps on going.  So this begs the question, where these people personalities or real leaders and innovators? We knew them all by name and they seemed as familiar as our next door neighbour. I think we would be hard pressed now to name the CEOs of all the top 3D printing companies – the personalities are gone.

So if TCT did this front cover today who would make these six slots? Who are the 3D printing industry leaders today – who are today’s innovators, those making a difference?

In the last three years we have seen Max Lobovsky’s Formlabs expanding their product range, brand new tech from Carbon3D’s Joe DeSimone and what about the users who push the technology to its limits like Jason Lopes of Legacy Effects. And Innovative platform 3D Hubs co-founders Bram de Zwart and Brian Garrett who are connecting people who want to print in 3D with 3D printer owners. All innovators and leaders in the 3D printing industry.

I would like to think Conor and Fintan MacCormack would be included in this line up – they have stood the test of time and their SDL technology still remains unique. And with more innovation coming out of the Mcor stable in the form of the Mcor ARKe it is exciting to think about the impact this printer will have – full colour on the desktop! And indeed it is exciting to think about what is next for Mcor – Conor often says that ‘innovation’ is at the very core of everything that we do so expect more from Mcor!

The TCT front cover may have profiled ‘Leaders of the new school’ in 2013 but the industry has evolved but all is not lost as there are new leaders that I expect will take us to new heights in 3D printing in the years to come!

 

 

 

 

 

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Printing a model to represent America http://mcortechnologies.com/printing-a-model-to-represent-america/ http://mcortechnologies.com/printing-a-model-to-represent-america/#respond Thu, 01 Sep 2016 12:35:28 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28186 Mcor’s September Model of the Month  With the American Presidential election right around the corner I thought it might be nice to print something that’s representative of the United States. We came across this model of the Golden Eagle – not quite the American Bald Eagle but nonetheless an eagle which was officially adopted as […]

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Mcor’s September Model of the Month

 With the American Presidential election right around the corner I thought it might be nice to print something that’s representative of the United States. We came across this model of the Golden Eagle – not quite the American Bald Eagle but nonetheless an eagle which was officially adopted as the emblem of the United States in 1787.

Along with an official flower and motto, every state has its own official bird. But flying high above them all is the bald eagle, representing the United States of America. Images of the iconic bird can be found just about everywhere, from coins and paper currency to passports and the president’s official seal. But why this bird?

The bald eagle was chosen because of its association with authority and statehood in fact, the eagle had been used as a symbol of governmental power since Roman times.

We printed the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) which is one of the best-known birds of prey in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the most widely distributed species of eagle. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. These birds are dark brown, with lighter golden-brown plumage on their napes. Immature eagles of this species typically have white on the tail and often have white markings on the wings.

As you can see our model matches this colour description perfectly – We can match to any pantone colour in a file using our ICC colour maps. This means that our 3D printer will precisely produce industry standard colours as presented in any file. In this case colour adds so much realism to the model making it life like!

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The Native Americans consider the bald eagle and the golden eagle to be sacred. As eagles are the highest flying birds they were seen to be nearer to the Creator. The meaning of the Eagle symbol was to signify courage, wisdom and strength and its purpose was as the messenger to the Creator.

JF Kennedy is also noted as saying, “The founding fathers made an appropriate choice when they selected the bald eagle as the emblem of the nation. The fierce beauty and proud independence of this great bird aptly symbolizes the strength and freedom of America.”

Let’s hope this sentiment lives on with the next President of America!

 

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