Mcor Technologies http://mcortechnologies.com/ 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping Tue, 03 May 2016 13:23:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Future in which children will design and produce their own toys is nearer than you might think! http://mcortechnologies.com/a-future-in-which-children-will-design-and-produce-their-own-toys-is-nearer-than-you-might-think-2/ http://mcortechnologies.com/a-future-in-which-children-will-design-and-produce-their-own-toys-is-nearer-than-you-might-think-2/#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 13:23:35 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27826 Printing 3D Today

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Exploring New Trends in 3D Scan-to-Print http://mcortechnologies.com/exploring-new-trends-in-3d-scan-to-print/ http://mcortechnologies.com/exploring-new-trends-in-3d-scan-to-print/#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 13:20:10 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27821 3D fab+print magazine

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Mcor to Showcase the Mcor ARKe Desktop 3D Printer at RAPID 2016 http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-to-showcase-the-mcor-arke-desktop-3d-printer-at-rapid-2016/ http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-to-showcase-the-mcor-arke-desktop-3d-printer-at-rapid-2016/#respond Tue, 03 May 2016 09:00:37 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27812 Mcor ARKe, the world’s first full-color, desktop 3D printer available for demos to conference attendees DUNLEER, IRELAND, April 25, 2016 – Mcor, the leader in full-color 3D printing, announced today that it will demonstrate its newly launched full-color, desktop 3D printer, Mcor ARKe at RAPID in Orlando, Florida from May 17 to May 19, 2016. […]

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

DUNLEER, IRELAND, April 25, 2016 – Mcor, the leader in full-color 3D printing, announced today that it will demonstrate its newly launched full-color, desktop 3D printer, Mcor ARKe at RAPID in Orlando, Florida from May 17 to May 19, 2016. Attendees can see Mcor ARKe in action at the company’s booth, #121.

Recently launched at CES 2016, the award-winning Mcor ARKe offers full color 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.

“The Mcor ARKe takes us one step closer to achieving our vision of putting a 3D printer in every office, classroom, and home,” said Dr. Conor MacCormack, co-founder and CEO of Mcor Technologies. “We have already taken over 4,000 pre-orders and we believe that this printer will transform the 3D printing industry stimulating widespread adoption of 3D printing particularly in education and among creative professionals.”

For over 25 years, RAPID has been known as the preeminent event for 3D printing, scanning, and additive manufacturing.

What:

Demonstrations and tutorials of the Mcor ARKE, the award-winning desktop, paper-based, full-color 3D printer, display of durable Mcor 3D printed models and discussions with Mcor senior management at booth #121.

When:

May 17 to May 19, 2016

Where:

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

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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Mcor Technologies Ltd
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Emily Wienberg
SHIFT Communications
Tel: + 1 617 779 1815
mcor@shiftcomm.com

 

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The ARKe on Tour! http://mcortechnologies.com/the-arke-on-tour/ http://mcortechnologies.com/the-arke-on-tour/#respond Mon, 02 May 2016 09:00:24 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27809 We have had an amazing reaction to the Mcor ARKe since we launched the product at CES in January of this year. See some of the comments below – Fortune Magazine – “Too good to be true” “…a 3D printer that churns out objects in full color and uses everyday office paper (instead of plastic) […]

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We have had an amazing reaction to the Mcor ARKe since we launched the product at CES in January of this year. See some of the comments below –

Fortune Magazine – “Too good to be true”

“…a 3D printer that churns out objects in full color and uses everyday office paper (instead of plastic) as the build material…”

Pocket-lint – “Something that needs shouting about

“…the Mcor ARKe is a full color desktop 3D printer that looks set to raise the bar in the market…”

TCT Magazine – “Massive step towards achieving dream”

“…its closed-box solution and most importantly its price point mean this machine will be an attractive proposition to anyone…”

So I suppose it is no surprise that launching the world’s first full-colour desktop 3D printer and winning the CES Innovation Award has created a stir in the industry and as a result people want to see it first-hand!

In order to satisfy this desire, we have been on a real roadshow with the ARKe since January. It started at CES in Las Vegas, SolidWorks World in Dallas, Educatec in Paris and Microsoft Build in San Francisco but it is about to go much further afield and to multiple locations all over the world.

For instance, three weeks ago it took up pride of place at the Inside 3D Printing Show in NYC on Sculptgraphicz’s booth (our NY based reseller). In addition, our Swedish dealer, Thaiber 3DP, was showing the ARKe off at the Plastteknik Nordic show in Sweden. This printer will remain in Europe for the coming weeks and will be exhibited at the following shows:

Of course, we will showcase the ARKe at the RAPID show in Orlando, Florida (17th – 19th May). We also plan to take the ARKe on a tour of Asia including shows in Australia, Seoul and Hong Kong this summer.

So watch out for new show announcements on our events page – show details will be posted as they are confirmed. We hope to see you at one (or all) of these shows! This year will definitely be an exciting one in the life of our company as Mcor ARKe goes on the road!

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“Hope” you like our May Model of the Month! http://mcortechnologies.com/hope-you-like-our-may-model-of-the-month/ http://mcortechnologies.com/hope-you-like-our-may-model-of-the-month/#respond Sun, 01 May 2016 09:00:12 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27805 For the May Model of the Month, I have selected the Hope Beer bottle openers we recently created for Wim de Jongh, founder of Hope Beer. “Hope” is a craft beer and is personalised to reflect the company owners’ own aspirations and personality. Each beer bottle is personalised because it includes unique stories from Dublin’s […]

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For the May Model of the Month, I have selected the Hope Beer bottle openers we recently created for Wim de Jongh, founder of Hope Beer. “Hope” is a craft beer and is personalised to reflect the company owners’ own aspirations and personality. Each beer bottle is personalised because it includes unique stories from Dublin’s history, ranging from cultural stories about pirates, for example John Criss, to stories about certain areas in County Fingal, for example Rush.

Customers, whether out in a bar or off-licence, often ask for their product specifically which proves that the personalised nature of the product reinforces the brand in the customers’ minds. “It’s great when this happens and this is helped by having a memorable product”, said Wim. To add to this, Wim also wanted to create a memorable promotional piece that would connect to their customers’ cultural references and have the potential to reinforce the brand even further.

So in order to bring the concept of a personalised brand one step further, Mcor set about producing a 3D version of his logo. A company logo is a very integral part of a company’s identity; in Hope beer’s logo, the letters “HO” were designed to represent a naval theme, hence the anchor.

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The geometry was created in SolidWorks by our Applications Engineer and then the colour was applied in Mcor’s software, ColourIT. Colour is very important in a brand’s logo in terms of adding value and Mcor 3D printers have the power to really bring logos to life. It’s reassuring to know that Mcor can produce items like this, with minimal waste, at a fraction of the cost of any other 3D printing technology.

Wim was very pleased with the final product, saying “Our company has benefited hugely from having a logo that we can touch and use as well as look at and the fact that it is printed in 3D adds an extra ‘coolness’ factor”. The ever-growing requirement for customised giveaway items marries well with the real strength of Mcor’s 3D printing technology to output full-colour, durable and stable 3D models using paper.

I keep one of these bottle openers in my purse at all times just in case I need to open a bottle of beer on demand! It is also a great talking point as people never guess that it is made of paper!

I think this really shows how 3D printing truly has a future in marketing applications and it’s only a matter of time before we see more 3D printed giveaways and personalised gifts!

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A Future in which children will design and produce their own toys is nearer than you might think! http://mcortechnologies.com/a-future-in-which-children-will-design-and-produce-their-own-toys-is-nearer-than-you-might-think/ http://mcortechnologies.com/a-future-in-which-children-will-design-and-produce-their-own-toys-is-nearer-than-you-might-think/#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:00:15 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27781 3D printing is a technology that truly lends itself well to highly customised items and one market with huge potential is the toy market. How many times have you heard your kids pleading for a toy only to find it thrown to one side within a week of playing with it? How many scares have […]

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3D printing is a technology that truly lends itself well to highly customised items and one market with huge potential is the toy market. How many times have you heard your kids pleading for a toy only to find it thrown to one side within a week of playing with it? How many scares have we read alerting us to high lead content in our kid’s playthings? How do our kids really feel about seeing rows and rows of mass produced toys all exactly the same with no room for customisation? Could there be a way for children to design their own toys that would be produced locally using safe materials?

This week, Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme, announced funding for the iBUS (integrated business model for customer driven custom product supply chains) project. This project aims to develop an internet based business model, providing a platform for children and designers, to design and customise their own toys. The mission of iBUS is to replace the current mass import of toys from China, with safe toys produced sustainably in Europe.

The iBUS project is coordinated here in Ireland by the University of Limerick (Ireland) and we are one of the European partners responsible for achieving this project goal. Other partners include retailers and manufacturers at centres such as LeFabShop, Entellexi, the University of Paderborn (UPB) and  .

The main focus of iBUS is to drive sales for EU traditional toy and furniture manufacturers by leveraging internet based technologies, focusing on safe products, quality, design and innovation.  In this new iBUS model consumers become designers, designing, customising and placing orders for their own products online in the iBUS cloud.  “At the core of this new business model are the children or independent professional designers, who will design products on-line at home or at their usual retailer,” said Con Sheehan, iBUS project co-ordinator, University of Limerick. “In the new iBUS model toys are designed and created by our children instead of marketed to our children.”

In all of this there will be a new role for retailers that will see the return of local toy shops to our towns. The retailers will provide in-shop Fab Labs or Maker facilities, with new manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing. Here users, with little or no knowledge of design techniques, will be able to design their own toy product with the help of their local toy shop.  The retailers will work closely with local manufacturers, which can produce locally and sustainably small volumes or even exclusive products, into an international supply chain, with a quick turnaround.

Another great thing about this is the software safeguards within iBUS which will also ensure that the products designed will comply with all relevant product safety guidelines – no more lead infected toys!

“iBUS will enable toy and furniture manufacturers to selectively exploit disruptive technologies such as the Internet and 3D printing to locally fulfill the demand for safe customisable products,” said Con Sheahan, iBUS project coordinator at the University of Limerick. You can see how this will boost local and national economies to revitalize local retailing and manufacturing.

This project will run over three years and we are delighted to be part of this initiative – Mcor’s 3D printers will work perfectly in this new business model offering low cost, full colour and safe 3D models. It is also a turning point for manufacturing which now with the advent of accessible 3D printing makes highly customised goods possible locally.

So the next time your child throws a toy to one side you might just be able to recycle it or if they are looking for something more personalised perhaps they can design it themselves and have it produced locally. I think this future is certainly nearer than you might think!

 

 

 

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If any of you know your Irish history you will know that April 24th 2016 marks the centenary of one of our greatest milestones – the Easter Rising. On the run up to this historical event I have been studying this part of Irish history and have become pretty fascinated with how this event really links Irish history pre 1916 and post 1916. And in particular my personal interest in the man known as ‘The Big Fellow’ or Michael Collins.

Organised by seven members of the Military Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the Rising began on Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, and lasted for six days. Members of the Irish Volunteers — led by schoolmaster and Irish language activist Patrick Pearse, joined by the smaller Irish Citizen Army of James Connolly and 200 women of Cumann na mBan — seized key locations in Dublin and proclaimed an Irish Republic. The rising was a failure but the execution of its leaders stimulated huge public outcry in favour of an Irish Republic and a crop of new Irish revolutionaries were born. One of these upstarts was Michael Collins who went on to fight in the war of independence! Unfortunately this led to a civil war and the tragic death of my hero.

I first learned about Michael Collins last year when I watched Michael Collins, the movie, with my family. For the first time I felt really proud to be Irish, now fully aware of what it had taken to achieve Irish freedom. And with the recent 1916 Centenary commemorations taking place and much talk about the formation of our state I came to realise that Michael Collins was a very special man and an integral part of this achievement.

Michael Collins participated in the 1916 Rising and after a short term in prison he returned to Ireland and initiated the war of independence (1919-1921) – a guerrilla war fought from 1919 to 1921 between the Irish Republican Army and the British security forces in Ireland. During this period Collins himself was a master of disguise; nobody knew what he looked like and he cycled around Dublin with £10,000 on his head!  He also became the Minister of Finance in the first government in Ireland called the Dáil and in this capacity he raised half a million pounds to support this government.  Despite these stressful times he was also known to be great fun, enjoying a joke and a laugh – an integral part of being a real Irish person! To this point I heard one story about him suggesting that right in the middle of the War of Independence while many British detectives were looking for him he entered his dog in a dog competition and he just used a fake moustache to disguise himself! On the 22nd of August 1922 Michael Collins was shot dead in his home county of West-Cork. It was a tragic day for all and those on both sides of the civil war united in grief for a period of time. I think that this really shows that Michael Collins was very much loved by his friends and his enemies.

Over the last few weeks as part of the Easter Rising centenary celebrations we have visited a lot of the many monuments around Dublin city but one of my favourites to date has been Glasnevin cemetery – sounds a bit morbid for a 13 year old to be talking about a graveyard but Irish history lives and breathes here which sounds ironic but it’s true! As we walked around the graveyard, Irish history unfolded before our eyes. The struggle for Irish freedom evident everywhere and those who fought together and against each other lying side by side – how strange! From Daniel O’Connell (the Liberator), Charles Stewart Parnell (the Uncrowned King of Ireland) to those who fought in the Rising, War of Independence and the Civil War. Some of the graves were small, some quite elaborate (Daniel O’Connell’s body lies in its own tomb) but none with flowers, except one…….as we approached the grave of Michael Collins it was littered with flowers, a testament to the popular man he was. His funeral was indeed the biggest the graveyard has ever seen with 500,000 people in attendance – it seems his body was being lowered into the ground whilst there were still hundreds of people walking in the procession to the graveyard over a mile away!

For me this was a really special moment and one I really wanted to remember so I asked my Daddy if I could use his phone and with the 123D Catch app captured the grave in 3D – 123D Catch is a free app that lets you create 3D scans of virtually any object! The file produced from the app was really good particularly because it captured all the detail and in full colour. The Mcor Apps team then kindly took this file and prepared if for printing in full colour.

Here is the model that was printed – my very own full colour memorabilia of my trip to Michael Collin’s grave.

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3D printing is a great way to bring history to life and connect students with the past and with their heroes in some way. 3D printing Michael Collin’s grave in full colour on a Mcor printer really brought a moment to life for me and I can see lots of ways that this could help with lots of subjects I am studying at school. And as a keen history student I look forward to printing other things especially during this centenary year.

 

 

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