Mcor Technologies http://mcortechnologies.com/ 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping Mon, 30 May 2016 07:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Drupa goes big on 3D in 2016! http://mcortechnologies.com/drupa-goes-big-on-3d-in-2016/ http://mcortechnologies.com/drupa-goes-big-on-3d-in-2016/#respond Mon, 30 May 2016 07:00:56 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27939 Drupa 2016, the world’s leading trade fair for print and cross media solutions will for the first time open its doors to 3D printing this week. This year Drupa will provide a special platform for pioneering interdisciplinary technologies and 3D printing will play an important role in this new facet of the fair. The show […]

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Drupa 2016, the world’s leading trade fair for print and cross media solutions will for the first time open its doors to 3D printing this week. This year Drupa will provide a special platform for pioneering interdisciplinary technologies and 3D printing will play an important role in this new facet of the fair. The show takes place from May 31 – June 10, 2016 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany and the focus will be on innovation in this sector and we are happy to announce that Mcor will participate at Drupa and you will find us  in Hall 4, Booth C2.

I am delighted to see 3D printing become a part of Drupa as there is huge potential for 3D printing in many vertical markets and this shouldn’t be underestimated. In particular engineering, packaging design and marketing offering huge opportunities for manufacturers and also print providers. For many years at Mcor we have seen a shift in traditional 2D printing companies from 2D to 3D and these have the greatest of synergies with Mcor – our technology fits right in alongside any 2D printer line-up; it uses paper, prints in full colour and is clean and safe to use in any office, school etc.

We have seen first-hand some of our customers coming directly from the world of 2D printing. APP for example has more than 45 years of experience in the offset printing industry. It is located in the heart of Beirut’s Industrial City and employs over 110 people in the areas of pre-press, printing, folding and binding.  Since 2014, APP has provided a 3D print bureau service by adding to their current printing offerings full-colour 3D scanning and printing, with our technology – for this service they operate under the name MTP. For them there is a major commercial cross over with clients who are interested in 3D technology and that become at the same time clients at APP for their 2D print requirements or vice versa. It is also a green technology and fits perfectly with their ISO 14001 EMS. I think there will be real interest in these types of transitions at Drupa.

 

In addition you will see 3D printing dotted everywhere at Drupa – the 3D fab+print touchpoint will offer technology visitors a meeting point to drive interest in 3D. There will also be a series of presentations organised by the VDMA (German Engineering Federation) workgroup Additive Manufacturing in the 3d fab+print touchpoint. The Drupa cube is a special conference and event programme which will feature a wide range of applications for printed products in numerous industries and areas of life. This includes 3D printing and is designed to bridge the knowledge gap about the relevancy and functionality of print that often exists between printing professionals and their creative agency, marketing, and brand owner clients across a variety of vertical markets. 3D printing will also be featured in the Drupa innovation park, within the “Innovations in Printing Technologies” area.

Our team is looking forward to participating in this event as it is a milestone and in some ways a definitive intersection between 2D and 3D printing. We look forward to meeting new audiences that are sure to be interested in 3D and in a technology that offers low cost, full colour,  the best eco credentials and fits well with their current business.

So don’t forget to come visit us at Drupa 2016 in Hall 4, Booth C2!

 

 

 

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Mcor still Beats HP and Stratasys on full colour 3D Printing http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-still-beats-hp-and-stratasys-on-full-colour-3d-printing/ http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-still-beats-hp-and-stratasys-on-full-colour-3d-printing/#respond Fri, 27 May 2016 16:31:16 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27934 Last week HP launched its 3D printing offering and officially made its début in the 3D printing industry at RAPID 2016.  Even though when initial news broke in 2014 about their entry into the market, HP did outline their new platform and its capabilities, there was still a lot of anticipation about what the system […]

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Last week HP launched its 3D printing offering and officially made its début in the 3D printing industry at RAPID 2016.  Even though when initial news broke in 2014 about their entry into the market, HP did outline their new platform and its capabilities, there was still a lot of anticipation about what the system would actually have to offer. I was personally interested in whether it would stack up to the hype and expectations!

So what was announced on May 17th?

The MJF platform – two in total. The process is the same for both but they come in different sizes — the HP Jet Fusion 3200 (for rapid prototyping) and 4200 (for short-run production). Like they had promised it is clear that they are going down the road of industrial 3D printing and steering clear of the desktop market which they had dabbled in through their partnership with Stratasys some years back.

Now let’s look at what MJF 3D Printing claims  – ‘advancing the industry’ with ‘improved print speed (10 times faster than what is on the market today) and part quality’, ‘new colour capabilities’ and ‘reduced energy and waste’ — all at a significantly lower cost of ownership.

So what about the “breakthrough speed” claim of ‘producing more parts per day with continuous printing and fast cooling’. However we learned at launch that it is only the actual 3D printer platform that is commercially available right now, and you need “an additional” one of them for continuous printing. For the fast cooling you need ancillary equipment — the HP Jet Fusion 3D Processing Station — which will not be available until 2017. Not exactly what it had said on the tin!

Of course we were most interested in their colour claims. Surprisingly neither system offers full colour! So for all HP’s colour science expertise and full colour capabilities in traditional 2D printing we would have expected full colour to be central to their offering but for now it is a mono printer.

Currently Stratasys have been working hard in this space and recently launched a premier addition to the Objet Connex multi-colour series of 3D printers. This printer allows customers to choose from 360,000 colour shades.

To put this in context our new Mcor ARKe desktop 3D printer incorporates an inkjet print head which provides a DPI of 4800 x 2400. In terms of colours we can print 2 million colours – the most colour with the highest accuracy on the market. This is a significant difference and puts us on top in terms of full colour 3D printing capability ahead of Stratasys and HP – and not only that it’s colour right on your desktop!

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Although the launch of the HP printer is good for our industry as a whole – it essentially raises all the boats in the water but I believe it falls short somewhat on what was originally promised.  Having said that I do think it will find its place in the industry but it won’t be a slam dunk for every application. HP has arrived but I don’t think their arrival will have as dramatic an influence as people may have thought!

And all in all it is clear that we still beat HP and Stratasys on full colour 3D printing and clearly own this space in our industry!

 

 

 

 

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Reserve your Mcor ARKe NOW! http://mcortechnologies.com/reserve-your-mcor-arke-now/ http://mcortechnologies.com/reserve-your-mcor-arke-now/#respond Tue, 24 May 2016 16:52:30 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27897 Since our launch at CES 2016 there has been a lot of excitement and anticipation for the Mcor ARKe – the world’s first full colour desktop 3D printer. The Mcor ARKe has been the focus of much media coverage over the last few months; Fortune has called the ARKe “Too good to be true”…a 3D printer that churns out […]

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Since our launch at CES 2016 there has been a lot of excitement and anticipation for the Mcor ARKe – the world’s first full colour desktop 3D printer.

The Mcor ARKe has been the focus of much media coverage over the last few months; Fortune has called the ARKe 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.” TCT Magazine described it as “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.”

We have also experienced unprecedented demand for the product with pre-orders for the printer swelling to 5000 units over the last few months. To help manage demand, we have recently added a ‘Reserve’ button to our website. This reservation will secure priority within your region for delivery of your Mcor ARKe.

Reservations for the Mcor ARKe began on May 17th worldwide. All you have to do is go to the Mcor website and click on the reserve banner on the homepage. Click this and it will take you to the Mcor ARKe page – there you will find the reserve button. This reservation will prioritise delivery within your region and the actual purchase order will be processed by your local Mcor dealer.

We know that everyone will want their Mcor ARKe as quickly as possible so our goal is to achieve customer satisfaction by prioritising order delivery. We are very excited about shipping the Mcor ARKe and we don’t want anyone to be disappointed so this is your chance to get in the queue so to speak.

So to be one of the first to experience full colour 3D printing on the desktop get in line for your Mcor ARKe now!

 

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3D printing missing body parts for corpses http://mcortechnologies.com/3d-printing-missing-body-parts-for-corpses/ http://mcortechnologies.com/3d-printing-missing-body-parts-for-corpses/#respond Mon, 23 May 2016 09:00:31 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27864 Here’s an interesting 3D printing application: I read recently that a Chinese funeral home is 3D printing missing body parts for corpses. The Longhua funeral home in Shanghai is thought to be the first in China to use 3D printing for this purpose. Their undertakers provide a service for incomplete bodies with face recreation. “Sometimes bodies are […]

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Here’s an interesting 3D printing application: I read recently that a Chinese funeral home is 3D printing missing body parts for corpses. The Longhua funeral home in Shanghai is thought to be the first in China to use 3D printing for this purpose. Their undertakers provide a service for incomplete bodies with face recreation. “Sometimes bodies are brought to the funeral home that have been damaged or are incomplete in some way,” said a report on CRIEnglish.com. “The 3D printing technique enables a more accurate and easier repair process.” I couldn’t agree more.

 

Here at Mcor, we have produced 3D models to showcase how our unique technology can be used in the medical and forensics industries. I firmly believe our 3D printers could be utilised in the funeral industry as the models would be produced purely for aesthetic reasons. Without sounding insensitive, 3D printing is a perfect way to “manufacture spare parts” for dead bodies. It would especially help burn victims or those who have lost limbs or who have damaged facial features in order to make the corpse look presentable in an open casket. It could also help reassure families of the deceased to know that their loved one can be laid out in a casket and made look like nothing had ever happened to them.

 

According to the article I read, use of 3D technology for a face recreation would cost about 4000-5000 yuan, or £430 to £540. The cost of producing these parts on a Mcor 3D printer is a fraction of the cost of other competitors’ 3D printers (between 10-20% the cost of any other 3D printing technology). Furthermore, our 3D models are so life-like that people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a real and 3D printed body part. With full-colour, there is a fantastic level of detail which helps makes the model look real.

 

I’ve also learned that there are also a number of other applications for 3D printing in certain funeral homes in the US such as producing 3D-printed cremation urns and busts. Having a true-to-life 3D-printed bust is a nice way to remember your deceased loved one. 3D printing is booming in China and the US – I’m sure it won’t be long before the rest of the world catches up!

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Mcor Announces Partnership with Sketch-to-Scale™ Solutions Company, Flex http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-announces-partnership-with-sketch-to-scale-solutions-company-flex/ http://mcortechnologies.com/mcor-announces-partnership-with-sketch-to-scale-solutions-company-flex/#respond Tue, 17 May 2016 14:28:01 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27883 The Flex partnership will support the roll out of the world’s first full- colour desktop 3D printer, Mcor ARKe   DUNLEER, IRELAND, May 17, 2016 – Mcor, the leader in full-color 3D printing, today announced its partnership with Flex, the sketch-to-scale solutions company that provides innovation, design, engineering, manufacturing and supply chain solutions to just about […]

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The Flex partnership will support the roll out of the world’s first full-
colour desktop 3D printer, Mcor ARKe

 

DUNLEER, IRELAND, May 17, 2016 – Mcor, the leader in full-color 3D
printing, today announced its partnership with Flex, the sketch-to-scale
solutions company that provides innovation, design, engineering,
manufacturing and supply chain solutions to just about every industry.
This partnership supports the recent launch of the Mcor ARKe, the
worlds first full-colour desktop 3D printer.

Working together, Mcor and Flex will deliver a flexible manufacturing
model that will enable Mcor to realize their vision of putting a 3D
printer in every office, classroom and home.

Mcor, an innovation focused company, has been actively working on a
new product line over the last two years. The Mcor ARKe is the first
product to launch from this line. The partnership with Flex supports this
growth strategy by providing “on-demand” manufacturing of Mcor
award-winning desktop printer. Flex also brings a wealth of expertise in
supply chain management and design.

Since the launch of the Mcor ARKe in January 2016, Mcor ARKe has been
the focus of much media coverage from the likes of Fortune to Xconomy.
Mcor has also experienced unprecedented demand for the product with
pre-orders for the printer swelling to 5000 units over the last few
months. To help manage demand, Mcor has recently added a ‘Reserve
Now’ button to their website. This reservation will secure priority
within your region for delivery of the Mcor ARKe.

“With the decision to take steps into the desktop market with a
disruptive technology, we understood well that we would need a
manufacturing model to support this growth strategy,
MacCormack, co-founder and CEO of Mcor Technologies.
best in the world at what they do, and our partnership with them will
help us scale to the demand for the Mcor ARKe and other products that
follow.”

“Mcor is a very innovative company in the fast growing 3D printing
industry, and has been bringing high quality pioneering products to
market for over ten years,” said Caroline Dowling, Flex president,
Communications & Enterprise Compute (CEC). “We are delighted to be
their scaling partner, collaborating to bring innovative supply chain and
high-quality, advanced manufacturing to Mcor and their new product
line.”

Combining Flex’s world class manufacturing capability with Mcor
innovative product line will most certainly create an opportunity to
provide rapidly delivered product at the highest manufacturing quality
– a valuable partnership in an industry of increasing volumes.

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About Mcor
Mcor Technologies Ltd is an innovative manufacturer of the world
most affordable, full-colour 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. www.mcortechnologies.com.

For more information, contact:

Mcor
Deirdre MacCormack
+353416862800
deirdre@mcortechnologies.com

SHIFT Communications
Emily Wienberg
(617) 779-1815
mcor@shiftcomm.com

 

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3D printing – it’s the height of fashion! http://mcortechnologies.com/3d-printing-its-the-height-of-fashion/ http://mcortechnologies.com/3d-printing-its-the-height-of-fashion/#respond Mon, 16 May 2016 09:00:33 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27857 Every year, the world’s biggest celebrities from the fashion, music and film industries come together dressed to the nines for the prestigious Met Gala. For those who don’t know, the Met Gala is a high-profile fundraising event that raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It also marks […]

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Every year, the world’s biggest celebrities from the fashion, music and film industries come together dressed to the nines for the prestigious Met Gala. For those who don’t know, the Met Gala is a high-profile fundraising event that raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It also marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. The Gala is no ordinary fundraiser as it draws attention from the media and people everywhere who are eager to see how their favourite celebs will be dressed on the night.

 

There is a different theme to the Met Gala each year and it’s always interesting to see how it is interpreted. Last year’s theme was “China: Through the Looking Glass” (inspired by the Met’s exhibition by the same name) and celebrities turned up wearing Chinese inspired designs. You may remember Lady Gaga showing up at last year’s event looking like a Chinese princess and was almost unrecognisable! This year, in line with the Met’s recently launched exhibition Manus x Machina, the theme was “Fashion in the Age of Technology”. Celebs on the red carpet proved that technologies such as 3D printing are really the future of fashion.

 

Here at Mcor, we were delighted to see this year’s theme involving 3D printed items. “Girls” actress Allison Williams was adorned in an ethereal one-shouldered gown, designed by Peter Pilotto, which was embellished with lots of 3D printed flowers. It was all about the embellishments on the night! You could see layered paillettes in Brie Larson’s shimmering Proenza Schouler frock and in the floppy sequinned Louis Vuitton dress worn by Taylor Swift. Young internet personality, Cameron Dallas, was given a personalised cupcake by TopShop which featured his face 3D printed on it.

 

However, there was very little 3D printed jewellery to be seen on the red carpet this year. As I flicked through the photos of the celebs published in Vogue after the event, I thought “Wouldn’t it be great if more celebs would wear 3D printed jewellery?” – such as those that can, for example, be seen in the VANINA collection of 3D printed jewellery. VANINA is a self-proclaimed ‘Responsibly Capricious’ label established in Beirut, Lebanon by childhood friends Tatiana Fayad and Joanne Hayek. Their beautiful collection of 3D printed jewellery, printed on the Mcor IRIS, includes earrings, necklaces and hairpieces. The company owners are constantly looking for synergies between fashion and sustainability. That’s why they turned to Mcor 3D printers as they offer the world’s most eco-friendly and safe solution.

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From this year’s Met Gala, we can clearly see how technologies like 3D printing are revolutionising and breathing new life into the fashion industry by offering cool new ways of creating both new materials and unconventional designs. So, the question remains: is 3D printing the future of fashion? I, for one, believe it definitely is. Seeing first-hand how there is no limit to what 3D printing can do for fashion, I believe that, one day, 3D printed fashions will be worn by everyone. We should definitely get Dutch designer and 3D printing fashion pioneer, Iris van Herpen, on the case for next year’s Met Gala in a bid to see Mcor’s 3D printed jewellery on the red carpet!

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Creative Minds: Creative Disruption http://mcortechnologies.com/creative-minds-creative-disruption/ http://mcortechnologies.com/creative-minds-creative-disruption/#respond Mon, 09 May 2016 17:40:43 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27838 Last year the US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin F. O’Malley launched a new cultural endeavour entitled ‘The Creative Minds Series’. The series aims to tighten cultural ties between the US and Ireland and inspire creativity in young people which is indeed right up our street at Mcor!! Last week Conor was invited to speak at […]

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Last year the US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin F. O’Malley launched a new cultural endeavour entitled ‘The Creative Minds Series’. The series aims to tighten cultural ties between the US and Ireland and inspire creativity in young people which is indeed right up our street at Mcor!!

Last week Conor was invited to speak at the US Embassy in Ireland’s Annual Economic Conference entitled – Creative Minds: Creative Disruption. The event was part of the Creative Minds series which engages prominent US and Irish innovators and artists to connect the next generation of Irish and American leaders. So the conference featured speakers and disruptors whose innovations challenge the status quo, transforming industries, revolutionizing the way we work and live and driving the dynamism in the US –Irish shared economy. All in all Conor fitted right into the mix here and the different conference sessions made for really interesting discussion.

The opening session came from US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin F. O’Malley. He posed the really pertinent question, what is the real difference between innovation and disruption. According to him it’s not exactly clear cut, but there are real distinctions – disruptors are innovators, but not all innovators are disruptors!

Innovators and disruptors are both creative and ultimately are ‘makers’ of some sort. However disruptors play left field and create things that change how we think, behave, do business, learn and go about our day-to-day. O’Malley quoted Harvard Business School professor and disruption guru Clayton Christensen – “a disruption displaces an existing market, industry, or technology and produces something new and more efficient and worthwhile. It is at once destructive and creative.” At the heart of Mcor is the desire to disrupt, make a difference and change how people view their work. The great thing is our product, the Mcor ARKe is also a disruptive tool and really aims to bring out the creativity in all.

Bob Savage, the President of the American Chamber of Commerce-Ireland was up next and he spoke on the topic, Innovation is for Everyone. As MD of EMC Ireland he reflected that ‘disruption’ often is seen as coming from outside of a company. Instead he suggested that it is all about leveraging the talent within – it’s as much about the people as about the technology and it is relevant across all departments in an organisation. He talked about thinking ‘big’ and acting on ideas – this requires risk taking attributes and a proper eco-system to go with it.  All in all this is Mcor’s core raison d’être – to innovate, to think big and to bring our ideas to market. You definitely need to be ‘bold’ and not afraid to be ‘bold’ with big ideas – this is the route to disruption!

A fireside chat with Rob Reeg, President, Mastercard Technologies, followed. He talked about digital disruption in the payment landscape. A turning point for this company came when they went public which forced them to define what type of company they were – financial services vs technology? Now the company most people associate with a piece of plastic is going virtual, digital, and biometric. Reeg says Mastercard sought innovation within and incentivised teams to come up with new ideas – one of these is the ‘selfie check’ scanning in the blink of an eye! Despite all this, and for all efforts toward a cashless future, the vast majority of the world’s transactions—some 85%—are still conducted in cash. But Reeg believes that little by little we will get there!

Michael O’Leary, CEO, of Ryanair was next to speak on Revolutionising Air Travel in Europe. O’Leary took a leaf out of Southwest air’s book and implemented a similar business model and as a result transformed air travel in Europe. Love or hate his very direct manner O’Leary really did fundamentally change our lives – pure disruption! But it does not stop there, he talked about continually having to evolve as the market changes – this is the secret to sustaining disruption! And all markets change and evolve – 3D printing is no different; once a market full of expensive industrial printers we have recently seen phenomenal growth in the desktop sector. Our new printer, the Mcor ARKe is bringing full colour to the desktop and so disrupting the desktop space. As O’Leary says it is about continually evolving to sustain disruption – never standing still!

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There were many breakout sessions and Conor took part in one entitled, Reimagining Creative Industries. The panel consisted of representatives from education, animation and VR. Panellists were asked if they considered themselves disruptors. All flipped this question suggesting that they did not consider themselves disruptors but by the work they do simply are just that. Conor talked about being driven by the vision and a desire to change the world with a disruptive idea. Paper based 3D printing is disruptive and still unique in the 3D printing industry. Others on the panel talked about being driven by the ‘why’ and a desire to produce excellent work.

The panel then discussed problems facing each member of the panel in his/her industry. Panellists agreed that educating people on the virtues of new tech and remaining as relevant as possible to new audiences is paramount. Although a fairly mature technology (over 30 years old) 3D is still in its infancy in terms of adoption. So we do see it as our job to educate and enlighten new audiences about 3D printing. Our new product Mcor ARKe targets a new audience – the creative market. In that sense we are breaking new ground, swimming to a new blue ocean of users.

One of the biggest questions discussed was, how do we make a ‘creative can do’ attitude more inclusive? Conor stated a simple response – Mcor make 3D printing hardware and software but it is our job to also join the dots required to make 3D printing as easy as printing on paper! It is creating that human link with technology – all of the panellists agreed that this applied to their industries also. Reducing the barriers to interaction with technology is the key and it is something that we always have our eye on.

 

All in all it was great to be a part of this conference with the focus on unleashing creativity, innovation and disruption. Mcor looks forward to further disruption with the Mcor ARKe in the year ahead!

 

 

 

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This Eco-Friendly Printer Can Turn Ordinary Paper Into a 3D Masterpiece http://mcortechnologies.com/this-eco-friendly-printer-can-turn-ordinary-paper-into-a-3d-masterpiece/ http://mcortechnologies.com/this-eco-friendly-printer-can-turn-ordinary-paper-into-a-3d-masterpiece/#respond Fri, 06 May 2016 09:43:03 +0000 http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27832 Inc.com

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