Mcor Technologies 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping 2016-05-23T12:33:23Z http://mcortechnologies.com/feed/atom/ Emma O'Brien <![CDATA[3D printing missing body parts for corpses]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27864 2016-05-23T12:27:58Z 2016-05-23T09:00:31Z 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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Emma O'Brien <![CDATA[Mcor Technologies Turns Logo into 3D Printed Bottle Opener for Hope Beer]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27891 2016-05-23T12:30:03Z 2016-05-17T16:00:45Z 3DPrint.com

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Deirdre MacCormack <![CDATA[Mcor Announces Partnership with Sketch-to-Scale™ Solutions Company, Flex]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27883 2016-05-17T14:28:01Z 2016-05-17T14:28:01Z 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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Emma O'Brien <![CDATA[Mcor to showcase at RAPID 2016]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27893 2016-05-23T12:32:00Z 2016-05-17T09:00:54Z 3D fab+print

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Emma O'Brien <![CDATA[3D printing – it’s the height of fashion!]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27857 2016-05-23T11:59:06Z 2016-05-16T09:00:33Z 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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Deirdre MacCormack <![CDATA[Creative Minds: Creative Disruption]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27838 2016-05-09T17:40:43Z 2016-05-09T17:40:43Z 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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Emma O'Brien <![CDATA[This Eco-Friendly Printer Can Turn Ordinary Paper Into a 3D Masterpiece]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27832 2016-05-06T09:43:03Z 2016-05-06T09:43:03Z Inc.com

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This Eco-Friendly Printer Can Turn Ordinary Paper Into a 3D Masterpiece

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Emma O'Brien <![CDATA[Play it safe: EU supports standardised 3D-printed toy platform]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27830 2016-05-05T14:58:49Z 2016-05-05T14:58:49Z EPPM

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Play it safe: EU supports standardised 3D-printed toy platform

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Emma O'Brien <![CDATA[The Fuel3D scanner and the Mcor Iris paper 3D printer!]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27828 2016-05-05T14:56:56Z 2016-05-05T14:56:56Z Cyber Space and Time

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The Fuel3D scanner and the Mcor Iris paper 3D printer!

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Emma O'Brien <![CDATA[A Future in which children will design and produce their own toys is nearer than you might think!]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=27826 2016-05-03T13:23:35Z 2016-05-03T13:23:35Z Printing 3D Today

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