Mcor Technologies 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping 2016-07-29T15:02:51Z http://mcortechnologies.com/feed/atom/ Emma O'Brien <![CDATA[Mcor ARKe can now 3D print in 2 million colours]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28077 2016-07-29T15:01:10Z 2016-07-29T15:01:10Z TCT Magazine

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Deirdre MacCormack <![CDATA[Pokémon Go gets real! By Ella Rose MacCormack]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28050 2016-07-22T17:11:11Z 2016-07-26T07:00:55Z 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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Emma O'Brien <![CDATA[Mcor adds new features to its ARKe 3D printer]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28067 2016-07-26T10:33:22Z 2016-07-25T17:00:54Z Make Parts Faster

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Emma O'Brien <![CDATA[Mcor Engineers Enhancing ARKe 3D Printer Further Before Shipping: More Software, Strength & Color]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28059 2016-07-25T16:28:44Z 2016-07-25T16:28:44Z 3DPrint.com

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Conor MacCormack <![CDATA[Mcor is an IPO Graduate]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28044 2016-07-25T09:16:23Z 2016-07-25T07:00:56Z 3D printing is an industry that has seen some highs and lows in the last five years. There was fantastical hype which seen many companies going public on a fraction of the revenues than in other industries.  Things were very frothy indeed and Mcor was courted by many underwriters during this period but we decided […]

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3D printing is an industry that has seen some highs and lows in the last five years. There was fantastical hype which seen many companies going public on a fraction of the revenues than in other industries.  Things were very frothy indeed and Mcor was courted by many underwriters during this period but we decided against going down this road at the time. Our Chairman, John Ryan, an innovator whose company, Macrovision (now Rovi Corporation) went all the way to IPO on the Nasdaq, guided us during this period and so we ended up doing a funding round instead. It was not right for us at the time and I have always consistently stated that it is all about getting our innovative products to market, whatever it takes to make this happen.

It just so happens that we have been getting our new product to market including the Mcor ARKe even without the support of an IPO. The world’s first full colour desktop 3D printer debuted at CES last January to rave reviews and anticipation and also became recipient of the Best of Innovation Award at this show.

However we never say never and when the opportunity came about to participate in an IPO-ready programme through the Irish Stock Exchange and Enterprise Ireland we said, “We’re in!”  It the first programme of its type they have run and it is designed to equip companies with crucial skills in raising capital, investor relations and business management.  I participated on this programme along with our CFO, Eoin Grindley and topics covered included corporate finance fundamentals, investor communication and governance. The course was divided into three phases, understanding your business, communicating your message and pitching and networking.  I feel the programme simply gets you ready for putting your ducks in a row when it comes to taking that next step to IPO even if it is down the road.

There is a small personal desire in myself and my co-founder Fintan MacCormack to be able to say we brought the company from a start-ups in the front room of my house to be a public company. However, ultimately for us it is about growing the company, making it a world leader in 3D printing and if the timing is right and IPO gives us the opportunity to scale we will take it!

We don’t have a rich history of companies going public in Ireland but I think this will change with this IPO Ready programme. It breaks down the steps required and makes it attainable. There is also signs of a new ‘start up’ culture emerging in Ireland; high growth companies usually internet based, global facing with SAS business models who will become prime targets for going public. Assuming that these companies will get seed and growth funding here I suspect that they will graduate on to IPO in the coming years or IPO may be an easier way for them to get funding in the first place!

For Mcor there was a lot of pressure to go down the IPO route at the height of the 3D printing hype mostly because they said that there would be a limit to the time for which the market would stay open. But I have always maintained that if you have a very good product, and you have a very good company, I think the market will always be open! An IPO for us may or may not be on the cards right now but we are certainly educating ourselves on what needs to be done and how to do it!

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Emma O'Brien <![CDATA[The Mcor ARKe 3D printer gets upgrades that push its models to 2 million colours]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28063 2016-07-26T10:30:10Z 2016-07-22T17:00:10Z DEVELOP3D

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Conor MacCormack <![CDATA[The Mcor ARKe just got better!]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28048 2016-07-22T12:00:52Z 2016-07-22T01:45:22Z Since launching the Mcor ARKe, the world’s first full-colour desktop 3D printer at CES 2016, we’ve come a long way towards achieving our vision of putting a 3D printer in every office, classroom and home.  The ARKe received several accolades from across the industry including buyers, dealers and the media – Pocket-lint’s Luke Edwards said […]

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Since launching the Mcor ARKe, the world’s first full-colour desktop 3D printer at CES 2016, we’ve come a long way towards achieving our vision of putting a 3D printer in every office, classroom and home.  The ARKe received several accolades from across the industry including buyers, dealers and the media – Pocket-lint’s Luke Edwards said the new printer “looks set to raise the bar in the market…!”  We’ve also taken the printer on a world tour since the launch, and enthusiasts in Istanbul, Düsseldorf, Milan, Barcelona, San Francisco, Orlando and New York City have seen the ARKe in action.

 

During this time, our engineering and design teams at home in Ireland worked around the clock to prepare the ARKe for shipment. Through their efforts, our team even identified ways to enhance the ARKe even further making it the most colour rich, professional desktop 3D printer on the market. So we’re excited to announce three new features that the Mcor ARKe will now include when it ships!

 

The three new features of the Mcor ARKe include:

 

  • More colours: I have always said that the ability to produce the highest colour quality is in the very DNA of our company and now ringing through to this we have managed to squeeze even more colours from the ARKe! We have achieved this through a combination of factors; a new paper ingredient, new compression software algorithms, new ink formulation and full utilisation of the print head. We are proud to say that we have the highest measured colour in the industry. What’s the magic number? 2 MILLION. Other 3D printers out there don’t even come close and we’re excited that our newest line pushes the boundaries even further in achieving photorealistic colour output.
  • More Strength: We’re constantly striving to innovate, even after the launch of a new product, and this is especially true with the ARKe. Since January, our team has developed a new ‘Power’ adhesive that will render the ARKe models double the stiffness of parts from previous printers. And for stronger parts comes stronger hardware – the ARKe now has higher load capacity slide rails, a precision heater and a reinforced chassis to withstand the higher press force required. With this update, the ARKe will make printed objects even more suitable for functional applications.
  • More software: Printing photorealistic, eco-friendly and strong objects is only half the battle – creating the files and ensuring the objects will print correctly is just as important. With the introduction of our new ‘Orange Peel’ software users will enjoy professional features that will assist with file preparation including splitting and joining files, colour and texturing and file modification including smoothing, solidifying and extruding surfaces.

 

With these new features, the Mcor ARKe is available immediately for purchase at €17,995/$17,995. For more information, please visit http://mcortechnologies.com/3d-printers/arke-3d-photorealistic-colour-printer.

 

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Emma O'Brien <![CDATA[Swedish reseller reaches new customers with GIS applications from the highest mountains to the bottom of the sea!]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28037 2016-07-29T09:41:04Z 2016-07-20T15:12:44Z “GIS is a very important application for me and, thanks to the Mcor IRIS, I am able to reproduce the world’s most breath-taking structures to wow audiences”. – Carl Schillander, founder of Thaiber 3DP AB. Although 3D printing has been around for over 30 years, it is still completely underused as a design and communication […]

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“GIS is a very important application for me and, thanks to the Mcor IRIS, I am able to reproduce the world’s most breath-taking structures to wow audiences”.
– Carl Schillander, founder of Thaiber 3DP AB.

Although 3D printing has been around for over 30 years, it is still completely underused as a design and communication tool in so many sectors. In particular colour 3D printing could be much more widely used for the purposes of printing GIS (geographic information systems) maps for communication and planning purposes.

Far beyond pure aesthetic purposes, GIS (geographic information systems) mapping can be very important for many applications. In education, GIS models magnifies efficiency and understanding. Researchers use it to evaluate and map data from many sources to create new theories and models. Teachers can enhance classroom assignments by applying mapping technology. Also for commercial purposes for determining new retail locations, identifying real estate hot zones and growth trends in real time. In the public sector, it can also be used to manage and plot data visually in order to make collaboration with crews and regulators seamless and simple. And for those who manage, preserve and restore our natural resources, you can easily see, share and analyse important data. And so, from flood and evacuation planning to preparation for a mountain hike, a 3D printed map can come in handy!

 

Reaching new heights
GIS enthusiast Carl Schillander of Thaiber 3DP AB, Mcor’s Swedish reseller, was keen to explore the possibilities for Mcor’s technology in the GIS sector and so set about printing Sweden’s highest mountain, called “Kebnekaise” on the Mcor IRIS. The Kebnekaise massif, which is part of the Scandinavian Mountains, has two peaks, of which the southern, glaciated one is highest at 2,097.5 metres above sea level (as of August 2014). “It is world famous in all of Sweden and is very popular amongst mountain hikers and climbers so I took this mountain based on a satellite image that has been “draped” over the height curves”, says Carl. “We took the official height curves and combined them with a satellite photo that I purchased and the result is great. Here we see the photorealism of Mcor’s technology put to the best use. You could never ever get this amount of details with competitor full colour printers, not to mention the price of doing a model this size!”

The importance of full colour in 3D printing can be seen in the model above as it allows you to easily identify the different sections of a mountainous region. Carl printed this particular model as he wanted to print something that Swedish people can relate to, something that was local. “The model is quite nice and I have displayed it at several shows and it always amazes people. I displayed it at a recent GIS conference in Sweden called “Kartdagarna” (Swedish Map Days) and so many specialists raved about it and it was also highlighted both in TV and newspapers”, said Carl. He continued: “I have been to plenty of seminars and brought samples with me showing mountains and other builds. These people have all been working with GIS, area planning etc so they are professionals but, still, they stand there in amazement and don’t believe what they see. They immediately tell me that this would be very useful and sometimes they don’t even think it is possible to do – even though the model is sitting right there in front of them!”
Showcasing nature’s underwater phenomena in 3D to help underwater explorers and marine museum

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Carl is also currently working with some major underwater explorers and a marine museum. “Since so much exists underwater that most people will never see and since the bottom of many seas are now sonar measured and many interesting wrecks are 3D-photographed, it is of course very possible to use Mcor’s unique technology to make models of sea beds and shipwrecks in any size”, says Carl.
The model showcased here was an initiative Carl took based on some pictures of a real shipwreck located off the east coast of Sweden. He explained “This particular one is from 1534 and is very unique. I made a 9-build display of it on the Mcor IRIS with a wreck side that is easy to lift away so you can look at what is underneath”.
These models were 3D printed in photorealistic colour on Mcor’s technology. They are durable and stable and can even be disposed of in the recycling bin for cradle-to-grave sustainability. At 10-20% the cost of any other 3D printing technology, this makes a significant difference when printing models of this size – it would just be prohibitive using alternative technologies because of extremely high material costs. And this is achieved by simply dividing the model up into several sections that can be easily fitted together after printing. Colour is also critical for GIS models adding texture and detail that would be lost on a monochrome model. Mcor is also the only tech to include the global-standard ICC (International Colour Consortium) colour map so Mcor 3D printers produce the industry’s most accurate and photorealistic WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) colour.
Carl is delighted with the GIS model results and sees this paving the way into penetrating a new market for him in Sweden. Carl has a very strong belief that GIS is one of the most perfect applications for Mcor 3D printing. In fact, he states: “At shows and seminars, I claim that NO OTHER 3DP system is even close to doing what can be done with Mcor’s technology.”

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Emma O'Brien <![CDATA[The trials of luring fast-growing firms to the ‘slow-moving machine’ of the Irish Stock Exchange]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28033 2016-07-18T14:22:09Z 2016-07-18T14:22:09Z FORA

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Deirdre MacCormack <![CDATA[A new Era for Desktop 3D printing]]> http://mcortechnologies.com/?p=28029 2016-07-15T10:28:47Z 2016-07-18T07:00:51Z The history of desktop 3D printing has been marked by phenomenal highs and catastrophic lows. Indeed 2016 has been marred with many disappointing lows; Solidoodle closing its doors, more layoffs at Makerbot and 3DS ceasing production of its Cube range of 3D printers. And you could be fooled by thinking that it is a technology […]

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The history of desktop 3D printing has been marked by phenomenal highs and catastrophic lows. Indeed 2016 has been marred with many disappointing lows; Solidoodle closing its doors, more layoffs at Makerbot and 3DS ceasing production of its Cube range of 3D printers. And you could be fooled by thinking that it is a technology somewhere in the rear view mirror along with 3D TVs. But think again!

The desktop market is alive and well. More than 275.000 desktop 3D printers were sold in 2015, up 160,000 in 2014, according to the 2016 Wohlers Report. By comparison in 2013 the market had just broken 80,000 units. While growth has slowed, it’s still moving fast!

Unfortunately the industry raced off to make the cheapest desktop printers money could buy that would be easy to use for beginners but these two things just don’t go hand in hand when it comes to hardware. Jumping the chasm from professional 3D printing to general public printing in the home is not an easy transition for any industry – making it cheaper, cheaper just does not make better, better!  It has been a race to the bottom and quality has suffered.

A recent IDC (International Data Corporation) report stated that the sub-$1,000 3D printer category is the slowest-growing segment based on the reduced demand for consumer-type 3D printers in the U.S. market and that the fastest-growing segment in the 3D printing industry is in the $25,000 to $100,000 price category.

So it looks like there is still a gap here in the market for a professional desktop 3D printer with the emphasis on plug and play capability which might just democratize ‘making’ in a professional sense. This would open the door to an array of businesses who want to introduce the technology into their companies and have not taken the plunge into 3D printing either due to the bad reputation of the low end desktop printers, the absence of full colour or simply lack of budget to go all the way to a $25,000 professional printer.

The Mcor ARKe launched at CES offers the right blend of attributes – desktop, professional, full colour and easy to use. We believe that this product is in some way a bridge to home 3D printing. Our vision as a company is to put a 3D printer in every office, classroom and home so the launch of the ARKe is a stepping stone to achieving this vision.

Some day we will see a 3D printer right next to your inkjet 2D printer in your home and I’ll bet it won’t smell of burning plastic or need an extraction unit! So perhaps we are entering a new era for desktop 3D printing – it is a time for taking a more professional approach to this side of the market and we plan to be a the forefront of this charge with the Mcor ARKe!

 

 

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