Let’s Go Green on St Patrick’s Day
Today is St Patrick’s Day. St Patrick’s Day is the patron saint of Ireland and renowned for bringing Christianity to Ireland. Today celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, Céilí (Irish traditional music sessions), and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks. On St Patrick’s Day it is customary to wear shamrocks and/or green clothing or accessories (the “wearing of the green”). St Patrick is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. See image below of a 3D printed shamrock, printed on Mcor’s technology –
3D Printer on Mcor Paper Based 3D Printer
The colour green has been associated with Ireland since at least the 1640s, when the green harp flag was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on St Patrick’s Day since at least the 1680s. See images below of St Patrick’s Day Parades –
While the entire country will go green for St Patrick’s Day tomorrow we at Mcor do our best to be green all year around! So, I thought I would use ‘St Patrick’s Day’ to talk about the importance of being ‘Green’ all the time!
For us, being green is our way. From day one, Conor and Fintan felt that if 3D printing were to truly make it to the classroom, office, hospital, design house and beyond in a pervasive way, then it would require a low cost, full colour and eco-friendly solution. It was with this thought of developing a printer with ‘zero-running’ costs that they pursued the idea of a paper based 3D printer, and an eco-friendly platform was always the goal.
This was a bold step, as it was very different than the focus of other 3D printer manufacturers who were and continue to be focused on using plastic, resins and powder in their 3D printers. In the past, being eco-friendly may have been regarded as a ‘nice to have,’ but more and more we are seeing it as a ‘must have’ criteria especially for education, medical and governmental applications.
It is great to be able to say that after their useful life, Mcor models can be tossed in the recycling bin for cradle-to-grave sustainability. Our printers spare users the damaging substances, including chemicals, fumes, airborne micro particles or toxic waste, involved with competing brands. So it is no surprise that among the many awards we have scooped over the years, a Green Award is one of them! The 3D Print Show awarded Mcor the Green Award in 2014, selected by the voting public giving reassurance that Mcor is the real ‘Green’ deal!
The newest addition to Mcor’s eco-friendly line of printers is the Mcor ARKe which also happens to be the World’s first full-colour desktop 3D printer. The Mcor ARKe also brings safety and eco-friendliness to the desktop market. Toxicity and emissions are not an issue for the Mcor ARKe, which uses a bio paper fully optimized for full colour eco-friendly 3D printing. This paper is also chlorine free, has an archival life of 200 years and bears the mark of responsible forestry. The other wonderful merits of using a safe, clean, eco-friendly material like paper is a technology that offers the industry’s highest-resolution colour at the lowest operating costs; Mcor’s SDL is between 10-20% the cost of any other 3D printing technology on the market!
We are proud to say that we have developed the only line of 3D printers that are safe and eco-friendly, and we are doing our bit for the environment in an industry that is less than ‘green’ right now. Mcor’s vision is to put a 3D printer into every classroom, office and home, and in order to do this we will persist with the development of eco-friendly 3D printers because although it is St Patrick’s day today and green is the colour, is not just about today, a single day, it is about every day and making this a greener planet.
Happy St Patrick’s Day!