Great Potential

This past week I ran across a site for a new 3d printer that uses standard office paper as its consumable media. How cool is that? The resolution looks pretty good, and given that they are advertising the cost of consumables (paper, cutting blades) at 40 times less expensive than other 3d printers, this could be revolutionary. The basic premise is simple. Like other fabrication technologies, the MCOR Matrix software slices the model into layers which, in this case, are the thickness of 20lb. office paper. It then cuts the profile of each layer out of the paper and uses a PVA-based adhesive to bond the layers together. From reading the FAQ, it sounds like the adhesive is applied much like an inkjet printer.

While this printer is still in development, it appears that it is close to coming to the market, unlike some other alternative fabricating technologies.

We have tried to break the current trend of system manufactures that follow the 2D printer market who on the one hand offer machines with ever reducing capital cost while on the other making 40-50% revenue on materials. The core material for the Mcor Matrix is paper (which is purchased by the end user) with the blade and adhesive supplied by Mcor Technologies at a volume discounted prices. The total cost of ownership, factoring in the consumables makes our system the best value for money in real costs.

MCOR Matrix

3 thoughts on “Great Potential

  1. Greetings Folks,

    Excellent blog! I just received an email from Forrest, via my collaborator (Del Harrow) about your website. Not sure if I’m able to post or not (and if I am, how to do so).

    Are you familiar with the dyi 3d printer developed at Cornell? Would love some feedback on this, since I was considering doing this with students this fall. $2,400 in parts and you can print in chocolate??!?!

    http://www.fabathome.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page

    Here’s a little about me: I’m an architect and “artist of sorts” currently teaching digital fabrication at Penn State School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Prior to this, I ran the CADCAMLAB at Harvard Graduate School of Design after completing my Masters there.

    As y’all know, digital tools are being embraced by creators of all kinds to bridge the divide between the virtual and the physical. Consequently, collaboration and “knowledge swapping” are opening up exciting transdisciplinary avenues… This is a remarkable time to play!

    I have experience with: 3D RP machines (Objet – CRAZY nice machine!, ZCorp – fast and cheap, and Dimension – ugh!), Laser cutters, 3 axis CNC mill, laserscanning, 3D input devices (Roland and Microscribe), and a Phantom Digital Clay Carver. I’ve also played around with a lot of different software, but have primarily used (read, “wrestled with”) with Maya for the past few years.

    Anywho… hoping to participate in this forum some how if possible. Exciting stuff!

  2. Hi dclento,

    I have not used the Fab@Home printer yet, but I have been to a info session with the PhD candidate who is developing it, and I am purchasing one for our program at the Tyler School of Art. It will probably be late fall or after the first of the year before we have it and get it running.

    In any case, I would love to chat. Give me an email at chad (at) fabricatingideas.com

    Chad

  3. David,

    Welcome. I’ve taken a brief look at your firm’s website and it appears as if you all have been involved in some unique projects. And you’ve had a great time playing with some super toys! As time goes on, we sure invite your thoughts on Fabricating Ideas , the tools, posts, etc.

    FI is a selection of five artists and two facilitators/co-curators. The “About” page has a brief synopsis.

    I am particularly interested in your Harvard experience, as I am about to move to Dorchester, MA and will be looking for like minded folks and facilities in the area. Another common interest is architecture. I’ll send you an email, off blog.

    Forrest

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