Mcor Technologies Ltd is an innovative manufacturer of the world’s most affordable, full colour and eco-friendly 3D printers. Mcor Technologies printing can also be used for 3D modeling and rapid prototyping. They are the only 3D printers to use ordinary business-letter paper as the build material, a choice that renders durable, stable and tactile models.
As we know 3D models helps us ‘visualise’ in 3D and for someone like me without great 3D visualization ability, this is like some kind of magic – suddenly a model comes alive from the computer screen and into your hand! Taking this one step further, if I am a city planner and want to visualize an entire city, 3D printing performs like some kind of crystal ball – instantly increasing the physical enhancement of spatial perspective. GIS applications for various sectors can produce a lot of thematic data which can be 3D printed and this expedites the process of discussions or negotiations in city planning and enhances mutual understanding among the different stakeholders.
Our dealer in Sweden recently brought one such example to my attention – a large map of Gothenburg was produced for the city planning office. Unfortunately, I just have permission to show a small part of the entire map, but this does demonstrate the benefits of having a detailed 3D map to both display publicly and for actually city planning.
The 3D data was produced from aviation photos and the 3D model made in 16 blocks – see pics below
The map measures 106cm x 70cm and as you can see illustrates in detail the buildings, roads and terrain of the city.
The full colour in the model adds value in terms of providing a true colour representation of the city with texture.
This is a great application for full colour 3D printing that will in time change how we plan all of our cities!
Mcor Technologies Ltd is an innovative manufacturer of the world’s most affordable, true colour and eco-friendly 3D printers. These are the only 3D printers to use ordinary business A4 and letter sized paper as the build material, a choice that renders durable, stable and tactile models.
Mcor currently operates from offices in Ireland and the USA and sells through a network of approved resellers across the globe who sell, install and support MCOR products.
The Support Engineer’s key responsibility is ensuring that all re-sellers and customers can efficiently produce top quality 3D models. Specific responsibilities include:
Conduct installations and training for Mcor 3D printers at re-seller / customer sites
Conduct classroom training for re-sellers at Mcor HQ
Provide remote and onsite support to re-sellers and end customers
Provide emergency and ongoing support to re-sellers and end customers remotely or by travelling to site at short notice
Support the development of the service department and systems to enable first class support to customers
Completion of customer reports and updating of service database
Develop new training manuals and training videos for web portal download to existing customers and re-sellers
Support the development of future 3D printer products
ABOUT THE CANDIDATE
Background & experience
Degree level in engineering an advantage
Min of 2 years the service and/or maintenance experience, ideally in the 3D printing industry
A knowledge and aptitude for engineering essential
Competent IT Skills (MS Office)
Strong interpersonal skills
Exceptional analytical and fault finding / diagnostic skills
Well organised and prides themselves in attention to detail
Ability to be assertive to achieve goals
Can work on own initiative
Self-motivated & able to work without close supervision
A genuine interest in business
A high level of work ethic and a 100% commitment striving for best results
A desire to be a team player with excellent communication skills
MCOR is innovative, hardworking, ambitious and principled.
Competitive and commensurate with qualifications & experience.
I was recently interviewed by, ‘Women in 3D Printing’, founder Nora Toure and as well as asking me questions about how I got into 3D printing in the first place she asked me about what I thought of 3D Printing today and where it is all going.
Over the past 5 years we have been on a bit of a rollercoaster ride during which we have seen 3D printing hit the heights of the hype and the depths of disillusionment. There was a time when if the printer did not fit on a desktop and extruded plastic then it just was not relevant. Industry analysts were bullish on the adoption of the technology; we were fed a future with a 3D printer in every home and major retailers began selling them online and in stores.
Fast forward to today and we see the industry swing in completely the opposite direction – if it’s not 3D printing for production and direct manufacturing then the analysts, investment community and media are not as interested! If it is not 3D printing a part of a jet engine, then it’s not worthy! It would seem that the prototyping market is now the poor relation in the industry despite the fact that it is growing at a CAGR of 29% and to a predicted value of $12 billion by 2020 according to Wohlers.
The importance of prototyping to the product development cycle cannot be overstated, and 3D printing right now presents an invaluable tool for speeding the time to market. In fact, the greatest ROI is still in the beginning phases of product development with prototypes increasing time to market. It may not be the sexiest application out there, but it is the foundational cornerstone of the AM industry.
However, there will be continued improvements in printers focused on prototyping. The quality and capability of these printers will step up their offering in terms of speed, material, reliability and colour capability. We may also see potential convergence of technologies which would offer a ‘one stop shop’ solution.
As manufacturers, we are all responsible for shaping the future and reaching the ultimate goals for this industry. Adoption of AM technology for manufacturing is a long-term goal and will be driven by product lifecycle and this can vary industry to industry – 3 years, 5 years, 10 years or more. For example, in the automotive industry it won’t be a case of printing an entire car right away, it may start with an area like tooling and will expand from there once AM has proved itself so to speak.
The hardware is one thing but for additive manufacturing to succeed, all elements of the ecosystem must work together including software and materials. We are starting to see this happen particularly on the software side as software is becoming more optimised for additive processes.
Clearly, the future is bright for 3D printing in the industrial space. Suffice to say 3D printing car parts in the future for example, will be as easy and fast as printing on your 2D printer, saving time in development and millions of dollars. But for now we need to get more focused on what we can do now and the rest will come. There is plenty of scope for development right across the board in 3D printing – from transforming design processes to fully utilising functional prototypes.
And at Mcor we are very focused on innovation and the next technologies we will bring to the industry in the future – innovation that will cross into end-use parts and beyond. It is exciting times in 3D printing and we look forward to being a part of it.
As a designer jeweller it is important that the pieces I design and make are very wearable as well as desirable. I love using Mcor’s 3D printed paper technology: the resulting pieces feel ‘soft’ & warm, & jewellery light to wear. It is also the eco-friendliest of all the 3D printing process.
Ann Marie Shillito, Anarkid 3D
As a jewellery designer, Ann Marie Shillito’s work has always involved colour, whether achieving this on the refractory metals titanium and niobium by anodising them, or dying anodised aluminium. So when Ann Marie was introduced to full colour 3D printing with Mcor’s technology she found an accessible, simple way to achieve full colour 3D printed jewellery.
Over the years we have worked with some exceptional designers who have brought the best out in our technology so to speak. This can surely be said about Ann Marie Shillito from Anarkik 3D who we have worked with since 2010 and in that eight years she has produced the most amazing pieces.
This blog explores her odyssey with paper based 3D printing.
The Odyssey begins with mono design in paper
Ann Marie’s company, Anarkik3D’s offers a haptic 3D modelling programme developed for designer makers & applied artists and Mcor worked closely with Anarkik3D on getting compatibility right at our end with a file export format to 3D print in mono and full colour.
These were the first test pieces that Mcor printed in 2010 in white paper for Anarkik3D. The three models were created by 3 designers who were using Anarkik 3D Design package.
Left: model of a red blood corpuscle by Sandra Wilson
Right: model by Tavs Jorgensen.
Left: bangle by Ann Marie Shillito in white paper
Right: in process of being painted
Above. Designs 3D printed in paper.
Like any relationship there is a learning process – understanding the constraints of each type of printing system, the processes for layering, the types and form of the materials used, their properties and the best ways to protect and finish.
The Odyssey continues in full colour
Ann Marie has really worked with her designs, and when Mcor introduced full colour in 2013 this was the start of another journey, this time in full colour.
One of the first full colour pieces Ann Marie made using our technology was a beautiful necklace printed as a special gift for Kerry Hogarth and me!
See above necklace design in Anarkik software
End product – full colour 3D printed necklace in 3D sealed and fisced to neck wire of Ninjaflex using ‘loom’ bands
A presentation at the 3D printshow in London in May 2015.
As CMO of Mcor I attend many functions and this necklace is perfect to highlight our technology’s full colour capability and 3D printing as a great technology for designer makers and artists to engage with.
Neckpiece for ACJ’s touring 20:20 Vision exhibition:
To celebrate ACJ’s 20th anniversary, the exhibition 20:20 Visions showed the best of contemporary jewellery.
The exhibition was in two parts: 20:20 had 20 of ACJ’s most prominent members (past & present) showing one piece from circa 1997 and one more recent piece.
Screen capture of one bead designed using Anarkik 3D Design package
Finished neckpiece with beads strung on Ninjaflex and on display at exhibition
Ann Marie Shillito: finishing her neck pieces
ACJ’s touring 20:20 Vision exhibition catalogue showing Ann Marie’s new neck piece (right) This piece designed digitally and produced using industrial technologies
Jewellery produced for ‘3D Schmuck’ exhibition at GalerieV&V in Vienna, October 2017 – ‘Variations’.
Designs were created using Anarkik 3D Design Package.
Finished Jewellery (pendant, earrings, brooch, pin and ring) using the 3D printed parts produced on the Mcor ARKe.
Annemarie was able to achieve a professional finish by using our two part sealant .
The concept here was giving the customer the opportunity to have different ring tops to mix and match to suit mood, outfit, event – customisation at its best and when we see 3D printing come into its own. Printing the ring tops on the Mcor ARKe afforded Annmarie the opportunity to print in glorious technicolour patterns. Annmarie also liked the green credentials of the technology which she felt was also a plus for a customer who can wear the rings in the knowledge that the product is safe. Overall as a designer, the ARKe gives Annmarie lots of scope to cater for what customers want and fit with current trends in colour!
The ring shank is 3D printed in steel and in different finger sizes. The shank slots through the ring top and once on the finger the top is held securely in place, yet is easily taken off and swopped for a different top.
Screen capture of designs for 3D printing in paper in colour. Designs created using Anarkik 3D Design
3D printed paper units being finished by hand and tested for fit
Finished jewellery: 5 ring tops in 3D printed and sealed paper units, with metal ring shanks.
For Annmarie the feel of the 3D printed paper is very appealing: softer and warmer than other 3D printing materials and she has used quite a few of these different materials (polyamide, resin, wax, ABS, PLA, sandstone, alumide, bronze, steel, titanium) over the years in samples to test for robustness, for handling in the workshops and as finished jewellery.
In addition to this according to Annmarie the ARKe uses paper and is the greenest of the 3D print technologies and goes a long way to reduce the carbon footprint.
Finally as a designer she can design in full colour to be printed in full colour.
It has been great working with Annmarie since 2010 and watching her journey into full colour 3D printing and her work really exemplifies how customised design in the full colour is really the holy grail!
The RapidPro tradeshow is now in its 8th year at the NH Conference Center Koningshof in Veldhovenis, the Netherlands. It is very much an international trade fair with solutions for all phases of prototyping, (low volume) production and product development.
This year our dealer, Aga Color, will exhibit on booth #123 so you can see the Mcor ARKe on display printing in full colour. Not only that you will also see our new feature, AWR (Automatic Waste Removal) in action – this prints full colour 3D models in half the time!
This year the show will also host a ‘hall of fame’ contest – the hall of fame models will be on display at the show. Mcor Hall of Fame models will consist of a variety of models from the Artist Keith Brown.
Keith was one of the earliest adopters of SDL (Selective Deposition Lamination) paper-based 3D printing technology. He used the Mcor Matrix monochrome (one colour) 3D printer to create elegant and organic sculptures, experimenting with a variety of forms, textures and finishes, including ordinary boot polish, to achieve his vision.
However, Keith is driven by the possibilities of true, full-colour 3D printing, so Keith set about pushing the boundaries of his previous work to incorporate colour into his 3D printed sculpture using the Mcor IRIS. But more recently he has printed pieces on the Mcor ARKe which really exemplifies the full colour aspect of his work with over 2 million colours.
You will see his work on display at Rapidpro in a special ‘Hall of Fame’ booth so watch out if you are attending!
Great to see Mcor models achieving Hall of Fame recognition and thanks in this case to Keith Brown for producing such wonderful models!
DUNLEER, IRELAND, February 20, 2017 – Mcor, the leader in full-colour 3D printing, announced today that it will participate at the inaugural Irish SME Business Awards Final 2018. The awards will celebrate the hard work of the best professionals and businesses in the Irish SME sector. Thousands of nominations were received from the Irish public over the past months and Mcor is among the list of finalists. Numerous prestigious accolades will be awarded to the most deserving individuals and establishments, including Young Achiever of the Year, Growing Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and many more.
Mcor’s most recent product, the Mcor ARKe was launched at CES in 2016 and this 3D printer offers full colour 3D printing on the desktop that is also low cost to run, professional quality and eco-friendly. Mcor won the CES Best of Innovation Award for this product and was also a winner at the Edison awards in the office technology category in 2017. Mcor sells through a network of 50 dealers in 150 countries.
“We are thrilled to be a finalist in the inaugural Irish SME Awards,” says Dr Conor MacCormack, Co-founder and CEO of Mcor Technologies Ltd. “It is an honour to be named in the business growth category as we have made great efforts since launching the ARKe to expand our business into new territories and penetrate other large lucrative markets. We believe our newest product will be an industry disruptor and are excited to be recognized in Ireland as business leaders.”
Creative Oceanic organisers of events such as The Irish Hair and Beauty Awards and the Food Awards Ireland have introduced the Irish SME Business Awards to Ireland for the first time this year. Irfan Younis, CEO of Creative Oceanic, said: “We are delighted to see so many people getting involved in the inaugural Irish SME Business Awards. We have had a fantastic response from the public and we are looking forward to welcoming and acknowledging the most dedicated and successful SME business professionals and organisations in a celebration of their tireless work. We would like to wish all the finalists the best of luck.”
Mcor Technologies Ltd, Dunleer, Co Louth, is one of the finalists in the Irish SME business Awards in the Business Growth category and is a Black-tie event.