Dr. Conor MacCormack Reveals Insights on Business and Industry for 3d Printing Paris France
www.mcortechnologies.com | @Mcor3DPrinting
What do you do?
I lead a company that makes 3D printers, Mcor Technologies. We push the boundaries of affordability, sustainability and color capability. We’re based in Dunleer, Ireland, with two offices in the U.S. I am co-founder and CEO.
What do you see as the biggest opportunity in your industry?
The democratization of innovation with affordable materials and the ability to produce the most realistic 3D printed models. It wasn’t that long ago only the biggest companies in the world had the tools at their disposal to innovate. Now, however, 3D printing puts the power of invention, rapid prototyping, and quick-cycle trial and error in everyone’s hands. Innovation no longer requires high levels of capital investment and subsequent huge risk. This revolution is unleashing the creativity of the masses and will foster new economic growth where you might least expect it.
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What impact will changes in your industry have on consumers? the world?
I say that we’ll look back on this time in history and remember it as the start of a revolution that will eventually put a 3D printer in every home – i.e., a 3D printer for everyone. Sometimes hype for the future is justified, and this is one of those instances. The futurists’ timelines may need adjusting, or the reality may ultimately take a different form than we imagine, but the promise of 3D printing is at least as profound as that of 2D printing.
What is your biggest goal right now?
Getting parts into people’s hands and getting people to realize that with this tool they can be creative and that making 3D objects is easy – as easy as printing on paper! It is also important that people realize that paper 1) is durable 2) is the ideal medium for the ink that colors our models and 3) yields a model that feels great in your hands 4) can be tapped, threaded, hinged and made water resistant and flexible 5) is a clean way to 3D print and 6) creates a model that is easily recycled when you’re done with it.
What kind of support or types of people do you need to accelerate your success?
We need two types of people. First, we need the many manufacturers, educators, architects and others who are convinced 3D printing is something they need but who are lingering on the sidelines waiting for the right time. We want them to join the movement and realize the right time is now!
Secondly, we need free thinkers who can put their heads together with ours and pave the way for new directions for the technology. The possibilities are endless and Mcor plans to be at the forefront of the next frontier of 3D printing.
What makes you or your work different from everybody else?
Affordability: Our 3D printers are the only ones in the industry that use A4 (or letter) copy paper as the build material instead of expensive plastics or plaster. The paper is bonded together in the printing process, making it tough and durable. This paper-based approach gives our customers the lowest operating costs in the industry, enabling them to create more models for their business, classroom or studio.
Color: No 3D printer has more color capability than our flagship 3D printer, the Mcor IRIS. It prints in full bitmap color, precisely putting ‘any color, anytime’ on the build and uniquely employing a global-standard ICC (International Color Consortium) color map to ensure accurate, photorealistic, WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) color printing.
Sustainability: Our 3D printers use no toxic chemicals and emit no toxic fumes or particulate. Our models, since they’re made of paper, can be discarded into the same recycling bin as your office paper. That’s cradle-to-grave sustainability.
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