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Mcor Technologies

Mcor Technologies

Mcor Technologies

Mcor Technologies Ltd is an innovative manufacturer of the world’s most affordable, full-colour and eco-friendly 3D printers, based in Co. Louth. They are the only 3D printers to use ordinary business A4 and letter
paper as the build material, a choice that renders durable, stable and tactile models. Established in 2004 with a talented team of specialists in the area of 3D printing hardware and software, Mcor’s vision is to make 3D printing more accessible to everyone. The company operates internationally from offices in Ireland, the UK, America and Asia-Pacific.

Mcor’s product range includes the Mcor Matrix 300+ (monochrome printer) and the Mcor IRIS (full-colour printer). Mcor serves many business sectors including education, engineering, architecture, entertainment and medical/dental. The company has over 60 retailers selling globally in Europe, the Middle
East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Some of Mcor’s key clients include Adobe, Autodesk, the Royal College of Art, the US Navy, Siemens and Panasonic.

ID2015 and Mcor are initiating a creative exploration that will bring skills and ingenuity together with the unique potential of Mcor’s technology.

mcortechnologies.com

Mcor Technologies Ltd is een innovatieve fabrikant van ’s werelds meest betaalbare full colour en milieuvriendelijke 3D-printers. Deze zijn de enige 3D-printers die gewoon A4- en Letter-papier gebruiken als constructiemateriaal; een keuze die duurzame, stabiele en tastbare modellen oplevert. Mcor is opgericht in 2004 met een getalenteerd team van specialisten op het gebied van 3D-printhardware en -software. Hun visie is 3D-printen toegankelijker te maken voor iedereen. Heet bedrijf opereert internationaal vanuit kantoren in Ierland, het Verenigd Koninkrijk, Amerika en de APAC-regio.

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Interview

Deirdre McCormack
of Mcor Technologies talks about innovation and the development of the company

As long as I’ve known Conor and Fintan, they’ve been inventing things. I’m married to Conor, and as soon as they get into a room together they’re dreaming up things on the back of envelopes. If it wasn’t this, it would have been something else. I’m the one with a marketing background, but this technology thrills me. There’s a certain awe to being able to produce a three dimensional object from one of our machines.

When we started it was funny, people would ask if they needed 3D glasses to see 3D printing. People couldn’t get past the idea of the virtual. 3D printing has actually been around for more than 30 years, but it’s only in the last 5 to 6 years that we’ve seen the emergence of more affordable printers. I think of it as democratising creativity. What’s different about us is that we’ve made the only paper-based 3D printer in the world.

You can print almost anything from regular sheets of A4 paper. This means it’s more environmentally friendly, and you can achieve full bit-map colours which are amazing. The results are very robust. They’re solid and tough, but you can also add finishes to make them flexible. The number of applications is increasing all the time. From a plastic surgeon to a designer, it’s a piece of technology that allows creativity and innovation to happen. I think people underestimate paper, it’s a very versatile material. In fact, when you’ve seen some of the things that come out of our machines, you wouldn’t look at paper in the same way again!

We’re always travelling to trade shows. We were at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas in January, hammering nails into a piece of wood with a paper hammer we’d printed ourselves. It takes people a few minutes to get the message, but then they’re amazed. From our base in Louth, we’re completely export orientated, selling through a network of resellers. Conor is a thought leader in the industry, so he’s invited to speak at lots of conferences. You can see the world of 3D printing growing all the time, but we stand out because we make the only paper-based printer.

We started out in 2005 with just the three of us, but now we’ve opened offices in the UK and USA. And yes, Conor and Fintan are still inventing. When they get together, you can see the sparks.