Mcor Technologies Ltd today announced at Euromold the availability of the IRIS, the world's first true colour 3D printer. Named after the goddess of the rainbow, the Mcor IRIS prints in more than one million hues simultaneously as it creates photo-realistic physical objects from 3D data.
While most "colour" 3D printers print only a handful of colours - one at a time in solid patches - the IRIS delivers True Colour, printing different hues simultaneously from a palette more than twice the size of its nearest competitor, including pure black.
Mcor takes its unique colour capability a major step further by rendering colour as rich, vibrant and complex as it appears on a computer screen.
That's because the build material is paper, the original and natural medium for coloured ink. The plaster employed by other 3D printers turns ink to mud, significantly altering intended hues.
"With the IRIS, what you see on your screen is what you get in your hand." said Mcor co-founder and CEO Dr. Conor MacCormack. "Ink was intended for paper, which is the ideal canvas for bright, high-resolution colour."
Other factors in IRIS colour quality include:
- Mcor's patented 3D colour ink, which permeates the entire part, not just the surface.
- Printabilty on all surfaces, including undercuts and side walls.
- Consistent colour from part to part.
IRIS specifications include:
- Build size: A4 Paper: 256 x 169 x 150mm / Letter Paper: 9.39 x 6.89 x 5.9 inches
- Layer Thickness: 0.1mm (0.004 in) / 0.19mm (0.007in ply colour only)
- Colour resolution: 5760 x 1440 x 508 dpi
- Machine resolution: 0.004 inches
- File Formats for Printing: STL, OBJ, VRML
- Software: Mcor's SliceIT plus Colour Module
- Workstation Compatibility: Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
Mcor also showcased the Mcor IRIS' monochrome sibling, the Mcor Matrix 300+. When pages are cut and bound together, the model is tough, durable and stable – no infiltration is required.
- Build Size: A4 Paper: 256 x 169 x 150 mm / Letter Paper: 9.39 x 6.89 x 5.9 inches
- Build Material: A4 (80 gsm & 160 gsm)Letter Size (20 lbs & 43 lbs)
- Layer Thickness: 0.1 mm (o.oo4 in) and0.19 mm (0.007 in)
- Resolution: 0.1 mm (0.004 in)
Mcor 3D printers employ water-based adhesive – no toxic fumes, lasers, airborne powder or toxic resins – enabling the machine to easily co-exist in an office or classroom. Part cost is 5 percent of other technologies' costs, and total cost of Mcor IRIS ownership over five years is one-fifth that of the competition.
The Mcor IRIS can be ordered today through Mcor's worldwide reseller network for December delivery at EUR11,300 (GBP10,200 or $15,866 USD), the manufacturer's suggested retail price per year for the three-year Free D plan. The unique Free D plan includes machine use, free materials and service.
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