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Phil mentioned Ireland’s Mcor Technologies when they premiered on Gizmodo back in 2008. Their monochrome Matrix 300+ printer, shown off in the above video, builds models by laminating regular copy/printer paper using controlled application of adhesive and 2D-mechanical cutting on each layer. A complete description is available in US Patent Application 2011/0094441.

Now, Mcor is at work on Iris, a prototype design that implements a full-color version of their process, presumably adding a color printing step, of some sort, on each sheet of paper. Check the video below to see some early results.

Mcor Technologies

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • http://www.therpf.com/f9/all-you-3d-printer-guys-168744/#post2604996 For all you 3D printer guys…

    […] individual sheets together to produce the print. They also have a prototype for color, too. Here's the article. Thought it looked like a cool technology that some of you'd be interested […]

  • http://www.facebook.com/davesonfire Dave Spencer

    Similar to the Solido PVC layer system.

  • http://3d4printers.wordpress.com/2012/11/27/3d-device-prints-in-and-on-paper/ 3D Device Prints In and On Paper « 3D4Printers

    […] recently read about a 3D printer that really blurs the line between the two technologies. This particular device, […]

  • Jim

    unless I am missing something, this appears to be very wasteful. look how much material it took to make one little piece. and the remainder is useless?

    • http://byjoby.com/ Joby

      Well the remainder is paper, so I bet it’s at least recyclable.

  • http://blog.makezine.com/2012/12/03/staples-rolling-out-pilot-3d-printing-service/ MAKE | Staples Rolling Out Pilot 3D Printing Service

    […] Mcor Technologies, whose paper-based 3D printing process we wrote about just last Monday, has entered into a deal with Staples’ Printing Systems Division to launch a […]

  • http://www.itclips.net/2012/12/04/staples-rolling-out-pilot-3d-printing-service/ Staples Rolling Out Pilot 3D Printing Service

    […] Mcor Technologies, whose paper-based 3D printing process we wrote about just last Monday, has entered into a deal with Staples’ Printing Systems Division to launch a new […]

  • geogeek

    is there any opensource paper based 3D printer ?

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