Paper Rapid Prototyping

I have the habit of keeping an ear on the happennings in the Rapid Prototyping industry because SYCODE offers quite a few products for that industry. Today my attention was drawn to a company called Mcor Technologies which offers a 3D printer that creates models from office paper. Yes, normal A4/Letter sized paper. They call it Paper Rapid Prototyping wherein sheets of paper are glued together and then weeded to result in a 3D part. Literrally 3D printing on good old 2D paper!

The product is called Mcor Matrix and is priced at 18,900 EUR ($27,760) with an annual maintenance of 1,500 EUR ($2,200).

I guess people buying one of these will have no need for a paper shredder.

  • Scott

    This technology is nothing new. Laminated Object Modeling (LOM) machines have been around as far back as early SLA machines. They were more popular at the time because the SLA material was so brittle whereas paper glued together and cured was nearly as strong as wood. The short comings were the time needed to laminate and cure each layer and of course the finish is as good as the thickness of the paper. Needless to say, a lot of hand finishing and a lot of wasted material ($$$).

    I still like LOMs because the laser used to cut the profile into the sheet of paper can be used to cut other materials, like balsa or aircraft plywood. Talk about a multi-functional machine.

  • Scott

    This technology is nothing new. Laminated Object Modeling (LOM) machines have been around as far back as early SLA machines. They were more popular at the time because the SLA material was so brittle whereas paper glued together and cured was nearly as strong as wood. The short comings were the time needed to laminate and cure each layer and of course the finish is as good as the thickness of the paper. Needless to say, a lot of hand finishing and a lot of wasted material ($$$).I still like LOMs because the laser used to cut the profile into the sheet of paper can be used to cut other materials, like balsa or aircraft plywood. Talk about a multi-functional machine.