Mcor Technologies Ltd, manufacturer of the only line of desktop paper 3D printers in the world, announced that it has added two new channel partners. They will be working with Digital Graphic Supplies 3D in Australia, and Le FabShop in France to sell and distribute their range of 3D printers.
Le FabShop specializes in 3D modeling for digital fabrication, including 3D printing. Its Art Director, Samuel N. Bernier, is famous for his 3D printed lamps.
DGS 3D is the 3D printer division of Digital Graphic Supplies, an Australian company with over 30 years of experience in the pro-graphic supplies industry.
Mcor has been actively seeking new resellers. The two companies join a who's-who list of over 40 distributors worldwide. Mcor is currently represented in Europe, China, Japan, Korea, Russia, Middle East, North & South America and now, thanks to DGS 3D, in Australia.
I spoke with Deirdre MacCormack, a representative of Mcor Technologies, and asked her about Mcor's plans for the future.
"Our strategy is to appoint partners in most regions with experience in 3D printing or the wide format printing industry," Deirdre said. "Ultimately we are seeking innovative dealers who share our vision for making low-cost, full color 3D printing more accessible to the masses."
Mcor is unique among 3D printer manufacturers, because Mcor's printers use regular office paper as their primary medium, one secret to the relatively low cost. First a sheet of paper is laid down, then the machine deposits adhesive in a process called Selective Deposit Lamination. During SDL, adhesive is applied only to specific areas of the piece being built. Depending on the model, the adhesive may be heavier or thicker in certain parts, to ensure overall stability.
Once the adhesive is laid down, a new sheet of paper is fed through. The printer applies pressure to the two sheets to hold them together, and then a tungsten carbide blade cuts one sheet of paper at a time until the outline of the object is revealed. That process continues, layer by layer until the piece is finished.
After building, the process of "weeding" begins. Since Mcor's printers use sheets of regular office supply paper to build the model, the excess paper needs to be removed from the 3D object.
It's simpler than it sounds. During printing, the tungsten-carbide blade dices all the unnecessary supporting paper and the SDL process ensures excess material doesn't get glued to the object. The result? The unneeded stuff comes away in chunks, revealing the 3D creation.