UK artist Claire Goddard is renowned for her paper-based art. She's spent the last fifteen years experimenting and discovering every possible way to cut, shape and mold paper to create beautiful objects. Much of her work used to be painstakingly done by hand, sometimes with the help of expert craftspeople in her area.
When Claire decided to move back to England after a decade in Finland, she lost that network of local artists and decided it was time for a change. "From both an esthetic and productivity perspective, it was time to modernize," says Goddard. "That's how I came to consider 3D printing."
Claire nearly swore off 3D printing the first time she saw it in action. The printer she saw was hard at work, extruding layer upon layer of brightly colored plastic. "I was not interested in the plastic at all," she said. "I want to modernize, but I don't want to be industrial. Eco-friendly paper is the right medium for me."
That's when Claire discovered Mcor's line of 3D printers. Mcor makes the only line of paper based 3D printers in the world and the printing process combines regular desktop paper with layers of glue to make structurally sound models. "The Mcor Matrix 300+ gives me a much more modern form than I could ever create with my hands alone, as well as more intricate shapes," she said. "I can then choose which textures and colors to add by hand, giving me the choice in every instance to preserve the original sleekness or make it more rustic."
Recently Claire used her Matrix 300+ to create beautiful paper bowls with inspiring words cut into them. Her 3D printed bowls are currently on exhibit at the Flow Gallery in London and Claire is already thinking about her next project. "This is just the start of something," she says. "3D printing is leading me in a whole new direction. I'm excited about the technology, a new process for paper, and the new things I can do with it. I'm going from concept to execution in a day, and ending up with something virtually impossible to create any other way. It's humbling and exhilarating at the same time."
Mcor's paper-based 3D printers aren't just useful for producing artistic sculptures. Surgeons in Belgium are using their non-toxic print process to produce guides that speed up complicated operations and colleges are praising them for their affordability. If you want to see Mcor's Matrix 300+ in action you can watch the short video below: