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A new full color 3D printer sized for desktops: the Mcor ARKe


Mcor Technologies Ltd is a 3D printing company based in Dunleer, Ireland. They are famous for their paper 3D printers which are capable of 3D printing full colored objects.

Their 3D printers use the Selective Deposition Lamination (SDL) 3D printing technology. In a first step regular sheets of paper are colored printed with inkjet. Then the sheets of paper are superposed and glued on top of another. Layer after layer a sharp blade cuts around the paper to create the boundaries of the future object. This technology is ideal for mockups and 3D figurines.

The 3D printed objects can use the full CMYK color, with a minimum thickness of 100 microns by layer, at a resolution of 4800 x 2400 DPI in X, Y and 254 in Z. The parts have a look and feel similar to wood.

Mcor Arke

At CES 2016 in Las Vegas Mcor introduced a new color 3D printer to the public, the Mcor ARKe.

The machine is not exactly desktop sized with a footprint of 880 x 593 x 633 mm but it is office friendly. In operates with a paper spool and regular inkjet. The Mcor ARKe offers a 240 x 205 x 125 mm build volume.

With a price of only $5,999, it is the cheapest color 3D printer available on the market (for now!).

For a complete list of full color 3D printers available in 2016 click on the link.

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Pierre-Antoine Arrighi

Pierre-Antoine Arrighi is Aniwaa’s Technical Advisor and co-founder. Based in Paris, France, he is involved with the most important decisions in regards to the company’s overall strategy. He is also the team’s technical expert for all things related to 3D printing and scanning, as well as for virtual and augmented reality. He is also a Senior Consultant for French consulting firm kxiop.