Mcor has further increased the colour capabilities of its IRIS 3D printer, offering sharper colours, higher quality colour on thin walls, meeting International Color Consortium (ICC) approval and 10 per cent reduced ink consumption.
The enhancements announced today build on the superior ‘True Colour’ capabilities that part of Mcor’s aggressive colour strategy, with the updates offering precise 3D models in industry-standard colours as presented in a photographer’s, engineer’s or designer’s photograph, CAD model, scan or illustration.
Without the ICC profile, 3D printers translate incoming colours to machine-specific ones, introducing unintended changes in the 3D printed colour along the way, with the IRIS outputting over 1 million colors and 5760 x 1440 x 508dpi.
The path to being the first company to gain this accreditation has been aided significantly by the materials used – standard A4 copy paper, and a tweaked colour inkjet printer, that uses a special formula to penetrate the paper accurately, before the layers are cut and bonded to form strong 3D models.
“The Holy Grail in 3D printing is the ability to print in full colour,” said Oscar Pakasi, managing director and founder of MyEasy3D.com, an e-commerce platform for 3D printing services. “Many 3D printing companies claim to print in full colour but print only a limited number of colours or produce inaccurate or muddy colours.
“One of the great advantages of Mcor’s technology – applying ink intended for paper onto paper – is the realistic look of the models and the beauty of the result. These new improvements extend the possibilities for 3D printing among the many educational institutions, 3D printing service bureaus and companies that can benefit from colour.”
“Our commitment is to exceed the expectations of people who experience our colour models and to make them see the real value in adding colour,” said Dr. Conor MacCormack, co-founder and CEO of Mcor Technologies Ltd. “We’ll continue to lead the industry, innovating and creating new possibilities for 3D printing in colour, which is a powerful and informative way to present 3D printed models to the world.”