3D Paper Printing 101: What Is It and Where Can I Find It?
MCOR is the first printer manufacturer to offer full-color, 3D paper printer. The sturdy paper output is as hard as wood, infused with light and bright colors. Compared to traditional 3D printing that uses nylon plastic or composite blends to produce parts, paper printing is more affordable, more ubiquitous, and more eco-friendly. Colorful 3D paper printing simply requires an MCOR 3D printer, ink, and paper. Paper is easy to obtain, recyclable, and inexpensive, making this style of 3D printing accessible to a wide variety of industries that might have been daunted by the cost or chemical processing and prep work needed for traditional 3D printing.
3D paper printing has the power to revolutionize a variety of industries. Below, we discuss some of the most exciting ways colored 3D printing can innovate your business.
TECHNOLOGY AND MANUFACTURING:
Design thinking encourages manufacturers and technology leaders to quickly create and test products they believe customers will enjoy. To cut back on production and development costs and increase speed to market, this method uses “MVP” – or minimal viable product – prototypes to capture the essence of an idea, test, and interactively improve it in the market. Full-color 3D paper printing gives companies the powerful flexibility to create lifelike prototypes of potential products and get more accurate feedback from their testing base. This leads to quicker improvements, greater profit margins, and happier customers.
Architecture is the marriage of art and science as we create buildings that are environmentally friendly, technologically intelligent, and beautifully integrated with the community. 3D printing revolutionizes architectural modeling and eliminates the need for painstakingly hand-glued replicas or simplified versions of blueprint models. When integrated with CAD software, 3d paper printing can quickly and affordably help visionaries translate their ideas and show what a new building should look like or how it will complement its surroundings. Sharing this output with potential clients, investors, developers, engineers, community members, and city planners can help define and support the creation process and rally the many hands involved in creating a building around a common vision.
Our world as shrinking into a global community as transportation becomes easier and the internet bridges knowledge across cultures. 3D paper printing makes it possible for school systems to capture the essence of a variety of subject matters and bring them to life in an affordable, and interactive way. Educators can create 3D models of a DNA helix, reproduce life-like archaeological artifacts, or hands-on models of complex subjects. Students can test their engineering and design skills when integrated with art instruction or computer engineering and drafting. The possibilities are endless.
Other industries from the medical field to entertainment industry can benefit from the accessibility and affordability of full-color 3D printing. If your industry isn’t on this list yet, start thinking about how MCOR’s stunning prototypes and reproductions could change the way you interact with your clients. We’d love to help make those ideas a reality.
- Dustin Heigl