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Stationary giant Staples has struck a deal with Ireland based 3D printing company Mcor Technologies to launch an online 3D printing service for in-store collection.
The service, called 'Staples’ Easy 3D', will allow customers to upload designs to the Staples Office Centre. Staples will use paper based 3D printing technology to materialise the designs using an Mcor Technologies IRIS printer – a 3D printer that builds objects up to A4 in size, layering 0.1mm thick paper on top of each other.
Being paper based, it can produce 3D objects with up to 1 million+ colours at a dpi of 5760 x 1440. The colour passes through the 3D part, not just on the surface, so the colours are consistent.
Speaking at the Euromold Conference today, Wouter Van Dijk, President of the Staples Printing Systems Division in Europe said: "Given our market leadership in commercial print, why would we ever stop at two dimensions? Customised parts, prototypes, art objects, architectural models, medical models and 3D maps are items customers need today, in a more affordable and more accessible manner. Mcor will help us to keep prices low, quality high and colour brilliant as we meet the demand."
Printing any object in the home is a way off according to Mcor Technologies co-founder and CEO Dr. Conor MacCormack who believes print shops could have a new lease of life: "Until that time, consumers will look to service bureaus. Staples is uniquely positioned to become the pre-eminent service bureau to the world, and we will help them deliver highest quality and value. Staples Easy 3D is a breakthrough service in innovation and access for consumers and businesses alike."
'Staples Easy 3D' will launch early next year in the Netherlands and Belgium and is expected to be rolled out quickly thereafter.
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For more information about MCOR Technologies visit www.mcortechnologies.com