Mcor - IRIS

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Industrial Full Colour 3D Printer Mcor IRIS - World's First True Colour 3d Printer

  • True Color Includes International Color Consortium (ICC) color map, 1+ million colors and 5760 x 1440 x 508dpi, delivering accurate, consistent, rich, realistic color from part to part, screen to part, as well as on undercuts and sidewalls
  • Unmatched Affordability Never has 3D color modeling and printing been so affordable — a fraction of the cost of any other 3D printing technology; now, with Mcor Technologies, you can print more full color models every day
  • Office Friendly & Easy to Use Safe build materials, low noise level, no toxic waste

True 3D Colour Printing

The Mcor IRIS is the world's first TRUE color 3D printer, printing in over 1 million colors. This printer is also the lowest cost and most eco-friendly industrial 3D printer on the market.The Mcor IRIS is the world's first TRUE color 3D printer. Named after the goddess of the rainbow, the Mcor IRIS prints in more than one million hues simultaneously as it creates photo-realistic physical objects from 3D data.

High-fidelity color is critical for many organizations in manufacturing, education, and architecture, military and health care that need product prototypes, architectural studies, three-dimensional maps and medical models to improve sales, marketing, communication, treatment and logistics.

While most “color” 3D printers print only a handful of colors – one at a time in solid patches – the IRIS delivers True Color, printing different hues simultaneously from a palette more than twice the size of its nearest competitor, including pure black.

Mcor takes its unique color capability a major step further by rendering color as rich, vibrant and complex as it appears on a computer screen. That’s because the build material is paper, the original and natural medium for colored ink. The plaster employed by other 3D printers turns ink to mud, significantly altering intended hues.

Low cost Printing

  • Standard office paper is affordable so you can print more models every day.
  • The cost per model is 5% that of competing technologies and the ongoing cost is about one-fifth that of any other 3D printing technology.
  • Regular paper is widely available at any office supply store.
Unmatched Color Capability
  • Ink is designed for paper and Mcor’s patented ink penetrates through the paper, resulting in high color fidelity and photorealistic models.
  • Color is consistent with the color on your screen, from part to part and on undercuts and sidewalls.
  • Print over a million colors – more than any other 3D printer.
  • No need to infiltrate color parts because, even infiltrated, the color is rich and vibrant and the model durable.
No this isn’t a real iPhone. It was 3D printed on the IRIS

Highest Quality

  • Models are realistic and have fine detail.
  • Parts are incredibly strong – even parts that haven’t been infiltrated.
  • Parts are tactile; they aren’t rough or heavy.

Most, Safe & Easy to Use

  • Paper 3D printing is quiet, non-toxic and safe.
  • Paper, water-based glue and ink can all be fully recycled. Even the 3D printed models themselves can be recycled.
  • Pre-used paper can be used in Mcor 3D printers.
  • No chemicals are needed to dissolve support material and there are no toxic fumes to vent.
  • Paper 3D printing is clean and compact. There are no messy powders to vacuum or dust.
  • It only takes minutes to remove a model from the surrounding paper support after printing.
Topographical map, 3D printed in full colour by the Mcor IRIS machine
How the Mcor IRIS Works

It’s a Selective Deposition Lamination (SDL) machine with all of its printing components, including a color inkjet printer, contained within a closed system. Everything happens behind the glass of the box, where the machine basically glues paper together and cuts the model out, layer by layer. Like a plastic 3D printer, software first slices the 3D model based on the thickness of the paper being used. If printing in color, it will also take any texture information and assign it to each sheet.

Regular 20 - 40 lbs paper is run through a modified Epson printer using ink that Mcor developed. A laser printer or regular inkjet can’t be used since toner and standard ink does not penetrate the page--which would create thin white bands in the finished model. Mcor had to design an ink that would do the opposite of what you normally want, and soak through the page so the colors are saturated. The printer uses really large ink cartridges, which you can see sitting on the print table in the above photo. The print will also have a certain amount of bleed to allow leeway for cutting.

Each page is barcoded to mark its place in the queue and if any sheets are found to be missing or out of order, the printer will pause to allow you to fix it. There are also alignment marks which are read to ensure each layer lines up properly. Once all the pages are printed they are stacked in the feeder to prep for printing.

The barcode reader checks each page for order and alignment. The print head then puts down a thin layer of glue on the print bed and the first sheet is aligned and pulled into place. The print platform presses the pages upwards against a heated pad to ensure proper bonding.

A tungsten-carbide cutter goes around the outline of the model and then scores the surrounding blank paper so it can be removed when the model is finished. The tungsten-carbide blade is rated for approximately 7000 sheets of paper before a changeout is needed. Glue is lightly applied to the paper surrounding the model so it can be removed easier, while a more substantial amount is added to the model area. The process continues until all the sheets have been used and the model is finished.

An Unprecedented Colour Palette

“The combination of an unprecedented color palette, extraordinary colour detail and pure economy blew open our 3D printing program. At SAIC, architecture and designed objects students had been the primary users, but the Mcor IRIS has attracted students from across all of our disciplines, including sculpture, animation and fashion.” Explained Dorries. “The 3D printed models are phenomenal, the quality is great, the color is deep, and the materials are ubiquitous.”


Technical Specifications

Resolution: x, y & z axis: 12μ, 12μ, 100μ  Power Requirements: 350W, 240v 50Hz or 120v 60Hz 
Color: 1 million+ colors (CYMK – 4 cartridges including black) x, y & z axis: 5760 x 1440 x 508dpi Network Connectivity: TCP/IP 100/10 base T
Build Size: A4 Paper: 256 x 169 x 150mm File Formats for Printing: STL, OBJ, VRML
Build Material: A4 Standard Office Paper 80gsm (160gsm ply color only) Hardware Requirements: 8GB memory and 100GB hard drive,2 network cards, one for the printer
Layer Thickness: 0.1 mm Operating System: 64bit Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
Recyclable Parts/Material: Yes Regulatory Compliance: CE, UL
Equipment Dimensions: 950 x 700 x 800mm System Software: SliceIT, ColourIT
Equipment Weight: 160kg Special Facility Requirements: None
Stand Dimensions: 1160x720x940mm  Office Compatibility: Yes
Stand Weight: 150kg  

Additional Information

x, y & z axis: 12μ, 12μ, 100μ
1 million+ colors, 5760 x 1440 x 508dpi
Build Size:
A4 Paper: 256 x 169 x 150mm
Build Material:
A4 Standard Office Paper 80gsm
Layer Thickness:
0.1 mm
Recyclable Parts/Material:
Equipment Dimensions:
950 x 700 x 800mm
Equipment Weight:
Stand Dimensions:
Stand Weight:
Power Requirements:
350W, 240v 50Hz or 120v 60Hz
Network Connectivity:
TCP/IP 100/10 base T
File Formats for Printing:
Hardware Requirements:
MEM: 8GB, HD:100GB and 2 Network Cards
Operating System:
64bit Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
Regulatory Compliance:
System Software:
SliceIT, ColourIT
Facility Req.:
Office Compatibility: