Plastic, inks and metal are some of the increasingly popular substances for 3D printing. But also A4 sheets of paper.
Indeed, the above model was made by inking and crushing lots of office paper from a recently released 3D printer.
The Mcor Iris 3D printer, created by Irish startup Mcor Technologies, transforms sheets of standard A4 into solid and photorealistic 3D printed products.
The process uses 3D images to cut out the shapes of objects on standard paper, followed by applying small amounts of adhesive to glue the sheets together.
The County Louth-based company, founded by Irish brothers and engineers, Conor and Fintan MacCormack, says it’s available for all users, including product designers, architects, educators and parents.
So far the printers have been used to produce things like architects’ models, arts and crafts items, maps and facial reconstructions.
The printer is being sold by office supply chain Staples in countries including The Netherlands, Australia and Belgium.