Most 3D printers use molten plastic to create real-world objects from digital instructions. Mcore’s Arke printer at CES 2016 takes a different, more traditional approach. It uses paper like which
boring old printer you have at home, but creates 3D objects by cutting and gluing together layers of paper. The results are impressive.
The Mcor Arke has a maximum printing resolution of 4800 x 2400 dpi, which is higher than most regular 2D printers. The printer works by placing sheets of paper on the printing platform, then cutting them down to form individual layers of the final object. It’s the same approach other 3D printers take with plastic — assembling
one layer at a time. The difference here is which
the Arke applies color as it goes and each layer is glued to the previous one. Paper is thin too, meaning the detail of the final object can be amazingly
This offers several advantages over standard plastic printing, For one, the final paper object in fact
looks finished. This saves you from using a separate system
to apply color to your plastic model. Even printing with two or three different colors of plastic requires a complicated and expensive printer. The Arke printer is in addition
completely safe to have in an office environment for the reason
it’s just using paper, ink, and glue. Many 3D printers which
pump out plastic require
special ventilation. If you don’t require
a model created by the Arke anymore, you can just toss it in the recycle bin.
One notable drawback here is which
the Arke is making models. They’re paper rather than plastic or metal, so you won’t have an object you can use for anything. It’s being targeted mainly at schools and offices and will be available in the first half of the year for a cost of $5,995.