Mcor Technologies has announced that its flagship Mcor IRIS paper true-colour 3D printer is the first 3D printer to abide by a global colour accuracy standard.
The IRIS includes an International Color Consortium (ICC) profile, which profile ensures the 3D printer will consistently produce precise industry-standard colours as presented in a photographer’s, engineer’s or designer’s photograph, CAD model, scan or illustration.
Without the ICC profile, 3D printers translate incoming colours to machine-specific ones, which therefore alter the 3D printed colour along the way.
"It’s not enough for a 3D printer’s colours to be big, bold, plentiful and realistic (an extremely rare combination), they must also be accurate," Mcor states.
The ICC is an international organisation for colour management, and the Mcor ICC profile is calibrated to device-independent Commission Internationale de L’Eclairage, International Commission on Illumination, (CIE) colours. The CIE is a standardised, globally-recognised reference for display, input and output devices.
Dr Conor MacCormack, Cofounder and CEO of Mcor Technologies, explained: "Ask any creative or marketing professional: accurate colour matters. That’s why standards exist, and why we are the first 3D printer manufacturer to embrace them. A gram is a gram and a metre is a metre anywhere on the planet because of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. Likewise, a company's logo will be the same colour on the computer screen as on a model 3D printed by the Mcor IRIS because of our ICC profile. The result is a truly what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) experience.
"Any printer without a standard-based colour profile is likely to produce 'off colours'. Printing without it is like painting your living room without a swatch from the manufacturer. We're the only 3D printer manufacturer that has one."
The ICC colour profile is embedded within the company’s latest version of its SliceIT driver software.
Moreover, Mcor has introduced one-click file fixing by announcing a pioneering function that makes design files ready to print as they are received. The new automated file-fixing software, included with every Mcor 3D printer, removes unseen geometries that can complicate 3D printing of sophisticated models.
"This solves a problem that has dogged the CAD industry for years," said MacCormack. "It has helped us achieve our goal of a one-click solution that makes any STL file geometrically printable."